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Campus safety: Three smart steps to consider

1. If you are out late and ready to go home, we recommend:

  • Travel with a friend. Wherever you are – the mall, downtown, a concert – it's always a little safer to be with a friend.
  • Taking the free Roo Express shuttle. Shuttle service extends to 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and now serves downtown, campus, and the neighborhoods south of Exchange Street and east of Route 8. Learn more about the weekend shuttle. See all shuttle routes.
  • Call for a Campus Patrol escort. Campus Patrol employees will escort students to and from campus locations between 5 p.m. and 2 a.m. daily during the fall and spring semesters. Arrange for a free walking escort by calling 330-972-7263.

2. Keep your valuables secure. Many thefts can be avoided. Don't leave your laptop, smartphone or keys unattended. Lock your residence-hall room, even if you are just running down the hall to pay for a pizza. Lock your locker in the rec center. Don't leave valuables (GPS, a computer, textbooks) in sight in your locked car; instead, hide them or stow them in the trunk.

3. Empower yourself. You will meet many people in the weeks ahead, and many will become friends for life. But as you go about, please be cautious: The first couple of weeks of school in particular can be an exciting time as you develop new relationships. But take it slowly. Don’t allow friends and new acquaintances to pressure you to engage in behaviors (i.e., sex, drugs, alcohol) that you feel are risky or that make you feel uncomfortable. You have the right to make healthy, informed choices based on your own values and feelings.

Additional safety services:

  • The University police are available 24-7. Don't hesitate to call them at 330-972-2911. Smart move: Program that number into your cell phone.

    Our officers are fully commissioned by the state and bear full law-enforcement authority identical to municipal police officers and sheriff's deputies. Our officers patrol campus 24-7, and because we are committed to safety, we have expanded our patrol area to include the neighborhoods near campus with higher student density.
  • The department of Off-Campus Student Services provides education, outreach and counsel to students so that they may live more securely and smartly in the neighborhoods near campus. Website.
  • Our safety website is packed with helpful information, including these smart safety tips.

Roo Express shuttle expands weekend service and hours

imageThe Roo Express shuttle is expanding the hours of its downtown route until 4 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and it is adding 12 stops in the neighborhood south of campus.

The "Zip Home" downtown weekend shuttle also stops near Canal Park downtown and at various points on campus.

See a map of the expanded route.

Visit the shuttle's website.

Emergencies and tips

IN AN EMERGENCY: Pick up a blue-light emergency phone or call University Police at any hour at 330-972-2911 or 9-1-1.

If you notice something unusual or something that causes you concern, call 330-972-2911 at any hour.

Non-emergency questions may be directed to UAPD at 330-972-2911 or

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