Safety on campus
Safety is a top priority at UA, as evidenced by the wide variety of educational programs and safety services in place to help protect, inform and empower our students:
- University police — Our 44-member police force is on duty 24-7, patrolling the campus on foot, and from bikes and vehicles. Their training meets and exceeds state requirements for all police officers, and many of our officers take specialized training relevant to working with college populations. Our officers have full law-enforcement authority from the state of Ohio, and they work closely with Akron city police and other area law enforcement agencies. See safety tips from our officers.
- Residence hall security — Residence halls are locked around the clock. Nearly all require swipe cards for access. Security desks are located at the entrances and are staffed 24 hours. Residence hall personnel receive specialized training in security and safety procedures. UA police officers assigned to the residence halls visit them daily and in the evenings, and get to know individual students and groups.
- Parking lot security — UA police regularly patrol parking facilities and emergency phones are located in all decks and near most lots. Parking Services personnel also monitor UA's parking facilities. Motor vehicle assistance is available for students who lock themselves out of their cars, need battery jumps or other, similar assistance.
Campus Patrol/Escort Service — For more than 25 years, student volunteers in UA's Campus Patrol program have escorted students to and from their cars, residence halls and classrooms. The free service runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. during fall and spring semesters. Call 330-972-7263 to request the service.
Program the police department’s number into your cell (330-972-2911) and never hesitate to call if you see unusual behavior
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Use the free campus escort service between 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.: 330-972-7263
- Emergency phones — More than 230 emergency phones are strategically positioned across campus, on pedestrian walkways, inside parking decks, at building entrances and in 60 elevators on campus. The blue phones automatically and instantaneously connect users to the University Police Department, which responds immediately to all activated emergency phones, even if no words are spoken.
- Cell phone alert (Z-Alert) — With our Z-Alert cell-phone alert service, UA sends text messages to subscribers any time campus closes or there’s a major event that affects safety. Subscribers are not charged by the University for the service, but standard text fees may apply. Sign up today for Z-Alert!. Z-Alert is also available via Twitter.
- Safety education programs — UA police deliver a variety of educational programs for students, ranging from basic safety to rape-prevention, self-defense and drug and alcohol awareness. Presentations are made to students in the residence halls, fraternities and sororities and at orientation.
News and information
SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD OFFICERS ADDED — To further enhance safety in the University Park neighborhood south of Exchange Street, uniformed Safe Neighborhood Officers are patrolling the area at night. Safe Neighborhood Officers patrol on foot, on bike and in marked vehicles — supplementing the patrols by University and city police through the overnight hours.
"They will be additional eyes and ears for us and the city police department," said Paul Callahan, chief of the University's police department. "The Safe Neighborhood Officers will work cooperatively with our police to provide a heightened level of coverage for crime prevention, personal safety and property protection."
Safe Neighborhood Officers will provide escorts for pedestrians, report graffiti, deter panhandling, provide crime prevention information to residents and businesses, report suspicious activity and report blighted properties that may violate zoning ordinances. The Safety Neighborhood Officers will be unarmed and will have no arrest powers.
Campus safety resources
UA's 44 sworn officers patrol campus and surrounding neighborhoods around the clock. They are highly trained and have full arrest authority as provided under Ohio law. Call the police 24-7 at 330-972-2911 or 9-1-1.
Located in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, this department provides convenient health services and educational programming for campus.
The services provided by the professionals in this department help create a safe environment for the pursuit of academic, research and community work on our campus.