Loyola University Maryland

Public Safety

Overview of Loyola University Maryland Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Enforcement, Jurisdiction and Arrest Authority:

The Department of Public Safety is the agency charged with the protection and preservation of 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 Maryland State Police and are vested under Article 41, Section 4-905 of the Annotated Code of Maryland with full law enforcement powers and jurisdiction on the property owned, leased, rented or otherwise under the control of Loyola University Maryland.

DPS has complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal activity or in violation of state and local criminal laws on its campuses. DPS does not enforce Maryland traffic laws. If offenses violating Loyola University’s rules, regulations or Community Standards are committed by a student, 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 or follow-up as required.

Local Police Agencies:

The Department of Public Safety has established a working relationship with the local and state police agencies. In June 2006, DPS entered into an agreement with BPD to hire “off-duty” Baltimore Police Officers to provide additional coverage in and around campus. These BPD officers are also used for large events on campus and to help patrol areas close to campus where the university does not have jurisdiction. BPD officers retain all of their powers and responsibilities while in this capacity but are working directly for the leadership of Loyola’s Department of Public Safety.

The University entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BPD regarding sexual assault investigations in February 2016.  

The Director of Public Safety reports directly to the Associate Vice President for External Affairs who in turn reports to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President of the University. The Director is responsible for the achievement of DPS’s mission and is dedicated to the implementation of 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 the local law enforcement agency.

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.

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