Safety and Security

At Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q), we take the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff and their family members very seriously. As part of a continuous effort, GU-Q has put in place several procedures to ensure students, employees and their family members are kept safe whether they are at work, at home, or elsewhere in the city of Doha.

Education City aims to provide a safe and secure work and study environment.  Qatar Foundation Security is in operation 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week to ensure that all students, staff, and faculty are safe.

Qatar ranks among the safest countries in the world.  However, in Doha, as in any major city, routine safety and security precautions should be taken. It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times and to take proper precautions to ensure your safety and that of your property.

Responding to an Emergency

GU-Q strives to prevent problems before they occur, to respond swiftly and effectively when problems arise, and to maintain essential services and business operations in the event of a major incident.

We encourage our community members to refer to the following helpful guidelines on how to respond to an emergency.

Useful Numbers (add them to your phone contacts):

GU-Q Security: 4457 8458
Education City Emergency (on-campus): 4454 0999
Doha Emergency (off-campus): 999
Student Affairs/ Wellness on-call: 5503 9044

 

Personal Security

  • All students are issued a Georgetown ID card.  You must carry this ID along with your Qatar ID at all times while in Education City.  Either will be checked upon entrance to the campus, buildings or parking lot. This card is also used for the Library and Printing on site.

  • Do not lend anyone your identification cards.  Immediately report the loss or theft of your card to the Security team.

  • Do not leave valuable items such as wallets, purses, mobile phones, or laptops unattended. Anything left for more than 15 minutes in the GU-Q building will be taken for safekeeping to Lost and Found.

  • Report incidents and accidents inside the building. 

  • Clery Act: In compliance with this legislation, GU-Q disseminates public safety alerts to faculty, staff and students, produces an annual crime report, and maintains a log of reported criminal incidents.

  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational programs, which includes sexual harassment or any acts of sexual misconduct. Title IX requires the University, upon becoming aware of any incident of sexual harassment and misconduct to respond appropriately to protect and maintain the safety of the University community, including students, faculty, and staff. For more information click here.

GU-Q Building Safety

When you first enter the building, begin to familiarize yourself with the evacuation routes and exit doors. Fire escape signs (building evacuation maps) are posted throughout the building to direct the users towards the nearest EXIT in case of a fire alarm.

In the event of a building alarm;

  1. Evacuate the building immediately using the nearest exit route.
  2. Proceed to the assembly point.
  3. Follow directions from Fire Wardens.

 

  • Do not use elevators.

  • Do not stop to collect personal belongings.

  • Do not re-enter the building until declared safe to do so

 

 

There are 3 Assembly Points are for the GU-Q building. These are located at :

Assembly Point 1: VIP/ Visitor Parking Area
Assembly Point 2: Adjacent to Folly area (Dean's Courtyard)
Assembly Point 3: Near Car Park 2 (Landscaped area)

 

For assisted evacuation click here.

Road Safety

  • The speed limit in Education City is 40 kph on the roads and 10 kph in parking lots, unless otherwise noted.  Speed is measured by electronic means throughout the campus.

  • Ensure that your vehicle is registered with QF security to facilitate entry to the campus and to park on-site.

  • Park only in designated areas.  Do not park in disabled parking spaces without a permit. Do not park on the main roads.

  • If you are involved in a traffic accident, do not move your vehicle. Call Security Control immediately at +974 4454 0999.  The police will be called so that an accident report can be produced for insurance purposes.

Embassy Registration

All non-Qatari citizens are encouraged to register with their embassy. In addition, please make sure to update your personal information. If your phone number or family situation has changed, you should re-register with this new information.

International Travel

GUQAlert is the Georgetown University in Qatar emergency notification service. This service allows us to contact you with important safety and security messages by email, text and voice messages