Campus Safety

Campus safety is the university's highest priority. Part of students' experience at UT Austin includes learning safe behaviors that can be used on campus and beyond the Forty Acres. 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.

What is being done to keep me safe?

The following measures are in place:

  • 104 commissioned University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) officers, increasing the department total by 36% over the past four years
  • Continued collaborative efforts with the Austin Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety in student-centric residential areas
  • Increased lighting and reduced vegetation in specific areas on campus
  • Installation of a "safety hub" in the main entrance of every academic and general-purpose classroom building on campus that includes an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), 2 or more Bleeding Control Kits and an Emergency Call Box connected to the UTPD Dispatch Center
  • Engagement with the student community to promote the Be Safe campaign (see reverse) through the use of Twitter and Facebook
  • All incoming students are required to take risk prevention programs, AlcoholEdu and the Sexual Assault Prevention Program: healthyhorns.utexas.edu/AlcoholEdu

How will I be notified in emergency situations?

The university has multiple ways to communicate with students in the event of a campus emergency:

  • Text alerts and email notifications
    • Primary channels through which the university communicates official information to students, faculty and staff
    • Include immediate direction for what to do in the emergency situation
    • Students automatically receive email notifications but must sign up online to receive text alerts; students are required to provide emergency contact information during orientation before they can register for classes and can choose to opt-in or opt-out of text alerts

  • An emergency outdoor siren system is activated in the event of certain emergencies that require people on campus to seek shelter immediately; the siren and text alert systems are tested monthly to familiarize students, faculty and staff with these resources

  • These social media feeds provide the most up-to-date information:
    • Twitter: @UTAustinPolice, @UTAustin and @AustinPolice
    • Facebook: UT Austin Police, The University of Texas at Austin 
  • The emergency.utexas.edu website provides up-to-date information during campus emergencies and closures.

What safety resources can I utilize on campus?

  • SURE Walk provides students with a safe escort home through an accompanied walk, or in a golf cart or vehicle every day from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Call 512-232-9255.
  • SURE Ride provides students with a ride from main campus to their off-campus home at night using the provider Lyft from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters: learn more at parking.utexas.edu/sure.

  • The Behavior Concerns Advice Line (BCAL) 512-232-5050 is a 24/7 advice line, providing students an opportunity to discuss their concerns about another individual's behavior with trained staff members.
  • Additional campus resources for students:
    • Be Vocal - creates a safer and more inclusive campus environment through the Bystander Intervention Initiative: wellnessnetwork.utexas.edu/BeVocal
    • Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) - provides counseling and psychiatric, consultation and prevention services: cmhc.utexas.edu
    • Title IX Office - a central office for reporting, education, resources and support around sex and gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence: titleix.utexas.edu
    • Student Emergency Services (SES) - assists with outreach, advocacy, intervention, support, and referrals to relevant campus and community resources: deanofstudents.utexas.edu/emergency
    • Ombudsman - listens to concerns in a confidential setting about interpersonal difficulties and provides conflict resolution techniques: ombuds.utexas.edu/student
    • The University of Texas at Austin Police Department (UTPD) - oversees the Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) program, a free self-defense tactics and techniques class for students: police.utexas.edu/services/rad

How can I create a safer campus environment?

Every student plays a key role in creating a safe campus environment. The Be Safe campaign is an effort to encourage students to look out for one another so that our community becomes safer. Let's Be Safe Together. 

  • Make sure you follow official sources on social media: @UTAustinPolice, @UTAustin and @AustinPolice.
  • Develop a peer and family emergency communication plan; whether an emergency occurs on campus or in your hometown, establish a two-way communication plan so everyone is aware of what is happening

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