Campus Police

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To keep every student, faculty/staff and visitor to the University of Rio Grande Campus as safe as possible.

The best protections against campus crime are: a strong law enforcement presence; an aware, informed and alert campus community; and a commitment to reporting suspicious activities and using common sense when carrying out daily activities. URG strives to be a safe place to learn, live, work and grow.

The primary objective of the department is to provide a safe and healthy environment that enhances the campus learning experience and complements the University’s education mission.


Additional Services

  • Provide police protection and security for the campus community and property.
  • Provide escorts to students and employees who may feel uncomfortable walking to their vehicles alone.
  • Offer vehicle unlock and jump start assistance to students, employees and guests.
  • Safe Storage for Valuables

Any student who is leaving town for a weekend, Christmas or Spring Break and wants to leave items such as laptops, video games, or other items of value may bring these items to the Campus Police for storage. Upon your return to campus the item will be returned to you.

The item will be documented into storage and you must have your student ID with you when you bring the item. A copy will be made of the student ID and it will be returned only to that person.


Compliments or Complaints

If you would like to compliment the actions of or file a complaint against an employee of the University of Rio Grande Campus Police Department there are four ways to do so.

In Person

Come to the Campus Police officer at 263 East College Ave. Rio Grande, Ohio 45674. Explain your purpose and a supervisor will be contacted.

Via Telephone

Call 740-245-7286 and explain your purpose. A supervisor will be contacted from that contact

Via Traditional Mail

Send your communications to Campus Police P.O. Box 500 Rio Grande, Ohio 45674, Attention: Chief of Police

Via Email

To file a compliment or complaint –

The University of Rio Grande Campus Police has the responsibility to protect the rights of persons within its jurisdiction. This includes its officers and employees from false allegations of misconduct. In this context, complainants should be made aware of the following sections of the Ohio Criminal Code:


  • Section 2917.32(A)(3) No person shall report to any law enforcement any law enforcement agency an alleged offense or other incident within its concern, knowing that such offense did not occur.


  • Section 2921.13(A) No person shall knowingly make a false statement, or knowingly swear or affirm the truth of a false statement previously made when any of the following apply:


=The statement is made with purpose to mislead a public official in performing their function


  • Section 2921.15 (B) No person knowingly file a complaint against a peace officer that alleges that the peace officer engaged in misconduct in the performance of the officer’s duties if the person knows the allegation is false.

*These crimes are misdemeanors of the first degree and punishable upon conviction by a fine not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment of more than 6 months*


Officer Compliments/Complaints

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Emergency Informaiton

  • For any potentially life threatening situation, contact Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at 9-911.
  • If you have questions or to inform the nurse of a problem, contact, Health Services extension 7350.
  • After Health Services hours or on weekends, resident students in need of immediate medical attention should contact their Student Life Coordinator or Resident Assistants.
  • CAMPUS POLICE may be reached at campus extension 7286.
  • For assistance or information for poisoning, contact Holzer Medical Center Emergency Room: 446-5201
  • For assistance or information concerning drug abuse, potential suicide, contact Crisis Line: 446-5554 or Holzer Medical Center Emergency Room: 446-5201
  • For information about Substance Abuse Treatment contact F.A.C.T.S: 446-7866 or 286-1589 Monday through Friday.
  • Activate one of the yellow emergency call boxes located along walkways and parking lots through out campus.

How to subscribe and setup Nixle.

To subscribe to our messaging system within Nixle, create an account by following the link:

Once you are finished with this process,

  • Click “Settings”
  • Click “Search for more Agencies, Community Groups & Neighbors”
  • Type “University of Rio Grande Campus Police”into the search box
  • Click “Go”
  • Check the box where it says “Subscribe to University of Rio Grande Campus Police”
  • Click the “Subscribe to Selected Agencies”

Message Publishing

Our police department and other local municipal agencies use Nixle as a publishing system. Messages are created and assigned a priority level ensuring important information reaches you in a timely manner.

Receiving Messages

Enter your mobile phone number to receive messages by SMS (text message). You can also choose to receive emails, or simply view the messages by logging into your Nixle account.

You decide!

Information available:

  • School delays
  • Closing announcements
  • Dangerous/suspicious people on campus
  • Gas leaks/water breaks/hazardous materials

Rio Grande Community Outdoor Early Warning System

The community of Rio Grande recently acquired and installed an outdoor early warning system. The purpose of the system is to warn citizens of impending emergencies such as severe weather, hazardous material spills, and other critical incidents such as terrorist attacks or an active shooter in one of our area schools or at the University of Rio Grande.

The system consists of two large sirens mounted on 50 foot poles. One is installed near the Berry Fine & Performing Arts Center along State Route 325 at the University of Rio Grande, and the second is installed on the south facing hill on the campus of Buckeye Hills Career Center. This system will provide protection to all citizens of Rio Grande and vicinity.

The sirens rotate 360 degrees and can be heard indoors or out up to one mile away once activated. The system also has a public address function that will allow for voice instructions during an emergency. The system is activated via radio and controlled by the Gallia County 911 Communications Center in Gallipolis. Once activated, both sirens at the University and Buckeye Hills Career Center will sound simultaneously. The early warning system is fully self contained and is battery and solar powered.

To maintain the system it has to be tested weekly. This test will occur at noon on Saturdays. On the first Saturday of each month an audible siren tone test will occur in which you will hear a test tone from the system. The remaining Saturday noon tests of the month will be a silent function test. Although we understand that the audible test once a month may be annoying to some, it is necessary to ensure the system is functioning properly when it is needed in a real emergency. This system will be placed in service on January 1st, 2009 with the first audible test being conducted on Saturday January 3rd, 2009 at 12:00 noon.

What do I do if I hear a siren tone and what do the different tones mean?

It remains important for all to know the different tones and what each tone means especially our children and students at our secondary schools and the University of Rio Grande. Below is a list of the tones and what action you should take in the event a real emergency is broadcast:

This tone is to alert to an active shooter, terrorist attack, or other serious school emergency.

INSTRUCTIONS: Lockdown in place, lock all home or building exterior and interior doors. Stand by for further public address instructions. Wait for all clear tone.

This tone is for tornado warnings and any other severe weather forecast for Rio Grande and vicinity that will potentially produce significant property damage and injuries to persons.

INSTRUCTIONS: Seek shelter immediately in an area or room deemed safest in your building or home. Stand by for further public address instructions. Wait for all clear tone.

This tone is to warn of a hazardous materials emergency.

INSTRUCTIONS: Shelter in place, close all doors and windows, and stand by for further public address instructions.

This is the tone to announce all clear. The emergency is over.

INSTRUCTIONS: The emergency no longer exist resume normal activity.

Is there a source where I can become familiar with the different siren tones?

It is essential that all citizens, students, and visitors, and those who are employed in the Rio Grande area familiarize themselves with siren tones above.

You may access these tones on the following web sites:

This system was made possible by a joint effort by the University of Rio Grande, Village of Rio Grande, Buckeye Hills Career Center, Gallipolis City Schools, Gallia County Local Schools, Gallia County Board of Commissioners, Gallia County 911, Gallia County Emergency Management Agency, Bob Evans Farm, Buckeye Rural Electric, and Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.

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University of Rio Grande Bias Report for 2020

The Campus Police Chief for the University of Rio Grande conducted a Bias Review for the year 2021 on January 3rd, 2022

There were nine (9) applicable traffic stops made with no indications of bias.

There were no reported incidents of bias for the year 2021

**** There were no campus or public officer complaints investigated or made in 2021 so there were no applicable bias corrections necessary****


At home, in an apartment building or in a residence hall:
  • Keep your room door locked when you are napping or sleeping.
  • Never let unauthorized persons come into your room, enter residence halls, or enter apartment security doors. Always ask to see proper identification.
  • Never prop open inside or outside doors.
  • Do not hide keys outside of your room or apartment. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  • Avoid working or studying alone in a campus building.
  • Never dress in front of a window. Close blinds or curtains after dark.
  • If you are awakened by an intruder inside your room, do not attempt to apprehend the intruder. Try to get an accurate description of the intruder and then call the police.
  • Any suspicious activity should be reported to the University Police immediately.


When driving:
  • Carry your car keys when approaching your vehicle so you can enter quickly.
  • Always check underneath your car upon approach and in the rear seat for intruders before entering your automobile.
  • Lock your doors and keep windows rolled up whenever possible.
  • Drive on well-traveled and well-lit streets.
  • Never hitchhike, and never pick up hitchhikers.
  • If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, sound the horn and drive to a safe area such as a convenience store.
  • If your vehicle breaks down, ask any person who stops to help to call the police. Do not allow any person access to you or inside your car. Roll down your window no more than an inch. Be aware that an accident may be staged to provide the other driver an opportunity to commit a criminal act.
  • Leave enough room between your car and the one ahead so you can drive around it if necessary.
  • Call ahead when driving to your home or apartment late at night and have someone watch you walk from your car to the residence.
  • Limit distractions such as cell phones.
While walking or jogging:
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, and try not to walk or jog after dark.
  • Avoid dark or vacant areas. Walk along well-lit routes.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed: Run in a different direction, go to the other side of the street and yell for help, or move quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or a blue light emergency phone.
  • Have your keys ready when returning to your residence hall or apartment. Keep your personal or valuable items concealed and close to your body.
  • Avoid wearing headphones when walking or jogging. Always be aware of your surroundings and practice risk avoidance techniques.


Property protection:
  • Lock your door whenever you leave your room for ANY length of time or when sleeping.
  • Secure your vehicle. Close all windows and lock all doors.
  • Never prop open any door.
  • Adequately protect all valuables in your room, such as wallets, jewelry, credit cards, cash and computers. Do not leave valuables or cash in plain view.
  • Protect your books and put your name in them. Do not leave them in public places.
  • Do not loan your keys to anyone.
  • Never hide your keys outside your apartment or room. Do not put your name or address on your key rings.
  • Take all valuable items home with you during vacations.
  • When in a public place, keep valuable possessions out of sight. If you must leave an area for any length of time, take personal items with you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to have a student parking permit?
This is so vehicles on campus can be identified for security reasons. We want to be able to determine who should be here and who should not be in case of emergencies. The student parking permits also enable the campus police to contact students in a quick efficient manner should their vehicle be damaged or struck in the parking lots.
How much do student parking permits cost?
This varies from year to year. The costs are set and approved by the University of Rio Grande Board of Trustees, normally in June of each year.
Where do I get my student parking permit?

The permits are only obtained at the campus police station. Please bring your vehicle information and student ID (or class schedule) with you.

When can I get my student parking permit?

They normally are delivered in July of each year. When they arrive and are ready for distribution the campus police chief will send out an email to students that they are available. You are not required to have them until after the first week of Fall classes. There is a grace period for students the first week of school in order to get acclimated. If you desire to get your student parking permit in July, or August prior to school it saves you time from standing in line and is one less thing to worry about when classes start. Prior to the start of classes you should always call the campus police office (740-245-7286) to ensure someone will be available to issue you a permit, so as not to make a trip when this process will not be available.

Do I have to pay for my student parking permit when I get it?
Payments for student parking permits are not made to the campus police department. When the permits are issued the fee is put onto the student’s campus account. You may go pay on it at the business office, or pay it at a later date. Some types of student financial aid, grants and scholarships do assist on the payment of student parking permits so you may want to check on this about the third week of Fall classes.
When does the student parking permit I purchase expire?
The student parking permits are good for that entire school year only, basically from Fall to Fall semesters. For example if you purchase a student parking permit for the start the 2012 school year, the pass will be valid throughout the Fall and Spring of 2013, as well as through the summer. You will need a new permit to start the Fall of 2013. **The back side of the student parking permits will clearly state the expiration dates.
Is there anything I need to do prior to obtaining my student parking permit?
Just pre-register on the website. Get to the parking section and follow the directions. This will save you several minutes when come to the campus police station to obtain the permit.
What if I change vehicles or license plates during the school year?
You can go to this same website and make the necessary changes of information on your vehicle. If you have trouble you can call the secretary at the campus police, or stop by for assistance.
What if I have a student parking permit, but forget to change it over to the vehicle I am driving that day temporarily?
You can stop by the campus police and get a temporary pass for the day.
Where can I park legally on campus?
There are not assigned individual parking spots for students, just open student parking areas. There are many spots behind the Lyne Center (several levels), at Bob Evans Farm Hall lot (several levels) and behind the Jenkins Student Center. “Handicapped” – “Staff/Faculty” – “Visitors” or in the marked “Fire Lane” between the dorms, as well some specially position spots (SLC, Health Services, Postal Service and IT section) are not available for students.

There normally is always going to be more than enough parking spaces available for students. There may not always be a spot right at the door of your classroom, so you should plan accordingly.

What areas traditionally get students ticketed?
Students that park in a marked handicap spot, when they do not have a valid handicap placard. This is a $250 dollar fine not only on the University of Rio Grande campus, but in public and is something that is not acceptable.

Students parking in staff/faculty marked spots. Unless you are staff or faculty member do not park in these spots. This usually occurs when students are running late for class and choose to take a chance and get closer to the buildings.

Fire lanes must be kept open and clear for emergency vehicles should there ever be the need for the resident halls. There is a very short time period allowed for students to load and unload items such as laundry and groceries. Often times this short period turns into extended vehicle abandonment.

Why can’t I park in the visitor parking lots?
The visitor lot is for visitors to the campus. For example parents coming to campus to visit their children in resident halls, parents attending sporting events and persons conducting business on campus.

*Students often park in the visitor lots to get parking spots closer to the buildings, but these spots need to remain open for the above mentioned reasons. Often students will hide their student parking permits in glove box (or) under car seats in attempts to look like a visitor to the campus, as opposed to a student. This obviously should not be done.

What should I do if I receive a parking ticket on campus?
You need to either pay the fine at the business office, or (within 72 hours) submit an appeal. The appeal must be based on a valid reason that you were in a proper student parking area (or) did not have a valid student parking permit. The fact that you did not want a parking ticket is not an appropriate appeal.

Appeal forms are located at the campus police and must be completed with 72 hours of the offense. An email and / or phone number will need to be provided in order for notification of the appeal status.

If your appeal is denied, or choose not to appeal you will need to pay the fine at the business office. The fine goes onto your student account and must be addressed. Failure to address the fine will cause a block on your account which will keep you from getting grades and signing up for your next semester classes.



The University of Rio Grande Campus Police is a full-service law enforcement agency that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, from its headquarters at 504 E. College Street. The department employs sworn officers who patrol the campus.

Contact: 740-245-7286 or

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