Campus Safety

Campus safety is the university's highest priority. Part of students' experience at UT Austin includes learning safe practices that can be used on campus and beyond. Through a variety of programs, resources and communications, you can learn how to stay safe and encourage a culture of safety among your fellow Longhorns.

For a more extensive list of UT Austin campus safety and security resources, please visit utexas.edu/campus-life/safety-and-security.

What is being done to keep me safe?

The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) employs more than 178 dedicated individuals. Utilizing a community-oriented policing philosophy, the department partners with faculty, staff and students on crime prevention and law enforcement programs.

UTPD is accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and under Texas law, has the same authority and responsibilities as most municipal police organizations, allowing officers to investigate all crimes occurring on university property. The recently launched District Representative program gives students, faculty and staff a quick way to directly contact a UTPD officer who oversees the particular area on campus where they work or live. 

  • All incoming students are required to take risk prevention programs, AlcoholEdu and the Sexual Assault Prevention Program: healthyhorns.utexas.edu/alchoholedu
  • Counseling and Mental Health Services – Provides counseling, psychiatric consultation, and prevention services: cmhc.utexas.edu
  • An upgraded 9-1-1 dispatch center supports transfers of information helping UTPD respond to situations more quickly. 
  • All building major access points include first aid stations.
  • The “Your ID is Your Key” initiative restricts building access during specific time to students, faculty, and staff with university ID cards or traditional keys.
  • Main entrances on all campus facilities are clearly defined and enhanced with approach-way lighting, electronic access control and video interface.
  • Main entrances of every academic and general-purpose classroom building are outfitted with a “safety hub”
    that includes an automated external defibrillator (AED), hemorrhage
    control kits, and an emergency call box connected to the UTPD Dispatch Center.
  • While UTPD and the university do a great deal to provide a safe environment, they require participation from the community to be fully effective (i.e. call 911, report theft, suspicious activity, offer suggestions, etc.). By inviting students to walk in groups, be aware of their surroundings and call 911 any time they feel unsafe, the Be Safe campaign is an effort to shift the thinking toward the idea that when students look out for each other, the entire community becomes safer.

​How will I be notified of emergency situations on campus?

The university has multiple ways to communicate with students in the event of a campus emergency. All systems are tested monthly to provide familiarity to students: 

  • Text alerts
    • Used to communicate a credible, immediate, ongoing threat to campus.
    • Alerts provide immediate direction to students, faculty and staff with specific actions to take.
    • Students must sign up to receive text alerts before they can register for classes at orientation.  
  • Emails
    •  Used to communicate crimes and incidents on and immediately near campus. 
    • Emails provide details and updates that can aid in the prevention of similar incidents.
    • Students automatically receive email notifications. 
  • Outdoor Warning Siren
    • Activated in the event of certain emergencies, such as severe weather, that require people to seek shelter immediately.
  • Social Media and Emergency Website
    • Twitter: @UTAustinPolice, @UTAustin and @AustinPolice
    • Facebook: UT Austin Police, The University of Texas at Austin
    • emergency.utexas.edu 

How can I create a safer campus environment?

  • Becoming familiar with the UT Austin campus safety and security information: utexas.edu/campus-life/safety-and-security.
  • Thinking about how to keep your personal property safe. The three key messages of the Be Safe campaign are a great guide for your conversation.
  1. Walk With Me is an invitation to walk together on campus.
  2. Be Aware is a reminder to put your phone down and keep your eyes and ears on your surroundings.
  3. Call 911 is a reminder that 911 is the fastest way to get help from police ANY TIME you feel unsafe, or to get help during medical or fire emergencies. 
  • Developing a peer and family emergency communication plan. Whether an emergency occurs on campus or in your hometown, establish a concrete two-way communication plan so you everyone knows what is happening.
  • Use the university’s safety resources:
    • SURE Walk provides students with a safe escort home via an accompanied walk, golf cart or vehicle every day from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Students can call 512-232-9255.
    • Students can request a ride from UTPD when SURE Walk is not operating, by calling 512-471-4441, selecting 9.
    • UT Night Rides provides free Lyfts away from main campus to your home seven days a week from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Locations served mirror current UT Shuttle System routes. All rides must originate from main campus only. 
    • Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL), 512-232-5050 is a 24/7 advice line anyone can call to discuss their concerns about a student, faculty or staff’s behavior with trained staff.
  • Review the Active Shooter Response Guide which also includes a video.