Policy on University Security Alarms

  1. Purpose
    1. To provide necessary information to agencies responding to activated security alarms in campus buildings.
    2. To establish a procedure for the registration and installation of security alarms.
    3. To establish how security alarms are monitored.
    4. To establish a procedure for handling false alarms.
  2. Definition

    Alarms are any assembly of equipment which is designed or functions to provide an audible, mechanical, or electrical signal or phone message which indicates a disturbance or some other activity that requires urgent attention.

    Security alarms are intrusion alarms, tamper alarms, or panic alarms.

  3. Registration and installation of security alarm equipment

    All security alarms shall be registered with the Division of Public Safety (DPS). Registering such alarms will provide DPS with the following information: location(s) covered by alarm, type(s), vendor(s), hours of operation, complete list of departmental contacts, and any special details that responders should know. DPS assumes no cost whatsoever for these systems.

    Security alarms shall not be purchased or activated at the U of I without prior approval of DPS. Department will complete an installation request form obtained from DPS before a system is purchased. DPS does not provide installation or monitoring of security alarms; however, DPS is the agency responsible for responding to all security alarms.

  4. Monitoring of security alarms

    Monitoring of security alarms is provided by commercial vendors. DPS can assist with securing names of potential alarms vendors.

  5. Handling false alarms

    When an alarm system has five (5) false alarms within a twelve (12) month period, the Director of Public Safety shall serve a notice to the alarm user and commercial vendor stating that the alarm system is in danger of becoming a nuisance. The Director of Public Safety shall require that the alarm user and commercial vendor provide a written response to the Director of Public Safety within ten (10) calendar days of the receipt of the notice, describing those actions that have been taken or those actions that will be taken to discover and eliminate the cause of the false alarms.

    Excluding false alarms received during the first thirty (30) days after initial installation of an alarm system at a facility or premises, an alarm system shall constitute as a nuisance if ten (10) or more false alarms occur within a twelve (12) month period.