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Ensuring security in RUDN University

Safety in RUDN University

The administration of the University pays special attention to safety of RUDN students.

The infrastructure ensuring safety of the students includes the following components:

1. RUDN Police station is police subdivision which is located in student campus and works only in the territory of the University.

2. The Department of Internal Affairs of the Southwest district - is involved in case of need of special equipment, special equipment for technologies use, and also during significant (with involvement of famous political and other persons) and public events.

3 . Watch group of the Centre of complex public order ensurance - is a specialized subdivision which works 24/7 and provides protection of the University venues against illegal access, and also undertakes measures for suppression and localization of emergency situations in the territories and in the University buildings.

4 . Сentral dispatcher room - special subdivision which during the day gathers and processes information from 2,200 surveillance cameras set in the territory and in the buildings of the University. Central dispatcher room has 24\7 connection with all emergency services of Moscow: Ministry of Emergency Situations, Mosgas, Mosenergo, Heat distribution system, Sewer network, Moscow water utility, etc.

5 . Private security companies - specialized subdivisions which ensure protection of all 28 buildings of the University. Specialized control and access management systems are used in all 28 buildings.

6 . The department of fire-prevention is a specialized subdivision of the University which is responsible for fire safety and teaching employees and students norms of fire safety. The department has 24\7 communication and controls operation of Central dispatcher room of the University.

7 . The department of automatic fire fighting systems is a special subdivision of the University which services the fire alert and transmits the fire alert signal to the Central dispatcher room. Further this signal is automatically transmitted to the nearest fire subdivision of the Ministry of Emergency Situations .

8 . Lift servicing dispatching office is a special subdivision of the University which services lifts in all educational and residential buildings of the University 24\7.

9 . The department of civil defense and emergency situations is a special subdivision of the University which exercises general monitoring and coordinates civil defense and protection against natural and man-made emergency situations.


Traditionally RUDN is a recognized leader among Russian HEIs in ensuring complex security. It is not by chance that in 2011, the RF Ministry of Education and science held the I All-Russia meeting on the issues of ensuring complex security of HEIs in Peoples’ friendship university.

RUDN has a multilevel system of complex security services. So, physical security of the university territory and objects is realized by the Moscow Southwest District police department in charge of RUDN, by its own access control regulation system, as well as by private security companies. The coordination of department activities is realized by RUDN control center working 24/7.

More than 2 thousand video cameras set in all the facilities help the security staff to control efficiently the current situation. The control and access system which is set in all the pass-through posts of the University and also the automatic bars in the transport control posts make it possible for the security officers to realize a security of high quality within all the facility. They prevent from the unauthorized access to the territories, buildings and the residence of the University.

In the dormitories the movement-detecting sensors are set to identify the number and location of people who haven’t evacuated during emergency.

All the technical security devices are integrated into “Alcasar” unified security system.

The information recorded by surveillance cameras and automatic fire alarm system sensors goes to the point of unified live observation - RUDN control center.
In addition, the information from surveillance cameras is received by monitors installed in RUDN police Emergency Control Centre. It allows the policemen to respond to violation of public order on campus immediately.

It must be emphasizedthat archiving of video information during a long period (up to several months) makes it possible to reproduce the past events recorded by surveillance cameras and thus helps investigation of potential crimes.


In order to maintain fire safety at the required level, on-site training of officials, staff and students in case of fire in the administrative and academic buildings and dormitory blocks are carried out at the University twice a year. Trainings are conducted both in daytime and at night with smoke simulation and light off. 


"Alcasar" unified complex security system

When developing “Alcasar” software a detailed 3Dmodel of RUDNterritory and objects  was created, the buildings structure and landscapes of the surrounding area were worked out. The software allows tocoordinate in real time the actions of people directly on the site, providing them with all the necessary information.

“Alcasar” has integrated all technical security means in all University facilities

     - video surveillance;

     - access control;

     - automatic  fire alarm;

     - fire extinguishing system;

     - anti-smoke protection system;

     - security alarm;

     - emergency alarm;

     - emergence lights;

     - connection and data transmission;

     - alerting, connection and control in emergencies;



How to behave if you find strange objects looking like explosive devices:

Be careful when you find strange objects. Do not touch them! If you find such an object in the University building or on campus immediately call 544 43 01.

What you should do:

  • Do not touch, open or move the object!
  • If you see any wires, do not touch or pull them!
  • Make sure you remember the time you found the object.
  • Keep people as far away as possible from the object.
  • Wait for the police and security who will watch the object and call special services.


Remember that terrorists put explosives into different ordinary looking objects like bags, boxes, toys etc.

If you hear the evacuation announcement keep calm and follow the instructions. Don’t panic and rush.

Remember that lives of many people depend on how reasonable and disciplined you are.


How to behave if you are taken hostage

  • Each hostage case is unique. Nevertheless there are some general rules that could help you save your life.
  • What you should do if you are taken hostage:
  • Pull yourself together, keep calm, don’t panic!
  • If you are tied up or have your eyes covered, try to relax and breathe!
  • Be ready for a serious physical, moral and emotional  challenge. Remember that most hostages are freed within 4-5 hours and 95% hostages stay alive. Do not doubt that the police and authorities are already taking all the necessary measures to save you.
  • Do not try to escape if you are not fully sure you will succeed!
  • Remember as much information about the terrorists as you can. It will be good to know how many they are, what arms and weapons they carry. Be ready to describe their special features, looks, accent, and behavior.
  • Try to define location.

Try to keep away from windows, doors and kidnappers themselves. Stay in safe places in case the police start the rescue operation.

How to behave with kidnappers:

  • Do not be aggressive, do not make any sudden threatening movements, do not provoke kidnappers to act recklessly.
  • Try to avoid eye contact.
  • From the very beginning do all the kidnappers tell you to do.
  • Be passively cooperating. Keep your voice calm. Avoid arrogant and insulting expressions, tone and behavior.
  • If you have any health problems that can demonstrate in this situation, calmly tell the kidnappers about it.

Don’t let panic and confusion overwhelm you. Put up with possible hardships. Work with your mind.

In case of assault lie on the floor face down, fold your arms on the back of your head. Never run towards riot police- they may misinterpret your actions.

It may happen that at the beginning of the assault before you are identified you may be treated as a potential terrorist. You might be searched and interrogated and as a result you might experience emotional trauma.  Try to understand that in such cases these actions are justified by the seriousness of the situation.