Campus Safety

Welcome to the department of Campus Safety at the Curtis Institute of Music. Curtis is world renowned for training some of the world’s most brilliant musicians and we are committed to providing the best possible service to our community.

The Director of Campus Safety, William (Bill) Seiler, brings to Curtis 20 years of experience in security management, law enforcement, and facilities management. During his time in law enforcement, Bill focused his training and expertise in crisis intervention and response. He is a certified crisis intervention specialist in Montgomery County Pa., and a volunteer member of the Montgomery County Critical Incident Stress Management team (CISM). At Curtis, Bill’s main focus is to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff, through safety education, training, and physical security operations.

Curtis’s department of campus safety provides year-round coverage on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Under the leadership of the director of campus safety, the department also includes Campus Safety Site Supervisor Omeia Fife, Campus Safety Supervisor Arthur Hawkins, and Campus Safety Support Specialist Chardae Barkley, and a team of contracted security professionals.

To ensure campus safety, Curtis has implemented a number of programs and measures.

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Field Operations

Campus safety officers actively patrol campus, preventing crime, providing safety escorts for students, respond to incidents, medical emergencies, providing safety education and awareness, and supporting community members and campus activities.

Access Control and Security Cameras

Campus safety officers monitor Curtis’s state-of-the-art access control and security camera system. Entry to campus facilities is regulated by a zoned key card system, providing students, faculty, and staff with appropriate access to campus areas using their school ID cards. Visitors, contractors, and vendors must sign in at the security desk for approval and receive a temporary access card, as appropriate. The campus has over 100 cameras which are monitored by trained officers on campus posts.


Curtis’s campus safety officers are trained in CPR, AED (Automated External Defibrillator), basic first aid, de-escalation tactics, and management of aggressive behavior.

Safety Education

The campus safety department works with Curtis’s student life team to help educate students and resident coordinators in personal safety, fire drills, city safety tips, and crisis intervention. Campus safety also works with Philadelphia Police Department on active shooter education for the Curtis community.

State Reporting and Clearances

In coordination with Curtis’s human resources department, the campus safety team helps track and complete reports of incidents, Clery Act, UCR (Uniform Crime Reporting), and Act 153.

Emergency Notifications

Curtis uses the One Call New emergency notification software to relay emergency messages to students, faculty, and staff in a timely manner, through automated text, phone, and email messages.

The director of campus safety continually coordinates with local police, city offices, and peer institutions to monitor and improve campus safety conditions. Personnel also receive refresher training as needed to ensure that they have the most current skills, knowledge, and techniques to assist the Curtis community.

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Questions regarding campus safety should be sent to