Creating a greater campus and community

Safety is a top priority at UA, as evidenced by the programs and safety services in place to help protect, inform and empower our students.

police badge University police — Our 44-member police force is on duty 24-7, patrolling the campus on foot, and from bikes and vehicles. 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. All require swipe cards for access. Located at the entrances, security desks are staffed 24 hours. Residence hall personnel receive specialized training in security and safety procedures. 

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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.

Smart moves

 Program the police department’s number into your cell (330-972-2911) and never hesitate to call if you see unusual behavior

 Sign up for our free cell phone alerts

 Use the free campus escort service at any hour: 330-972-7263.

Campus Patrol/Escort Service — For more than 25 years, student assistants in UA's Campus Patrol program have escorted students to and from their cars, residence halls and classrooms. The free service is available all hours. Call 330-972-7263 to request the service.

Emergency phones — More than 400 emergency phones are strategically positioned across campus, on pedestrian walkways, inside parking decks, at building entrances and in 90 elevators on campus. These blue phones automatically and instantly connect users to the University Police Department, which responds immediately to all activated emergency phones, even if no words are spoken.

Emergency text messaging (Z-Alert) — With our Z-Alert text-messaging service, UA will notify you when campus closes or when there’s a major event that affects safety. Sign up today for Z-Alert!

Safety education programs — UA police deliver educational programs for students. Topics range 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.

Safety resources

UA's 44 sworn officers patrol campus and surrounding neighborhoods around the clock. They are highly trained and have full arrest authority under Ohio law. Call the police 24-7 at 330-972-2911 or 9-1-1.

Wayne College police: 330-684-8910 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.