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Police Call Boxes
Yellow Police call boxes, like the ones pictured above, are located near all entrances/exits to all buildings on campus, on all floors of the One Main, Academic and Commerce Street Buildings, at the entrance and exit to the parking garage and satellite parking areas. Police call boxes are also located in all elevators but are not identified as the ones above. Police assistance may be requested by activating any call box.
Police Escort Assistance
To ensure the safety of all faculty, staff, students and visitors, the UHD Police Department provides police escort assistance. To request an escort to your vehicle, come by the Police Department, Suite 118-North, or notify the police dispatcher via any police call box. This service is available 24 hours a day.
A now familiar sight to the university community are our security officers. The security officers' presence is most noticed at the Commerce Street and Shea Street Buildings, in addition to the W.I. Dykes Library in the One Main Building, however they may be seen all over campus. They are here to reinforce the UH-Downtown Police Department's commitment to making your educational and work endeavors safe and secure. Suspicious persons and/or activities can be reported directly to them or any UH-Downtown Police Officer.
Dead battery? Locked your keys in your vehicle? Police personnel will be happy to assist you! To request assistance, contact the Police Department, Suite 118-North, or notify the police dispatcher via any police call box. Please note that due to safety considerations, UHD Police will not attempt to jump start any vehicle in the rain or where standing water interferes with this service. Vehicles parked in covered parking garages will be accommodated.
It is recommended that all students, faculty, staff and visitors of the University of Houston-Downtown carry identification with them while on University of Houston-Downtown property. Section 51.209 of the Texas Education Code states, "The governing board of the state institution of higher education or its authorized representatives may refuse to allow persons having no legitimate business to enter on property under the board's control, and may reject any undesirable person from the property on his/her refusal to leave peaceably. Identification may be required of any person on the property."
Police Officer Jurisdiction
The Texas Education Code defines the UH-Downtown Police Department's primary jurisdiction as all counties in which property is owned, leased, rented or otherwise under the control of the University of Houston System Board of Regents and also includes streets contiguous to and running through the campus. Within a peace officer's primary jurisdiction, a peace officer commissioned under this section;
A county citation may be issued for traffic violations and for most Class C misdemeanors.
Resolution of county citations is as follows:
Lost and Found
The Police Department Records Division, Suite 118-North, provides lost and found services for the university. All items received by the Records Division are stored for a period of 30 calendar days. After 30 days, unclaimed items are destroyed.
The W.I. Dykes Library, Academic Computing Lab (Room 800S) and some other departments operate separate lost and found services. Usually at the end of academic semesters, these departments turn in these items into the Police Department's Lost and Found. These items, due to extended time period in which they are kept, are immediately destroyed.
To request a copy of an accident report, incident report and/or information report, come by the University Police Department, Suite 118-North in the One Main Building, and complete a Texas Public Information Act Request Form . Processing of the form can take up to ten (10) business days.
Texas Public Information Act Request Forms are forwarded to the UH System Office of General Counsel for that office to determine, in accordance with applicable Texas law, what, if any, of the information requested will be released. An attorney from the UH System Office will then contact you in the time allowed under Texas law.
Requests for copies will not be honored unless the Texas Public Information Act Request Form is completed.
Metro & Metrorail @ UHD
The University is served by numerous Metro bus routes. The northernmost Metrorail station is located directly in front of UH-D. Schedules, map routes and a Metrorail ticket dispenser are located in the Cashier's Office or from Metro Route Information, 713-635-4000. Metrolift can be reached by calling 713-225-0119.
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Last updated or reviewed on 3/9/09