Salve Regina’s Pawsitive Alliance With Students (PAWS) program is designed to strengthen relationships among our campus population. Through community engagements and open lines of communication, students are empowered to play a role in creating and maintaining a safe and secure learning environment.
Central to the PAWS program is Ruggles, the newest member of our Safety and Security team. As the University’s first-ever community resource dog, Ruggles is specially trained to engage with our students across campus.
PAWS Program Initiatives
Community security officer program
Throughout the academic year, two safety and security officers on each shift are permanently assigned to designated areas of campus, allowing students to interact with the same officers every day. These officers participate in Week of Welcome, assist with move-in days, attend events throughout the year, respond to calls for service during normal patrol duties, attend residence hall meetings and spend time getting to know students. Through consistency in service and response, our officers create a space for positive interactions and build meaningful relationships with students while also providing life skills and safety training.
Community safety programs
The Office of Safety and Security offers classes and trainings that focus on a variety of safety skills and life skills. Ruggles and our Safety and Security team offer training in conflict avoidance and de-escalation skills, women’s self-defense training (RAD), violent intruder response training (ALICE) and CPR/AED training, along with opportunities for open dialogue, in which students can casually meet with members of the Safety and Security team over a cup of coffee. Additional programs focusing on life skills may include basic vehicle and bicycle maintenance and reiki certification.