Safety & Security

From the day your children arrived in your life, your number one responsibility has been to keep them safe. Now that your student is learning on a diverse campus and living in a large metropolitan city, personal safety has become their responsibility.

Under the direction of President Hartzell, campus leadership continues to make safety a top priority as they strive to make the University of Texas at Austin the best possible place for learning, living and working. The student body leadership has worked hand in hand with the university administration to create a culture of safety awareness that helps students to understand the crucial role they play in their own safety, as well as that of others.

Launched in 2016, the Be Safe safety education campaign focuses on three key messages to students: 1) Walk With Me, 2) Be Aware of Your Surroundings and 3) Call 911.

These messages make students aware of the resources available to help them, and creates a foundation of safe practices to build upon. Our hope is that all Longhorns utilize these outside-the-classroom lessons of personal safety beyond their years on the Forty Acres.

With a unified message from parents and the UT commuity, the message of personal safety responsiblity will resonate with students. We encourage you to talk to your student about personal safety and point him or her to the many safety resources on campus.

We urge you to become familiar with the resources on the university’s Campus Life, Safety & Mental Health page as well as those that you find below.

Emergency Communications

In the event of an emergency situation or campus closure, UT Austin has a variety of tools to communicate with the public. Emergency information is posted on the UT Austin home page as well as the university’s Emergency website. The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) also communicates emergency and safety information via their Facebook and Twitter pages. Follow UTPD on social media to stay informed.

We also encourage you to confirm with your student that he or she is signed up for the campus text alert system, a key communication tool used during emergencies. Only UT students, faculty and staff may sign up for this system; parents and families cannot receive text alerts as this would overload the system and cause delays in delivering crucial information to those that it most directly impacts. Students can sign up here.

Safety & Security Resources

UTPD Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)

A free, on-campus program for women to learn realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques.


Students can request volunteer companionship on their late night walk home.

UT Night Rides

Students can request free Lyft rides home from campus late at night.

Campus Safety & Security

This office fosters a secure campus environment through emergency planning and routine safety operations.

Live Safe

A safety guide for off-campus living.

Global Risk and Safety

Located in the International Office, Global Risk and Safety monitors worldwide travel conditions, provides emergency support, and offers resources to students, faculty, and staff on official university travel, including study abroad.

Behavior Concerns and COVID-19 Advice Line (BCCAL)

A 24/7 advice line, providing students an opportunity to discuss their concerns about another individual's behavior. Trained staff members will assist callers in exploring available options and strategies, along with providing appropriate guidance and resource referrals.