Residence Hall Security, or Housing Security, was started in 1990. The purpose was to provide the University with added safety and security for the students and property within the female residence halls during the late evening/early morning hours; from 10:30 pm till 6:30 am. Over the years this mission has held true; however, numerous modifications and adaptations have been made so we can better serve the Villanova community. As the University has expanded its residency program we have included co-ed and freshman male halls as part of our coverage, and in the past we have staffed anywhere from 9 to 14 residence halls. The department works closely with the Office for Residence Life to determine the number and type of halls we will be covering each academic year.
A Residence Hall Security Officer (sometimes referred to as Housing Officer) is a Villanova University Public Safety Officer assigned to the Residence Hall Security Unit. A Housing Officer is assigned to an area consisting of one or two residence halls on South Campus or Main Campus. He/she is there to monitor in and around their assigned residence halls and to be on the lookout for safety and security hazards. Housing Officers visually inspect for propped doors and windows, as well as that the security of the building has been breeched or that unsafe conditions exist. Housing Officers are not required to enforce residence hall visitation policies or check ID's of every person entering the building. Rather, officers should be conducting foot patrols of the building's exterior as well as conducting interior checks of common areas and the main entrance. At the same time, officers may ask for ID from any individual in or around a residence hall whose actions or appearance seem uncommon or out of place. Housing Officers inform Public Safety Headquarters of any incidents, or potential incidents, in or around the residence halls.
Housing Security's success as a unit rests in its flexibility and adaptation. At one time or another Housing Security Officers have staffed all but two residence halls on campus. The unit has well over twenty years of service with the University, and everyone associated with the unit looks forward to serving the students and University for many more.