Security Tips for the Holiday Break

November 21, 2014

With Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks fast approaching, students need to be thoughtful about leaving residences unoccupied for extended periods of time. For off-campus students in particular, forward planning and preparations are crucial!

Get your residence checked over break!

If you would like your home checked while you are away on break, the Spokane Police Department Senior Volunteers offers a home check service for free. All doors and windows are physically checked including any out-buildings on your property. For more information or to sign up for the service please call (509)622-5885. *Please note this program does not extend to multi-resident style complexes (homes with several apartments) or apartment style buildings, please contact Campus Security at 509-313-2222 to discuss other available options.

Let trusted neighbors or friends know you are leaving and ask them to keep an eye on your place.

Leave exterior lights on. Lock all gates, doors and windows. Close all curtains.

Residence Hall Patrols

All campus owned Resident Halls will be checked by campus Security throughout Thanksgiving break, November 26 through November 30 and Christmas Holiday break, December 20 through  January 11, 2015.


If you live off-campus, you may want to park your car on campus over holiday breaks. The City of Spokane only allows parking on the street for up to twelve hours at a time. Additionally, your car may be towed or blocked in by snowplows in the event of a snowstorm. Consider utilizing the free parking program offered by Campus Security. No permit is required but you must sign up at the Campus Security office located in lower Welch Hall. Parking is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis. This service will run from November 21 to December 1 for Thanksgiving break and December 19 to January 11 for Christmas break. Campus Security is not responsible for any damage or theft to vehicles if you choose to utilize this program. Remember to lock your vehicle and remove all valuables that may attract unwanted attention.

Mail & Packages

If you will be gone more than two to three days, make arrangements to have your mail and newspaper deliveries stopped or picked up by a trusted neighbor or friend.

The United States Parcel Service offers the following service if you will be away from your off-campus residence for any period of time:

Security Notice – Fire in Dumpster at Marian Hall

November 7, 2012

On November 6, 2012 at 5:00 PM campus security was notified by the Spokane Fire Department that they had extinguished a fire in a dumpster near Marian Hall.  The fire was limited to the dumpster and did not cause any damage. The Fire Department was unable to determine if the fire was accidently or intentionally set. 

Call 911 to report any fires. Please report any suspicious persons or circumstances to campus security at 509-313-2222 immediately.

Local media stories on the Spokane Fire Department Investigation (updated April 9)

April 9, 2009

April 9 article in the Gonzaga Bulletin:

Note: contrary to some initial media reports, no weapons were ever found in the dorm room.

Spokane Fire Department Media Release:

Fire Safety

February 18, 2009

GU Security and the Spokane Fire Department conducted a search of a GU-owned residence yesterday.  Items posing a potential fire safety risk were located and removed from the residence. Flammable items and materials are not permitted in any GU-owned residence (p.180 of the GU Student Handbook).

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