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SAFE AND SOUND ONLINE FAQ


Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions you would like to have answered, please submit them to police@kennesaw.edu.


  • Where is the Department of Public Safety (DPS) located?
  • If someone gets arrested, where are they taken?
  • Does the DPS offer internships?
  • Are members of the DPS available for interview?
  • Does the DPS offer Sexual Assault Prevention (SAFE/RAD) classes?
  • If my car gets towed, how do I retrieve it?
  • Does the DPS offer escorts?
  • Can students do "ride-alongs" with DPS officers?
  • Do pedestrians always have the right of way on Campus?
  • It is so crowded on the sidewalk… can I walk in the roadway?
  • Why can't the police help with parking tickets?
  • Do KSU Police speak to groups?
  • Is it okay to use a skateboard around campus?
  • Why do I see KSU Police cars on Chastain Road and Busbee Parkway?
  • I got a ticket from an Officer the other day is it a real ticket? Where do I need to go to pay for the traffic ticket?
  • I think my bike was confiscated by the KSU Police. How do I get it back?



    Where is the Department of Public Safety (DPS) located?
    Answer: If you are a member of the Campus Community, you can find us in the Public Safety Building (#20), near the Social Science Building (#22) and adjacent to the West Parking Deck. If you are a visitor and coming from Interstate 75, take Exit 271 (Chastain Road). Turn and go west, towards the City of Kennesaw. Take a right at the second traffic light Kennesaw State University Road. Continue straight on KSU Rd and, after stopping at the first stop sign, you'll be allowed to park in the Visitor's lot. Attendants will direct you to the Public Safety Building

    If someone gets arrested, where are they taken?
    Answer: All arrested persons, ages 17 and up, are taken to Cobb County Adult Detention Center (ADC) on County Services Parkway in Marietta. The phone number is 770-499-4200.

    Does the DPS offer internships?
    Answer: Yes. Contact Sgt. J. Bankston at
    jbanksto@kennesaw.edu for more information.

    Are members of the DPS available for interview?
    Answer: Yes. To schedule a time to speak with an officer (or other member), send a request to
    police@kennesaw.edu. Be sure and include your availability and the nature of your question(s) so that we can ensure you meet with the right person.u.

    Does the DPS offer Sexual Assault Prevention (SAFE/RAD) classes?
    Answer: The Department does not currently have any RAD/SAFE classes scheduled. Check the KSU Police website and click on "RAD and SAFE" for upcoming dates when they are posted.

    If my car gets towed, how do I retrieve it?
    Answer: If your car gets towed, before you can pick it up from the impoundment lot, you'll need to come by the Public Safety building and obtain a release form. If you're the registered owner of the vehicle, all we'll need from you is a form of government-issued photo identification (e.g., Driver's License, Passport, etc.) to positively identify you as the owner.
    If you're not the registered owner of the vehicle, we'll need your positive identification, as described above AND we'll need the registered owner to FAX us a copy of his/her government-issued photo identification as well as written authorization for you to pick up the vehicle. Our FAX number is 770-423-6955 .

    Does the DPS offer escorts?
    Answer: The Department will provide a safety escort to any member of the Campus Community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Such escorts may be performed by Police or Security Officers, and may happen in a vehicle or on foot, depending on the availability of resources and the concerns of the requestor. Requests can only be made at the actual time escorts are needed (not in advance) and will be handled on a "first come, first served" basis.

    Can students do "ride-alongs" with DPS officers?
    Answer: Yes. To schedule a ride-along, send a request to
    police@kennesaw.edu. Be sure and include two or three preferred dates/times to help us accommodate your request.

    Do pedestrians always have the right of way on Campus?
    Answer: Not always. While Section 40-6-91 of Georgia Law provides that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, it further states, "No pedestrian shall suddenly leave the curb or other place of safety and walk into the path of a vehicle so close that it is impractical for the driver to yield." Section 40-6-92 provides that when crossing a street, pedestrians must use a crosswalk where one is provided. It further states that pedestrians must yield right of way to vehicles when they cross the roadway elsewhere than at a crosswalk. So, clearly, motorists and pedestrians both have rights and responsibilities when it comes to avoiding one another on the roadway.

    It is so crowded on the sidewalk… can I walk in the roadway?
    Answer: Georgia Law provides that, where a sidewalk is provided, it is illegal for a pedestrian to walk along and upon the roadway.

    Why can't the police help with parking tickets??
    Answer: Parking administration and enforcement at KSU is handled by Parking Operations. You can find parking information at:
    https://financialservices.kennesaw.edu/parking/ or contact Parking Operations directly by telephone at 770-423-6506, or e-mail at parking@kennesaw.edu for any questions/information in this regard.

    Do KSU Police speak to groups?
    Answer: Absolutely! Members of the Department regularly speak to classes, Registered Student Organization (RSO)s, and at orientations. Topics discussed can be tailored to the occasion and may include: tips on crime prevention, campus safety, sexual assault/stalking awareness, response to active-shooter situations and drug and alcohol abuse prevention. To schedule a talk, send a request to
    police@kennesaw.edu. Be sure and include two or three preferred dates/times and a little about what you'd like to see covered to help us accommodate your request.

    Is it okay to use a skateboard around campus?
    Answer: Although KSU encourages skateboarding as a form of transportation on campus, safety and consideration for others should be the main consideration. With this in mind, KSU's policy on use of skateboards includes the following "common sense" rules: don't skate inside buildings, or anywhere else you see a sign prohibiting skateboarding… don't skate on railings or benches… don't damage landscaping or any other property… and don't obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic when skateboarding. If you obey these simple rules, you're free to skate around Campus. Have fun.

    Why do I see KSU Police cars on Chastain Road and Busbee Parkway? ?
    Answer: KSU Police Officers have jurisdiction on any property own or operated by the Board of Regents and within a 500 yard/ (¼ mile) radius around such property. Considering that the KSU campus includes facilities on Chastain Road, Town Point Drive, Busbee Drive and Big Shanty Road, it's no wonder you see our police all over the place. It's a good thing

    I got a ticket from an Officer the other day is it a real ticket? Where do I need to go to pay for the traffic ticket?
    Answer: Uniform Traffic Citations issued by KSU Police Officers for violations of Georgia Law are returnable to Cobb County State Court. You will normally have to pay a fine and points are assessed for moving violations. If you have questions, you can reach the Court at 770 528-2660 during normal business hours, or simply pay the ticket through their website at:
    https://cobb.ga.ezgov.com/ezticket/index.jsp.

    I think my bike was confiscated by the KSU Police. How do I get it back?
    Answer: If your bike was taken from residential housing areas, you will need to contact housing. You will have to come to the main department, anytime Mon-Friday, 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, and let the front desk know you are missing a bike. Once all information is given, we will schedule a time with you to reclaim your bike (they are not kept at our office.) The main office is building #20 near the West Parking Deck.
    We can look in the database and see if we have a bike that matches your description and serial number. If we don't have it, then we can make a report of a lost bike. Please try to have as much information about the bike as possible, including where your bike was taken from, make, model, and color. If you have a serial number and/or receipt, picture of you on the bike, anything that identifies it as yours, we can release it to you.

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