The Office of Public Safety is responsible for the safety and security of the college community. The staff - a director, 10 patrol officers, 6 dispatchers and a technology specialist - are uniformed and available 24-hours- a-day, 365 days a year. These men and women are trained in basic first aid and CPR, and are required to participate in continual in-house training to upgrade and professionalize their skills. Public Safety officers with Ringling College are neither armed, nor authorized to make arrests, but the department maintains an excellent working relationship with the Sarasota Police Department. 

Ringling College Public Safety officers conduct foot and mobile patrols of the campus and surrounding area 24- hours-a-day, seven days a week. On campus, they enforce all policies of the school, and all state and federal laws. The Office of Public Safety also works closely with law enforcement agencies as needed, to assist with incidents that may occur on or off campus. That effort may include the sharing of written reports and information. 

Illegal drugs and weapons are not permitted on the campus. Ringling College Public Safety officers enforce laws regulating under-age drinking, the use of controlled substances and weapons possession. 

Members of the Ringling College community are encouraged to report crimes, suspicious activity or other emergencies immediately to the Office of Public Safety by dialing (941) 359-7500. Public Safety officers will respond to the site of the emergency/incident and assist as needed. Officers then prepare and submit incident reports, or forward complaints to the appropriate agency for investigation if warranted. 

The Office of Student Life and the Office of Public Safety sponsor awareness programs on topics including personal safety awareness, rape prevention, and the prevention of larceny, burglary and vandalism. Information pertaining to safety and security matters is provided to students, faculty and staff through bulletins and during student orientation programs.

Phone Numbers

Emergency: 359-7500
Non-emergency: 309-4121
Director's Office: 351-4742