Safety on Campus

To protect yourself in public places:

  • Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.
  • When walking at night avoid dark, vacant areas.
  • Be alert to your surroundings. If you notice that you are being followed or that someone is acting suspiciously, head quickly for a lighted area or a group of people.

When walking:

  • Stay in well-lit areas, walk midway between curbs and buildings and stay away from alleys and bushes.
  • Walk with confidence.
  • Do not hitchhike.
  • Use B.O.S.S., Safe Walkers, or the transit system when traveling after dark.

To protect personal property:

  • Join “Operation Identification.” All materials are available, at no cost, through the University Police.
  • Do not leave purses, wallets or backpacks unattended.
  • Never loan equipment or keys to anyone, nor have keys unnecessarily duplicated.
  • Don’t carry extra credit cards or money.

When leaving the residence hall living area:

  • Keep doors locked, even if you are away for only a few minutes.
  • Secure or remove valuable items from desktops.
  • Double check locks.

To protect yourself when driving:

  • Drive on well-traveled streets.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Park in well-lighted designated parking areas.
  • Keep all doors and windows closed and locked.
  • Look inside your vehicle before entering.
  • If someone tries to enter your stopped vehicle, accelerate and leave the area immediately.
  • If stopped by another vehicle, lock your car and sound your horn for help.

Safeguard against predatory drugs:

  • Don’t accept drinks from someone you don’t know well. Verify the integrity of a drink by opening the can or bottle yourself.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 414-771-9119
  • Al-Anon 414-257-2415
  • Cocaine Anonymous 414-445-5433
  • Detox (Kettle Moraine) 414-342-6200
  • Families Anonymous 414-384-8051
  • First Call for Help 414-547-3388
  • Impact Program 414-276-8487
  • Milwaukee County Crisis Line 414-257-7222 (24 hr.)
  • Narcotics Anonymous 1-800-240-0276


Located in the Sandburg West tower, enter from Maryland Ave.

In an emergency, dial 9-911 from any campus phone. Dialing 414-229-9911 from a cell phone or outside line will also connect you to the University 911 system. For a non-emergency, dial 414-229-4627.

The UWM Police Department has uniformed Police Officers, Detectives, Security Officers and S.A.F.E. walkers patrolling the campus and surrounding neighborhood and work closely with the Shorewood and Milwaukee Police Departments.


A network of S.A.F.E. phones throughout campus place a direct 911 call to the campus police. These phones are mounted in yellow boxes on poles and are topped by a blue light. To use the phone, open the door to the box and press the red button. Equipment is ADA compliant and includes Braille instructions.


S.A.F.E. Alert allows students, faculty and staff to register to be notified via text message or email in the event of a campus emergency. S.A.F.E. Alert is completely voluntary, and will be used for emergency contact purposes only. Emergency purposes include credible, life-threatening incidents that present imminent danger. At no time will it be used to distribute advertising or other unsolicited content. S.A.F.E. Alert is only available to members of the UWM campus community. Subscribers to S.A.F.E. Alert will pay no fees for the service, other than normal fees charged by their mobile service provider for receiving text messages. For more information or to sign up go to


Located in the Union Information Center, Union ground floor (street level). Items are kept one month. Valuables are immediately turned over to the University Police. The Library also maintains a “Lost and Found.”


Listen to WTMJ Radio 620 am, go to or call the SNO-JOKE hotline at 414-229-4444 for official word on class cancellations. Class cancellations rarely happen.


Be On the Safe Side provides walking escorts and van transportation to UWM. Call 229-6503 to use the B.O.S.S. transportation program. See more information on page 144.


The CARE Team was developed to centralize the reporting, assessment, and management of disruptive and/or distressing incidents at the University. CARE is not an emergency response team, behaviors that require immediate attention