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Personal Safety & Violence Prevention

The University values safety and security for all members of the University community. All employees should be familiar with SafeCampus, the University's violence prevention and response program. The program is based on the principle that early reporting of and response to potentially violent situations is better than responding to a violent incident after it takes place. The steps for reporting a situation follow:

Urgent and Imminent Threats

Step 1: Call 911 from any Seattle campus phone. You will be immediately connected with the University of Washington Police Department (UWPD) which serves the University community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (Note: If you dial 911 from your cell phone while on the Seattle campus you will access the Seattle Police Department. If you reach them, ask them to be connected to the UW Police.)

Step 2: Once safe, call the Violence Prevention and Response Team at 206-685-SAFE (206-685-7233).

Step 3: Report the situation to your supervisor or the head of your unit.

Potential or Suspected Threats

Step 1: Call 206-685-SAFE (206-685-7233) to report the situation to the Violence Prevention and Response Team.

Step 2: Report the situation to your supervisor or the head of your unit.

Learn more about the SafeCampus, the University's violence prevention and response program.

UW Alert

UW Alert is a voluntary self-subscription service that disseminates official information during emergencies or crisis situations that may disrupt the normal operation of the UW or threaten the health or safety of members of the UW community.

UW Alert delivers messages to subscribers on a "best effort" basis to email and to Short Message Service (SMS) text-capable wireless devices, such as many cellular telephones. Effective emergency response requires personal preparedness and planning. While no emergency communication system is guaranteed to be effective and reliable in every situation, we encourage you to sign up for UW Alert as one part of your emergency preparedness plan. Sign Up for UW Alert.

Don't Walk Alone 685-WALK (9255)

Uniformed security guards will walk with students, staff, and faculty members to various locations on campus, and within a one-mile radius off campus from 6:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m., 7 days a week. The guards can also provide other services: Learn More.

Night Ride

If you live within a mile of campus to the west, north or east, and stay on campus after dark, you can use your U-PASS to take the Night Ride for free. The Night Ride shuttle takes you from campus right to your front door. See the Night Ride webpage for complete information.

Campus Emergency Phones

Emergency phones are located throughout campus. Outdoor emergency phones are mounted on blue polls with blue lights on top. The UW Police are able to locate you within one-to-two minutes on campus when you use a campus emergency phone.

Protect Your Personal Property

The campus is an open community and unsecured property is at risk of theft.

Protect Your Car

Protect Your Bicycle

Register Your Bicycle online- Each year hundreds of bicycles are stolen from the University campus. Many are retrieved but cannot be returned to the owners because they are not registered or the owner has no proof of ownership.

Register Personal Electronic Items online - computers, cell phones, CD & DVD players, etc.

Use a U-Lock Properly - U-locks are not invincible but do deter thieves. Lock as much of your bike - the frame and wheels - inside the U as possible to make it more difficult for a thief to steal your bike. If you only secure a wheel or part of the frame to an object, much of the bike can still be stolen.

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