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New Year, New Approach to Safety on Campus

UHD Police Department Implements Standard Response Protocol


By Laura Wagner

Standard Response Protocol ‘Terms of Art’

The UHD Police Department is always working to strengthen safety on campus for students, faculty, staff, and visitors, including a new initiative that rolled out this month, the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) Higher Education (HED). 

The SRP provides consistent, clear, shared language and actions for all students, faculty, staff, and first responders for all hazards, according to the I Love U Guys Foundation, the entity that developed the system. Used in more than 30,000 schools, districts, departments, agencies, organizations, and municipalities around the world, the protocol consists of five, easily identifiable icons and associated actions, referred to as “Terms of Art.”

Posters will be placed around campus before the Spring semester begins to ensure the campus community begins to familiarize themselves with the icons and actions.

“The SRP communicates actions that need to be taken by the campus community in emergency situations it teaches everyone a uniform response to these events,” said UHDPD Chief Casey J. Davis, Ph.D. “That’s important because when everyone knows what to do, the chances of a safe outcome are significantly increased for all involved.”

In-person and Zoom training will be scheduled, per Davis. In the meantime, he suggests campus members watch the informational/training videos below.  In addition, more information on the protocol is available on the UHDPD website, as well information about posters that can be downloaded, printed, and posted throughout offices, classrooms, and shared spaces such as the library, cafeteria, and study areas.

Questions about the program may be directed to Chief Davis at davisca@uhd.edu.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.