Need Immediate Assistance?

  • Call 911 if you need immediate assistance at your location. Be ready to tell the dispatcher: what is happening, where it is happening, and a description of the people involved.
  • Once safe, call Safe Campus at 253-692-SAFE (7223).

My Safety & the Safety of Others

Safety of Myself or Others Infographic: Trust your instinct. If you feel that something is not right, reach out to use for support. 253-692-SAFE (7233).

Keeping you safe is our #1 concern. If you feel worried about potential violence, call us and we will offer support, discuss your options, and help find a creative solution 24/7 at 253-692-SAFE (7223). Trust your intuition. If you feel that something is not right, reach out to us for support.

If someone you know shows signs that they are experiencing, or have been a victim of violence, there are ways you can help:

Validate: First of all, believe them! Don’t immediately question or dismiss their experience.

Listen: Keep questions to a minimum and ask how you can help.

Reassure: Let them know that it’s not their fault.

Connect: Share resources with them, all available on campus.

Consult: Call SafeCampus to determine what you should do next.

If we’re not the right resource for you, we can connect you to UW and community resources that might be a better fit.


Self-care is about taking care of yourself in ways that feel best to you and focusing on your own health and well-being. Our goal for the community is for all to thrive and bring their best to school and work.

But when you’re dealing with an external concern or potentially volatile situation, it’s emotionally taxing, to say the least. You may experience a trauma reaction when you have to focus on basic safety. This is a normal reaction to an abnormal circumstance. It’s important to allow yourself permission to have your reactions, and to take care of them both by yourself and by asking for help. Some ideas to care for yourself:

  • Get adequate sleep
  • Be physically active
  • Take deep breaths
  • Continue activities that bring you joy
  • Journal about what you are feeling or what you experienced
  • Reach out to trusted others to talk about the situation
  • Consider speaking to a professional counselor
  • Reach out to an advocate or support group



SafeCampus is the central reporting office if you are concerned for yourself or a friend. We have trained specialists who will take your call, connect you with resources, and put safety measures in place to reduce the chances of violence occurring. We are available 24/7.

UW Tacoma Student of Concern

A student of concern is any student who is displaying behaviors that may get in the way of a student’s ability to be successful in the university environment. This could mean a student experiencing crisis, displaying odd or unusual behavior, engaging in behaviors that are perceived to be harmful (to self or others), or behaviors that may be deemed academically damaging. UW Tacoma has established a referral system to identify students.

UW Tacoma Campus Safety and Security

  • Emergency number 253-692-4888
  • Non Emergency number 253- 692-4416

Includes campus security and safety escorts.

UW Tacoma Student Counseling Center

Student Counseling Center provides individual, couple, and group counseling, educational workshops and classroom presentations, support groups, consultation with students, faculty, and staff, and referrals, when appropriate, to community mental health and social service providers.

UWPD Victim Advocate (available to UW students and staff)

The Victim Advocate works with staff, faculty and students affected by sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. The Victim Advocate meets with individuals to offer support and guide them through their rights, options, and resources.

UW Tacoma Human Resources

We support all UWT employees: staff, faculty, and students. Our goal is to do our part in creating a positive and productive workplace.

UW Office of the Ombud

Welcome to the Office of the Ombud. We serve the entire University of Washington community by providing a collaborative and confidential environment to discuss your situation, consider options, and develop a plan for the future.

UW CareLink (available to benefits-eligible faculty and staff)

The UW CareLink program offers short-term confidential counseling services for faculty and staff at no cost. Master’s-level counselors are available to take your call, any time day or night.