SafeCampus

About SafeCampus

SafeCampus’ mission is to foster a safe and supportive UW community. We strive to help faculty, staff and students prevent violence and to be prepared to respond when it occurs.

With SafeCampus, you have support. Call SafeCampus anytime — no matter where you work or study — to anonymously discuss safety and well-being concerns for yourself or others. We serve all of the UW.

We’ll listen to your concerns and provide individualized care, support and safety plans tailored to your situation. Our caring and trained professionals will talk you through your options and connect you with additional resources when requested.

All calls are private. You can call us anonymously and choose to share as much or as little information as you want.

Our approach and philosophy

SafeCampus values an individual’s identity when we offer support, safety planning and resource options. Based on an individual’s self-report, SafeCampus considers how someone’s culture, sexual orientation, gender, race, immigration status or ability may impact their experience with violence or threats of violence. We know that there is no one-size-fits all model to violence prevention and we must adapt our response to the needs of the individuals involved in any situation.

What is threat assessment?

SafeCampus utilizes threat-assessment when we assess situations. Threat assessment is a process for evaluation and mitigation of a potential threat toward an individual or an institution. Threat assessment utilizes strategic tools to interrupt an individual who is on a pathway to commit extreme violence. Threat assessment is a collaborative process of working with key partners in prevention to create safer communities for all.

What types of calls do you get?

We support individuals who have concerns due to relationship violence, stalking, cyberstalking, harassment, threats, escalating conflicts at school or work, and noticing suicidal indicators. We also receive calls where there isn’t a specific safety concern yet, but the witnessed behavior is concerning, erratic or just doesn’t feel right. If you have a gut feeling that something is “off,” a situation is escalating, someone may be in danger, or you want to consult with someone, call us.

Who do you get calls from?

We receive calls from students, faculty, staff and community members who have noticed or are aware of concerning behavior. We can work with individuals no matter where they are located. Sometimes the concerns are about another member of the UW community but they can also be about a member of the public, a patient, an intimate partner or a family member.

Where do I start if I have a concern?

SafeCampus is the place to start! We have violence prevention and response specialists trained to take your call, connect you with resources and put safety measures in place to reduce the chances of violence occurring. If we’re not the right resource for you, we can connect you to additional UW and community resources that might be a better fit.

How do I consult about a concerning situation?

Call 206-685-7233 to talk with one of our specialists. You can also email us at safecampus@uw.edu. Our email is monitored 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday, so you will reach someone faster by phone.

What hours can I call?

The SafeCampus line is answered 24/7. If we are receiving multiple calls, you may have to leave a message, but we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you call SafeCampus between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m., you will first speak with a trained nurse who will gather information and determine if your call should be triaged to our after-hours SafeCampus response specialist.