University Police Department

Campus Safety

At Henderson State University, we are committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment conducive to learning. A well informed community is essential to achieving the university's goals. To that end, we have implemented numerous measures to ensure the safety of the Henderson State community and to provide timely warnings in case of an emergency.

Clery Report and Laura's Card

The 2023 Clery Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: emergency preparedness, reducing your risk of crime, fire safety, Henderson State University Police Department’s law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and other matters of importance to security and safety on campus. It also contains information about the crime statistics for the university’s campus, Hot Springs location, and other locations within the university’s crime reporting geography.

Law enforcement agencies responding to crime incidents are required by Arkansas’s Victim’s Bill of Rights outlined in Arkansas Victim Rights Act of 1997 and Laura's Card Act 873 to inform victims in writing of their victim’s rights. Officers must inform victims of the availability of services: medical, housing, counseling, financial, social, legal, and emergency services. In addition, officers MUST inform victims about how to obtain orders of protection, how to access public records related to the case, and about the Arkansas Crime Victims Reparations Board (including the address and phone number). The Henderson State University Police Department maintains a copy of Laura's Card online.

Emergency Procedures

Emergency Blue Light Phones

Henderson State University has 10 outdoor emergency call phones installed across the campus. These Blue Light phones allow students, faculty, and visitors to contact 911 emergency services anytime day or night. The phones are installed at the following locations:

  • Caplinger Airway Science Academic Center
  • Evans Hall
  • Garrison Activity and Conference Center
  • Huie Library
  • International Student Center
  • Russell Fine Arts Center
  • Smith Hall
  • South Lawn
  • Sturgis Hall
  • Wells Building

Emergency Notifications

We can share urgent news - including weather alerts and closings - with our community in several ways:

  • Email
  • Text messaging
  • Social media
  • Outdoor warning notification system
  • Website

We are always working to improve the ways our campus can report emergencies and how we can tell our colleagues about emergency situations and closings. The channels we use to communicate will change, depending on the severity of the situation.