Security Bulletins


Security Update: Weekend Storm Preparations

September 6, 2019
(Updated: 9:01 a.m.)

Hurricane Dorian is currently projected to make its way south of the Maritimes on Saturday, impacting Nova Scotia later in the day with severe winds and rainfall that could result in flooding, power loss and airborne objects. Environment Canada has issued a tropical cyclone information statement for this storm, with most areas experiencing tropical storm force winds.

We are asking members of the university community to help in protecting our campuses from storm damage by ensuring all operable windows in your area are securely closed and locked. We also ask that you ensure any non-secure outdoor furniture is secured outdoors or brought indoors.  

The university has already begun its own storm preparations. Generators are being topped up with fuel in case of power outages and electricians and carpenters are on standby in the event of outages, broken windows or other incidents. Construction infrastructure and materials are also being secured.  

Security Services will be monitoring campuses during the storm, but we appreciate the extra help and diligence on the part of university community as we work to keep Dal as safe as possible.

For campus alerts in the event of closures, hazards and other significant, urgent events affecting the university, download the DalSAFE app on iOSor Android.




Security Update: Sexton Campus Closure

June 1, 2019
(Updated: 4:40 p.m.)

All Sexton Campus buildings, except for the Q Building, will re-open Friday morning (June 2) following Thursday afternoon's fire.

The majority of Sexton Campus buildings (downtown Halifax campus, home to Faculties of Engineering and Architecture/Planning) will remain closed for the remainder of Thursday, June 1 due to smoke from the earlier fire in the Q building. The exceptions that remain open: Medjuck Architecture Building, Gerard Hall, O’Brien Hall.

A fire in a heavy structures lab in the Q building was extinguished early Thursday afternoon. No one was hurt. The extent of the damage is unknown.

The Engineering Convocation Reception that was scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday has been moved to the Scotiabank Theatre in the Marion McCain Building.




Security Update: Removal of Dalhousie’s Pan-African Flag

March 3, 2019
(Updated: 12:55 p.m.)

Earlier this week, a flag raised by the university in honour of African Heritage Month was stolen. Dalhousie raised the Pan-African flag in early February as part of our community celebration marking the launch of African Heritage Month.

Dalhousie is proud of the many contributions made by individuals of African descent to the university. We are strongly encouraging that the flag be returned. Dalhousie understands the significance of this flag, and its importance to our community.

Anyone with information regarding the stolen flag, please contact Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020 or Dalhousie Security at 902-494-6400.


Water Main Break (Campuses open)

October 28, 2019
(Updated: 5:30 a.m.)

Dal’s Studley and Carleton campuses are open today (Friday, October 28). The water main which closed the campuses last night has been fixed.  


UPDATED: Bomb threat at Truro Campus

September 27, 2019
(Updated: 10:17 p.m.)

Bible Hill RCMP, in collaboration with Dalhousie Security, have completed their security sweep of campus buildings following the reported bomb threat on the Agricultural Campus. Nothing suspicious has been found. Campus is reopened.
The safety and security of our students, staff and faculty remains our highest priority. Should anyone notice any suspicious activity upon returning to Agricultural Campus buildings, please notify Dal Security (902) 893-4190 from any campus phone or payphone or Bible Hill RCMP (911) immediately.



Dalhousie Security Update

September 25, 2019

Early this morning (just after 2 a.m.) Dalhousie received information from Halifax Regional Police about a non-specific bomb threat involving the university. Based on the information available regarding the threat, Dalhousie Security coordinated our response with Halifax Regional Police. Given the vague nature of the threat, and the lack of a specific, credible threat to the university, we determined the threat level to the university to be low.

The safety and security of our students, staff and faculty is our highest priority. At the time the threat was made, all university buildings were closed. Dal Security staff conducted a sweep of all public access areas in Dal residences and a thorough search of all common areas and mechanical rooms. As well, we conducted security sweeps of all university buildings prior to their opening this morning.

We take all threats to the university seriously, and we work very closely with Halifax Regional Police to ensure all available resources are deployed.

Dalhousie Security Update

September 23, 2019

Recently Dalhousie Security Services received four reports in which students alleged they were served alcoholic drinks spiked with an unknown substance while attending an organized off-campus party.  We’d like to provide the following strategies to stay safe.  

Whether you’re at a bar off campus, a house party, or just hanging out somewhere, it’s important to look out for yourself and your friends.  Be a pro-social bystander.  These are people who find safe ways to intervene in instances of sexual violence by challenging the perpetrators and supporting the survivors.

Check out Dal’s Get Consent Website

Here you’ll find info on sexual assault, alcohol and date rape drugs and what to do if you or someone you know is assaulted.

Sexual activity without consent is a sexual assault.  No means NO, maybe means NO, silence means NO, too intoxicated to give consent means NO, uncertainty means NO.

Sexual assault is a serious criminal offence. Sexual assault is NEVER the fault of the victim. 

What should I do if I think I've been drugged and sexually assaulted?

If you feel dizzy, confused or have other unexplained symptoms after drinking a beverage, get to a safe place immediately. Call a family member, friend, the police or 911.  If you think you have been drugged and sexually assaulted, go directly to a hospital emergency room or call the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) response line (Avalon Centre 425-0122) for information and support.  If there is any chance that you want to report the incident, you should not shower, bathe or change clothes, the SANE can conduct a forensic medical examination at a hospital emergency room so that the evidence can be collected and preserved.  Decide whether you want to report the incident to the police. If you want to report the incident, you can call the police before going to the hospital to have medical evidence collected or the police can be contacted from the hospital. Once at the hospital, tell staff that you may have been drugged.

If possible try to keep a sample of the beverage for analysis.

Safety Tips

  • The following tips are meant to inform and help keep you safe, on and off campus:
  • The majority of sexual assaults are committed by someone known to the survivor.
  • If you see something, say something. Trust your gut.
  • Use DalSAFE’s Mobile Blue Light feature and activate the “Friend Walk” when walking alone at night.
  • Don’t leave your drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) unattended. Pour your own drinks. Don’t drink it if you didn’t see it being made.
  • Report all strange activity or suspicious individuals.  For on-campus reporting call Dal Security and for off-campus emergencies call police.

Dalhousie Security Update

August 17, 2019

Update: 2:30 p.m.

Police have completed their investigation of the possible security concern involving the Tupper Building. Nothing suspicious has been found.

The Tupper Building, Tupper Link, Clinical Research Centre, and Life Sciences Research Institute have now re-opened, with card access only for the remainder of the day. The Collaborative Health Education Building is open with general access.

The safety and security of our students, staff and faculty remains our highest priority. Should anyone notice any suspicious activity upon returning to the Carleton campus buildings, please notify Dal Security (902-494-4109, or "4109" from any campus phone or payphone) or Halifax Regional Police immediately.

Update: 12:24 p.m.

We have been informed of a possible security concern involving the Tupper Building at Dalhousie. As a precaution, we are evacuating a number of buildings including the Tupper Building, Tupper Link, Collaborative Health Education Buiding (CHEB), Clinical Research Centre (CRC) and Life Sciences Research Institute (LSRI).

We are working with appropriate authorities (including police) to investigate. Further information will be shared as available. The safety and security of our staff, students and faculty is our highest priority.


Dalhousie Security Update

June 16, 2019

On behalf of Dal Security, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform our campus community of a recent suspicious person complaint on Dalhousie’s Studley Campus.

At approximately 8:45 PM, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, a student reported to Dal Security that she was being followed around campus by a person, not known to her, who after making several deliberate course changes, continued to follow her making her feel unsafe.  As the student entered into one of the residence buildings to make the call, the suspect waved at her and smiled.  A thorough check of the area was conducted with negative results and the incident information was forwarded along to Halifax Regional Police.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5’6”, approximately 30-40 years old, with short, reddish-brown hair.  He was last seen in the area of the Student Union Building wearing glasses, blue jeans and a burgundy jacket or shirt. He also may have been carrying a briefcase. 

Should anyone have information regarding this incident, or notice any suspicious activity on campus, please contact Dal Security at 902-494-6400.  Our officers are present 24 hours, 7 days a week, and easily accessible via the DalSAFE app.  For off-campus incidents such as this one, please contact Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.


Dalhousie Community Update

November 13, 2019

Dalhousie student passes away

I’m very sad to inform you that one of our Dalhousie students has passed away, after a medical emergency early this morning at LeMarchant Place. Emergency services are on campus and we will provide further updates as they become available.

Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of our student, and with the entire campus community at this difficult time. I encourage any of our students to contact Counselling Services on the second floor in LeMarchant Place.

Dr. Richard Florizone
Dalhousie University


Dalhousie Security Update

September 18, 2019

On behalf of Dalhousie Security, I wanted to take this opportunity to inform our campus community of a recent attempted assault on Dalhousie’s Studley Campus.

In the afternoon of September 17, Dalhousie Security Services received a report of an attempted assault involving a female student. The female student was approached by an unknown male between Shirreff Hall and the Steele Ocean Sciences Building. The individual is described as a tall, thin male between 30-40 years old, balding brown hair, with a scruffy appearance and wearing a light blue/white t-shirt and beige shorts.

Should anyone have information regarding this incident, or notice any suspicious activity please contact Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020 or Dalhousie Security Services at 902-494-6400.

Dalhousie Security Services are in close contact with Halifax Regional Police and our security staff is working closely and collaboratively with them to ensure the ongoing safety of the community.

Michael Burns
Director of Security Services
Dalhousie University

Dalhousie Security Update

September 2, 2019

On behalf of the university, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update to our campus community regarding an ongoing security concern that we have been actively managing of late. As you may be aware, Stephen Tynes, a Dalhousie medical student, was charged in connection with threats made against an administrator and a student in the Faculty of Medicine. Mr. Tynes was recently released from custody on a number of conditions, including that he must live under supervision, that he does not come within 25 kilometres of Dalhousie’s Carleton Campus except under supervision, and that he does not possess firearms.

The student has been suspended from Dalhousie University and banned from all university campuses.

As always, the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is our primary focus.

Our security team, in close consultation with Halifax Regional Police, has a strong security plan in place to ensure the continued safety of our campus community. One of the measures implemented recently is controlled access to our Medical School buildings (including the Sir Charles Tupper Building and Clinical Research Centre). Valid Dalhousie identification is required for access to these buildings. As an additional precautionary measure, we have also introduced an increased security and police presence on our Carleton Campus. These measures will remain in place until such point that Dalhousie Security determines they are no longer necessary.

In the event of an emergency, please call 911. If anyone has any information or notices any suspicious activity please contact Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

Should you have any general questions please contact Dalhousie Security at 902-494-6400.

Ian Nason
Vice-President, Finance and Administration
Dalhousie University