KeeleSU is always here to ensure a safe and secure environment for us all. We offer a number of services including experienced SIA licensed door supervisors, first aid team, stewarding team, security & safety advice, Safety Buses and taxi marshals. Our

Security and Safety Bus

KeeleSU is always here to ensure a safe and secure environment for us all. We offer a number of services including experienced SIA licensed door supervisors, first aid team, stewarding team, security & safety advice, Safety Buses and taxi marshals. Our approachable team are always on hand to offer advice and support. The transport team oversees vehicle hire as well as the safety bus service and taxi marshals.

 

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Report an Incident which happened at KeeleSU

Security Related Policies and Procedures

Contact Us

Contact the Security team on 01782 733720 or Email: su.security@keele.ac.uk

Contact the Transport and Safety Bus team on 01782 734815 or 01782 733720 or Email: su.transport@keele.ac.uk

 

Safety Bus

The Safety Bus is a FREE service provided by KeeleSU, ensuring that Keele students can return home safely to accommodation both on and off campus, in the evening and early hours of the morning. The Safety Bus runs from the car park in front of KeeleSU and disabled access is also provided.

Purpose & Background:

The Safety Bus is a service provided by Keele University Students’ Union (KeeleSU) and run on their behalf by KeeleSU Security & Transport.  The Safety Bus is intended to help students of Keele return home, in the evening and early morning hours with more vulnerable students taking priority. 

 

Eligibility for Use:

Priority is given to vulnerable students and First Aid cases. All areas of campus will only be eligible for pick-up/drop-off in exceptional circumstances.  (Hawthorns are not counted as off-campus.)  The section of students who are eligible, in order of priority, include:

  • Off-campus, students who have severe difficulty getting home due to medical problems (first aid/medical cases).

  • On-campus students who have severe difficulty getting home due to medical problems (first aid/medical cases)

  • On or Off-campus, unaccompanied females

  • On or Off-campus, unaccompanied males

  • On or Off-campus, small groups of females

  • On or Off-campus, small groups of males

The remaining categories (inc. campus-based have equal priority beneath these named groups. On-duty staff members are eligible to use the bus after their shift following prior agreement and arrangement through their line manager, the on-duty security co-ordinator and with the driver/s. The staff run normally leaves 30 minutes after building closing time. 

 

Terms of Use:

Students must not enter the bus without prior permission from the driver and or security/steward personnel on the driver’s behalf. Refusal of use can be on the grounds as follows:

  • There is no space.
  • There are more vulnerable members who require the use of the service (see above).
  • The student has been verbally or physically abusive to staff or students.
  • The person is not a member of KeeleSU.
  • The student is currently banned or pending a disciplinary hearing from the Students Union.
  • The student could be considered unsafe, e.g. is too intoxicated, and believed of being under the influence of an illegal substance.
  • The person is using the service as a free taxi service rather than a means to get home. The safety bus will only drop Keele students off at home addresses.

Students are expected to be courteous to staff running the service and other students using the service. 

  • No food, drink is allowed whilst on the bus. 
  • It is against the law to smoke on the minibus.
  • Students must not distract the driver or open doors whilst vehicle is in motion. 
  • Students must wear seatbelts at all times (under UK law anyone over the age of 14 takes sole responsibility for wearing a seatbelt).

KeeleSU reserve the right to impose an immediate £20 fine for people vomiting or causing damage to on the bus to cover cleaning costs. Failure to pay the fine when imposed will result in been banned to disciplinary in accordance with KeeleSU disciplinary procedure. Persons will be immediately banned to disciplinary if the cost of any damage is greater than £20

KeeleSU reserve the right to refuse access to the bus at any time and will remove any student from the bus if they contravene this policy or the KeeleSU Code of Conduct.  Any individual who is considered to be putting the safety of other passengers, or the driver, at risk, will be removed as soon as possible and police involvement may follow. Any breach of this policy will result in the individual being subject to a ban to KeeleSU disciplinary and/or a ban from using the service.

 

Terms of Service:

The driver will endeavour to get as close as possible to the home address for off-campus students, however, this is not always possible. KeeleSU or their staff is not responsible for users making their way home from the drop-off point/s.

  • The safety bus pick up point on campus is the Students’ Union main car park.
  • The bus will only pick-up in order to bring Keele Students to the Union at ‘Templar Bar’ car park Hawthorns, (see Hawthorns pick ups)

 

Usual Running Times:       

Day

No. of buses

Start

Finish

Monday

2

9pm

2.30am

Tuesday

1

9pm

Half Hour After Building Close (Earliest 12 am)

Wednesday

3

9pm

3.30am

Thursday

1

9pm

Half Hour After Building Close (Earliest 12am)

Friday

3

9pm

3.30am

Saturday

1

9pm

Half Hour After Building Close (Earliest 12am)

Sunday

1

9pm

Half Hour After Building Close (Earliest 12am)

 

The above are subject to change and may not run each week. Please check running time at all occasions.The service only runs during semester time. On a Mon, Wed and Fri one of the buses will operate as a dedicated First Aid bus and also only be completing on campus trips.

 

KeeleSU will endeavour to provide the service, as defined, when possible and necessary; however, there may be occasions when the service cannot be provided for whatever reason.  If the event of this, KeeleSU will try and give as much notice as possible.  KeeleSU will also endeavour to display a timetable of the safety bus running times, for an evening, on the evening itself. KeeleSU reserves the right to stop the service immediately and without notice if there is a mechanical or safety problem with the buses. Adverse weather conditions (heavy snow/ice may also cause the service to interrupted/suspended if they are deemed to pose a risk to the safe operation of it.

Students and staff should always double check if the bus is running before presuming that it is; please speak to a member of KeeleSU security staff for more information. The safety bus will be picking up and dropping off throughout the night and so may be absent from the Students’ Union. Those who wish to use the bus must wait for it to return and can seek advice from KeeleSU Security & Transport on the matter.

KeeleSU staff who have arranged to use the service at the end of their shift will be taken home at the drivers discretion.

 

Hawthorns to Student Union Pick Ups

The safety bus (during limited hours) will also collect students from Hawthorns (Templar Carpark) and bring them to the Student Union. This is not designed as a free taxi service but a way of getting students safely from Hawthorns to the centre of the main part of campus. Students wanting to be taken home will always get priority over Hawthorns pick up's. This service operates at the following times.

Day 

Start time 

 Finish Time

 Monday

 21:30

 00:00

 Wednesday

 21:30

 00:00

 Friday

 21:30

 00:00

 


One of the safety buses will be doing a constant round trip between these times from Hawthorns car park to the Student Union car park. Any other nights a pickup from Templar car park to Student Union car park can be arranged by calling KeeleSU Security Office (01782 733720). Please note there may be a delay as outbound runs will always take priority. Calls will not be taken on Mon, Wed or Fri's.

The safety bus will not pick up from any other location. The main purpose of the safety bus is to get venerable students home safely and it is not designed as a free taxi service.