The mission of the SafeCampus campaign is to foster a safe and secure UW campus community. UW faculty, staff, and students share the responsibility of carrying out this mission.
It is impossible to predict who will commit violence or when it will occur, but it is possible to identify situations which might lead to violence. Early identification and intervention with appropriate resources or referrals to services that can assist with coping strategies, reducing stress, and/or resolving problematic situations helps reduce the risk of violence occurring.
The Violence Prevention and Response Program (VPRP) acts as the central point of communication and the coordinating unit for violence mitigation activities across the UW. The Violence Prevention and Response Program is a partnership of key players in campus safety and violence prevention, including Student Life, Human Resources, the Bothell and Tacoma campuses, UW and Harborview Medical Centers, the UW Police Department, Academic Human Resources, and the Graduate School.
SafeCampus telephone numbers are answered by staff specially trained to receive reports of potentially violent situations and provide resources and referrals to UW services. The SafeCampus numbers—Seattle:206-685-SAFE (7233); Bothell: 425-352-SAFE (7233); Tacoma: 253-692-SAFE (7233)—are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
When a situation of concern is reported, the Violence Prevention and Response Team collaborates with affected UW partner departments to develop a coordinated response that mitigates the occurrence of UW campus violence.