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Safety & Security


Our number one priority is a safe and happy campus. We’ve developed a multi-layered approach to addressing safety on campus. While our people are Clarke’s greatest assets, we have invested significantly in physical safety. This includes physical and technological tools such as:

  • 24/7 security staff on campus
  • 24/7 communications desk in the Campus Safety office
  • Electronic keys for residence hall access
  • Emergency warning system
  • Blue light campus alarms
  • Safety escort at any time

Residence Hall Safety

The doors of the residence halls remain locked at all times. Each residence hall is equipped with a chip access system, which allows students to enter the locked doors of their building with an electronic chip. If a chip is lost or stolen, the student should report it to security immediately. The chip is then de-programmed by the security office and can no longer be used. A new chip will be issued at a replacement cost of $10. The security office is located in the lower level of Mary Josita Hall.


Safety and security staff is available year-round 24 hours-a-day to assist students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. Security can be reached any time of day by calling (563)588-6393. Security can be called for routine assistance and should always be called for any emergency.

Dubuque Police, Fire, and Ambulance can be reached by dialing 9-911 from any campus extension.

Security on campus is a shared responsibility. Students, faculty, and staff are asked to exercise reasonable caution on campus and to be alert to suspicious persons or activities and report them to security. Be certain that doors are not propped open or left unlocked and that unauthorized persons are not permitted to enter any campus building.

Anyone apprehensive about walking across campus at night, needing assistance carrying something to their vehicle or requiring a ride may call Campus Safety for an escort.

Campus Alert System

Clarke University now has a Campus Alert System that can deliver time-sensitive notifications to students, faculty and staff. The system is powered by Connect-ED®, a rapid, multimodal communication service that provides the ability to reach students, faculty and staff with information and updates during unforeseen events or emergencies. Within minutes, the system can reach those enrolled in the system through phone calls, e-mails and/or text messages. The purpose of the campus alert system is to reach students, faculty and staff more effectively by using their preferred communication channel.

Parking Tickets

Clarke University is private property. The right is hereby reserved to issue parking tickets and deny the use of campus parking areas and lots to unauthorized persons, and to those who  violate Clarke University parking regulations. Clarke University reserves the right to tow unauthorized vehicles at the owner’s expense.

Parking Permits

Students can register their vehicle online or at Student Accounts. If a student does not have a current parking permit properly displayed on the left rear window of their vehicle, it will be ticketed if parked in any of the campus lots.

Temporary Parking Permits

Temporary parking permits are available in the safety and security office.  If a student has a visitor coming for the weekend, a temporary parking permit may be obtained for the visitor.  Temporary parking permits are also available to students who need one; for example, if their car is being repaired and they are using a temporary car.  Temporary permits are only good for two weeks and they may not be used repeatedly in place of a regular parking permit.