The University of Arkansas is dedicated to providing a safe learning and working environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, striving to minimize hazards and maintain a secure campus at all times. This is a complex, ongoing process, involving hundreds of people and a wide range resources, all working together 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year.
The University of Arkansas also provides many services designed to create a safe environment on campus and to help prevent violence. More than 1,300 lights shine across the U of A campus at night and Facilities Management keeps bushes and shrubbery trimmed to provide a clean and safe environment.
The campus community works together to create a safe environment. Be aware – learn to spot warning signs and how to report potential danger with our heightened awareness guidelines.
There are 125 “e-phones” on campus – emergency phones that provide a direct line to University of Arkansas Police Department. Each e-phone station has a blue light that is easy to spot at night – and the campus map also shows where each phone can be found.
Electronic access – housing and other buildings
All residence halls on campus are equipped with electronic auto-locking hardware and spring hinges to prevent theft.
All exterior doors in residence halls have electronic security measures in place, are monitored at all times by the Housing 24/7 Service Center; roving patrols also check the security of all doors during late night and early morning hours.
All residence hall entrance doors require electronic access keys.
More than 700 closed circuit television cameras are in place in all residence halls and are being installed in many additional university buildings to secure the main entries and public areas of the facilities
University Police supervise the Razorback Patrol Escort Service, staffed by students who are paid through for federal work-study awards, screened and trained by the police. The patrol offers security escorts for anyone who isn’t comfortable walking across campus alone at night. Razorback Patrol operates from 6 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. You can call for a Razorback Patrol escort 479-575-5000 or by texting 479-249-2188. UAPD officers are available as security escorts when Razorback Patrol is off duty.
The Associated Student Government funds the Safe Ride program through Razorback Transit, offering students safe and free transportation from an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation.
No Woman Left Behind
This is a bystander intervention program established by the Housing Office to students in residence halls about sexual assault and encourage bystander action to prevent sexual assault.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T. is a group of trained peer educators working from the Pat Walker Health Center who provide rape awareness and risk reduction education on campus, while advocating for victims of sexual assault.
STAR Central, based in the Pat Walker Health Center, provides services for sexual assault victims on campus.
Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Team (BIT-TAT)
The Behavioral Intervention and Threat Assessment Team has been developed as part of the Campus Violence Prevention Plan. It uses an early identification and response strategy to assess, evaluate and review campus violence issues and incidents.
RazorCAT regularly brings together representatives from select campus departments to review and discuss specific behavioral issues involving students. It is a “problem solving” team reviewing reports of behavioral incidents and pressing concerns affecting students, including, but not limited to conduct issues and physical/mental health concerns. The purpose of the team is to identify respond to individual issues before they escalate.
The Critical Incident Response Team
This team manages the operational responses to a specific concern, emergency, or disaster. The team is made up of key RazorCAT members and senior level personnel.
Be Safe - Communicate
RAVE Guardian is a free phone app that turns a cell phone into a personal safety device.
RAVE Guardian can be used in three basic ways:
- Send your own emergency message. The Guardian app adds a “panic button” to your phone. If you are in danger a single touch will send an emergency message, along with your GPS location to the nearest 911 center. You don’t have to say a word.
- Set up a personal network of guardians. These can be friends, family, your roommates, even the UAPD. If you’re facing a long walk at night, for example, the Guardian app lets you set a safety timer for your network: if you don’t arrive safely and deactivate the timer, your profile message will go out to your network, immediately, so they can find you and make sure you’re all right.
- Become a guardian yourself. If you see something suspicious the Guardian app lets you send a quick, anonymous text message — with pictures — directly to University Police.
Preventing Sexual Assault
All forms of sexual assault are violent criminal acts. All of the university’s resources and services designed to create a safe environment and protect against criminal violence are also intended to protect against sexual assault. In addition, there are services directly related to preventing sexual assault.
Title IX office
Title IX is a federal law prohibiting any form of gender discrimination, including all types of sexual assault or misconduct. The University of Arkansas Title IX compliance officer works across campus to enforce U of A policies, with the goal of creating a campus community that is free of sexual violence.
As part of this effort the Title IX coordinator’s sexual violence prevention and awareness programming initiative has adopted Haven, an online interactive course that addresses the critical issues of sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. All incoming students are required to complete the Haven course, and all members of the campus community are encouraged to take it as well.
The University of Arkansas Police Department has the primary responsibility for preventing violence on campus. The UAPD is a nationally accredited, professional law enforcement agency, with the mission of protecting and serving the University of Arkansas community.
Services and Resources
The University of Arkansas Police Department is committed to pro-active crime prevention. In other words, we take action to prevent the crime before it occurs. Therefore, the department regularly presents programs covering the following crime prevention topics. If you do not see the program you need listed, contact the UAPD's Crime Prevention Unit at 575-7412.
Training and Education
To schedule training, call UAPD at 479-575-2222
UAPD provides training courses in
- General Campus Safety
- General Self Defense
- Women’s Self Defense
- Razorback Patrol
- Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
- Rape Aggression Defense Course
- Alcohol Education-for students
- Drug Education
UAPD patrol officers are charged with providing for the safety of all the students, faculty, staff and guests who attend class, work, live and visit our campus, and with the security of university buildings and property. We are proud of our professional police officers. Each of them received their certification from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. We believe that by working in partnership with the community we serve and by employing crime prevention and problem solving strategies we can achieve this critical mission.
The UAPD’s K9 Division was started in 2010 to provide enhanced security on campus, especially during large special events. There are four K9 officers and handlers. Three are trained to sniff out explosives and one specializes in finding drugs, but all four are also used on patrol.
The University of Arkansas has added a new Security Division to its arsenal of security and educational divisions. This new division is designed to enhance our 40-officer Patrol and Police Services division and increase security on campus.