Loyola University Maryland

Public Safety

Loyola University Maryland Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Enforcement, Jurisdiction, and Arrest Authority

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) protects and preserves peace and good order on the property owned, leased, or rented by Loyola University Maryland. DPS officers are commissioned as special police officers by the governor and are vested under Maryland Public Safety Code § 3-302 with full law enforcement powers and jurisdiction on the property owned, leased, rented, or otherwise under the control of Loyola University Maryland. DPS officers enforce state and local laws as well as university conduct policies.

Officers have authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal activity or violations of state and local criminal laws on its campuses. DPS does not enforce Maryland traffic laws. If a student commits offenses violating Loyola University’s rules, regulations, or Student Community Standards Handbook, DPS will refer the individual to the judicial process conducted by Loyola’s Student Development Division. In cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, any criminal activity engaged in by students at off-campus locations is monitored, recorded, and provided to Student Life for follow-up as required.

Local Police Agencies

The Department of Public Safety has established working relationships with local and state police including but not limited to:

  • Baltimore City Police Department
  • Baltimore County Police Department
  • Howard County Police Department
  • Alleghany County Sheriff Department
  • Maryland State Police

In May 2019, DPS renewed its agreement with the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) to hire “off-duty” Baltimore City Police Officers to provide additional coverage in and around campus. BPD officers are also scheduled for large campus events and help patrol areas close to campus where DPS does not have jurisdiction. BPD officers retain all their powers and responsibilities while in this capacity but work directly for Public Safety’s director.

In July 2019, the University entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Baltimore City and Baltimore County police departments to coordinate efforts during sexual assault investigations.  

The Director of Public Safety reports to the Associate Vice President for External Affairs, who reports to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President of the University. The director is responsible for the achievement of Public Safety’s mission and is dedicated to implementing benchmark standards for campus law enforcement as established by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) in which the department holds membership.

If a Loyola student is involved in an off-campus offense, DPS officers may assist with the investigation in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies. Loyola University does not have any affiliated non-campus student organizations. Loyola leases residences at Katholieke Universiteit (K.U. Leuven) in Belgium. Leuven police have the primary jurisdiction in this area.