16.01 – University Police

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Scope: NMSU System

Source: ARP Chapter 16 | Safety and Risk Management

Rule Administrator:

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Revision History:

2017 Recompilation, formerly Rule 2.53


The University Police Department has the authority in all emergency situations to act as is lawful and necessary to protect lives and property.  This includes the evacuation of buildings, closing of streets, and implementation of emergency procedures.  The decisions of the chief of police shall be final in all emergency situations until such time as the emergency is resolved.  The university police have the duty to enforce all laws and certain regulations, to issue citations, to investigate and make referrals or complaints for criminal prosecution, and to notify appropriate university officials of significant crimes/incidents.  Rules and regulations governing the police department are set forth in the New Mexico State University Police Manual of Policies and Procedures.



The university police may establish and maintain requirements for any private security, private investigators, bodyguards, and similar personnel who work or are allowed to work on lands under the control of the Board of Regents. No department, office, or individual may hire/contract with said private security, private investigators, bodyguards, or similar personnel to perform services on the grounds of the university unless such is done in compliance with requirements established by the university police. In addition, no person or group hosting an event or function on the grounds of the university may employ or utilize security personnel described above unless they are in compliance with the established requirements as described in the university police manual.