May 16, 2017
Increased Campus Safety Measures:
- Since May 1, 2017, increased police patrols by UTPD, Austin Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety. These law enforcement partners have also increased patrols west of campus.
- Increased lighting in specific areas on campus
- Reduced vegetation in specific areas on campus
- Installing new security systems in buildings
- Increased monitoring of UT and UTPD Social Media channels
- Encouraging UT community to be proactive in personal safety through the Be Safe campaign
Emergencies may range from inclement weather to building evacuations to campus closures. The university has a variety of tools to communicate with the public in the event of these and other possible emergencies. Depending on the type of emergency, we may use some or all of the tools listed to communicate with faculty, staff and students.
- Siren System: This system is tested around noon on the first Wednesday of every month, and delivers a siren warning and public address in the event of certain outdoor emergencies. Read more about the siren system.
- Emergency Website: You may want to bookmark the emergency website because it is updated with information during actual emergencies or campus closures.
- Local Press and Social Media: University Communications staff send emergency information to the press and update social media with public safety messages. Because of the transient nature of our population, the university depends a great deal on the press and social media to keep students, faculty, and staff informed during campus emergencies.
- Pager System: Our campus first responders, resident advisors, and some building managers are part of the AWACS paging system. The pagers send text messages about emergencies on campus and alert city responders (APD, AFD, EMS, Office of Emergency Management, etc.) to campus crisis situations.
- Fire Panel Systems: Residence halls are equipped with fire panel systems that have a public address capability. Resident advisors are trained to use these systems in emergencies in order to make announcements to the entire building regarding evacuation, shelter in place, etc.
- Text Alerts: The university collects cell phone numbers from members of the campus community for emergency text messages. Sign up for campus text alerts online. (Sign-up may not be available during a campus emergency.)
- University Group Email: During emergencies, UT Safety Alert sends an “urgent” group email to every student, faculty and staff member. The email directs individuals to the emergency Web site for additional information and instruction.
- Voicemail to Office Telephones: This tool leaves a voice message on every faculty and staff member’s office phone on campus.
- Telephone Tree: The president’s office has a telephone tree of department contacts that is initiated during an emergency.
- Cable TV: Residence halls and several of our public gathering places have cable televisions where emergency announcements get posted.
- Public Safety Patrol Car Announcements: UTPD patrol cars are equipped with PA systems, which officers can use to provide instructions to pedestrians during emergencies.
University Emergency Information Line — 512-232-9999
Students, faculty, and staff can call this main number for information about campus closures.
The implementation of each tool described above is assigned to an individual who has at least two backups who can also carry out the communications task. Individuals with electronic communication tools assigned to them have remote access (from their homes, etc.) to those tools.
The police department and the associate vice president for Campus Safety and Security are typically the ones who deliver emergency information to university administration. Upon considering this information, administration develops the messages and activates campus-wide communications. The only exceptions to this are the sirens and pager system, which are activated directly by UTPD in extremely urgent situations where immediate action is required.
- Call 911: Cases that present an immediate threat to self, others, or property should be considered an emergency and should be directed to The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) by calling 911.
- Behavior Concerns Advice Line: Are you worried about a student in your class, bothered that your roommate has been acting differently, or concerned about the behavior of a co-worker? Do you have concerns but are not sure what to do? If so, contact the Behavior Concerns Advice line at 512-232-5050 or submit your concerns using the online form.
- SURE Walk will be providing cart and vehicle only rides for the remainder of the spring 2017 semester. All rides will be served on a first come first served basis. When requesting a ride, please make sure that you are in safe space until your ride arrives. Sure Walk will do its best to serve the campus community as quickly as possible. Sure Walk is available Monday-Sunday 7 pm- 2am. UTPD is available during other hours by calling 512-471-4441 ext. 9.
- Campus Climate Response Team (CCRT)
Do you know of a student organization hosting a party with a racist theme?
Have you seen derogatory graffiti on bathroom walls and buildings regarding sexual orientation or gender identity and expression?
Have you overheard malicious threats intended to intimidate another person because of their religion?
Are you worried that somebody has created a hostile or offensive classroom environment?
Do you have concerns about a campus climate incident but you are not sure what to do?
If so, please contact the Campus Climate Response Team by submitting your concerns using the Campus Climate Incident Online Report Form.