The University has a fully-fledged Security department. The department is charged with the responsibility of ensuring the safety and security of the entire University community both within the University and the areas around it. Security personnel are well trained to provide Security Services and are on duty 24 hours a day.
The Security department also continually disseminates information regarding the security situation both within and outside the University. This is done through emails, the noticeboards and of late through text messages (SMS) sent to student cellphones.
Create and maintain a community culture that places a priority on safety and security- meaning that the likelihood of loss or harm is low and a sense of personal security and well-being are high.
Create and maintain a safe and secure environment where teaching, researching and campus life can thrive and succeed.
The Security Department at United States International University of Africa (USIU-A) places a value on integrity, professionalism, honesty, knowledge, communication, collaboration and cooperation and will incorporate these values in safety and security measures.
The University has put in place the following security measures;
ORIENTATION BRIEFING: When students report on campus during orientation, they are normally given a brief on security matters both within and outside the University. There are two sessions: one for all incoming students and a second one specifically tailored for international students. Some of the information given to the students includes the places to visit in town where it is secure and have elaborate security arrangements.
ENTRANCE: The University has a strict vetting system at the gate. One cannot enter the University before being cleared by security personnel.
BUILDINGS: All buildings are armed with motion detectors and security alarms as well as security desks near entrances manned by security officers.
TRANSPORT: Our students are assured of security while travelling to and from the university right from the gate to the main road and also to the Town Centre. USIU-Africa has contracted a transport service provider to shuttle the city center and shuttle van to ferry students around the university environs.
PATROL: The contracted security firm patrols within the campus and its environs. We also have a good working relationship with the local police whereby police patrol daily within USIU-Africa and the entire neighborhood. Indeed there’s a local police station (Kasarani Police Station) not far from the campus.
USIU-Africa 24-HOUR SECURITY HOTLINE: 0730116266 0R 0730116461
KASARANI POLICE STATION: 020-803366 0R 0721338999
POLICE CONTROL ROOM: 20-2724154 OR 20-2724201
USIU-Africa has adopted a hybrid type of security management style.i.e. both internal(USIU-Africa employees) and contracted security team.
Security Team Hierarchy:
Chief Manager - Security
Mr. David Ayora
- Office Location: Transport Yard
- Direct Line: 0730116583 | Cell: 0737637439 OR 0722699215
Manager - Security
Mr. Peter Omusula
- Office Location: Science Center
- Cell: 0720320935 or 0730737637/439
Senior Security Officer
Ms. Janis Gatakaa
- Office Location: Library Ground Floor
- Direct Line: 0730116320 | Cell : 0711552787 or 0734463029
Senior Security Officer
Mr. Edwin Wachie
- Office Location: Library Basement
- Direct Line: 0730116219 | Cell: 0721539009 0r 0736191609.
Contracted security team
There is a security patrol vehicle keeping round-the-clock vigil, patrolling USIU-Africa and its environs. There is also a police patrol unit from the Kasarani Police Station.
Campus Identification & Parking
USIU-Africa security team vets everyone entering campus as a routine task.
Notes on campus identification
- USIU-Africa identification is required for identification at the university hence must be presented upon request to any member of the security team or authorized university personnel.
- Ensure appropriate display of school ID
- The ID identifies the holder’s name, picture, status on campus etc.
- ID cards are NOT transferable.
- Make sure your visitor(s) are vetted and a visitor’s pass/tag issued to them accordingly.
- Civility from you matters. Remember respect is a-two-way traffic. Respect the security guards.
- All vehicles undergo a security check.
- For the motorists, there shall be motor vehicle security screening using the motor vehicle under search gadget at the main gate. Please, cooperate.
- If you are a licensed driver, obtain a M/V sticker from the USIU-Africa Head of Security office for parking eligibility.
- Maintain a speed limit of 10 km/h on campus.
- Take notice of all the traffic signs on campus.e.g No parking zone.
- Parking slots are open to all except where there are 'reserved’ parking stands, chained parking slots or as directed otherwise by the security guards manning the parking lots.
- Residents students should seek security clearance for parking their cars overnight.
- Ensure you lock the doors/roll up your windows to avoid opportunistic thefts.
- Deny Applicable on/off campus.
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- Walking is a major part of living in Nairobi. As in any urban area, you should take certain precautions to stay safe:
- Stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas and avoid shortcuts.
- It’s always safer to walk with someone/groups.
- Stay near the curb. Avoid bushes, alleys, and dark entryways.
- Avoid using foot bridges at odd hours.
- Think you are being followed? Walk quickly to areas where you see lights and people.
- If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk on the other side of the street.
- Have a safety plan. Think about what you would do in a threatening situation.
- At night, take public transportation or a taxi.
- Take time to learn your friends’ associates, homes including their background- do not say, 'so and so is just a friend and I know him/her by one name’.
- Decline hiking car/motor cycle lifts from suspecting acquaintances/ individuals.
- Avoid any public demonstration and any other civil disobedience.
- Leave contacts of the person(s) you are going out with to friends in case they need to contact you in an emergency. Note also M/V or M/cycle reg. no(s).
- Should you happen to find yourself in a kidnapping situation, here are the tips from an article posted on the security page on our website
Public transit system is not always safe, as in any city, the crowded buses and subways can be a haven for purse-snatchers and pickpockets. Here are a few tips for riding smart on public transportation:
- Contracted transport service providers (ZUKA) and shuttle van ferry students around the university environs and city center.
- For ZUKA: make payment direct to their a/c. ZUKA bus office located near USIU-Africa transport office.
- Be aware of your surroundings and of other passengers, especially when traveling late at night.
Students who are careless in securing their apartments often find themselves the victims of robberies/thefts. Here are a few key ways to keep your home safe:
- Keep all doors/windows locked when you are not at home or sleeping.
- Get to know your neighbors very well.
- Do not let strangers into your room. Check the identity of all visitors (if in doubt) with the caretaker.
- Safeguard your key.
- In case you mislay your keys? Notify the landlord/caretaker to change the locks.
Building Security Gadgets/Checks
- All buildings are fitted with security kits: smoke detectors, motion detectors, burglar alarms, fire alarms and sensors and fire extinguishers. Please do not interfere with any such equipment including water hydrants in the compound.
- Fire drill practices are conducted regularly for all the university community; cooperate accordingly.
- Take note of fire assembly points on campus.
- Comply with safety consideration rules and emergency exiting which require that you must vacate an area/building when a fire alarm sounds.
- Avoid lifts, instead use the stairs and emergency exit doors.
- Sign in/out laptops for security reasons.
- Bags are searched upon exit.
Lost and Found Items/Security Alerts
- Do not leave your property unattended in classrooms, library, computer labs, etc.
- We normally circulate lost and found items/any security alert(s) by email to the university community. Please do check your mails for information.
- Lost and found items are recovered from Administration Block Security Desk or from the Office of the Head of Security.
- If you need to reclaim such found items, please produce your ID(s) at the time of reclaiming.
- Should you lose your ID, please obtain a security note from the USIU-Africa security office in order to obtain a police abstract as part of the process of acquiring a new ID.
Other security policies
- Theft policy: USIU-Africa has zero tolerance to theft.
- Alcohol use and drug policy: USIU-Africa is alcohol and drug free campus. All psychotropic substances are prohibited e.g Cannabis sativa, heroine, cocaine, khat (miraa), smoking, etc
- Smoking is strictly prohibited.
- It is unlawful to be in any room where such controlled substances are being used.
- Alcohol-related misconduct will not be tolerated.
- The campus community is subjected to the code of conduct jurisdiction notwithstanding of status, gender, nationality etc.
- Filming on campus is prohibited.
- USIU-Africa Pilot Line - (+254) 730116 000 – Ask for security personnel.
- 999(landline) – The Direct Police Emergency Line.
- 911(mobile) – The Safaricom Emergency Security Service line – They will connect you to the police department immediately.
Kasarani Police Station
- Kasarani Hotline: 020 803366 0721 338999.
- Police Control Room: 020 2724201,2724154,312223 0721-233 999.
- Inspector General of Police Hot Line: 0722444110.
USIU-Africa Security Team
MAIN Entrance : 0730116461/266
Head of Security: 0730116219
- Students are expected to abide by the laws of Kenya and the USIU-Africa policies.
- The university— when it deems appropriate—may deal with any violation(s) whether they occur on/off campus.
- Kindly allow security checks to be administered.
- You are allowed to socialize.
- If you become a victim/witness of crime on campus, assist in investigations. If you notice a crime do make such report(s) to the Head of Security, Security Officer, Dean of Students or any security desk(s) on campus.
PARTING SHOT: If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of itself. ― D.L. Moody