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.
UT Night Rides 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