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Reminder about UWM campus safety initiatives

With deepest regards for all those affected by the tragic events of Feb. 14 at Northern Illinois University, the administration of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee would like to offer a reminder of the many campus safety services available at UWM.

Find out more about all of these services through the UWM Campus Safety website.

UW-Milwaukee Police Department
(Emergency numbers: 9911 or 414-229-9911)

UWM has a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year University Police Department with 33 full-time officers capable of enforcing all Wisconsin statutes anywhere within Milwaukee County.

For emergencies, contact University Police by campus phone at 9-911, by cell phone at 414-229-9911, or by using one of the S.A.F.E. phones (found across campus in yellow boxes with a blue light on top).

For non-emergencies, contact police by calling 414-229-4627.

Counseling Services
(Students: 414-229-4716; faculty/staff: 800-236-7905)

Dealing with the unpredictable can sometimes be better addressed by talking to trained professionals. If you, your friends or associates have the need to talk about concerns or difficulties in your life pertaining to any situation, please keep in mind that counseling services are available to UWM students, faculty and staff. Consultations are confidential and free of charge.

For students, please contact the Norris Health Center, 414-229-4716.

For faculty and staff, please make use of the Employee Assistance Program by contacting Symmetry, a private, nonprofit human services agency, at 414-256-4800 or 800-236-7905.

Student Accessibility Center staff members are available to offer supportive counseling to students who regularly use the center, Mitchell Hall Room 112, 414-229-6287.

S.A.F.E. Alert
The S.A.F.E. Alert Emergency Notification System 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. To date, more than 5,700 people have signed up for this service.

A Safer Way Home
(B.O.S.S., 414-229-6503)

The B.O.S.S. (Be on the Safe Side) van transportation program continues to offer free-of-charge shuttle service, with hours expanded to 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week. Just call 414-229-6503. After 2 a.m., safe rides are available via UWM Police by calling the non-emergency number, 414-229-4627.

Walking escorts on campus or into the neighborhood also are available at all hours through the UWM Police non-emergency number, 414-229-4627.

More Police and Safety Officers

In November, Police Chief Pam Hodermann announced the hiring of five additional full-time police officers, four additional security officers and longer hours for B.O.S.S. (Be on the Safe Side) late-night student transportation vans. At the same event, UWM Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago announced the formation of the UWM Task Force on Campus Safety to review whether all necessary investments are being made to keep safe students, faculty, staff and neighbors.

The task force will host a public hearing at 7 p.m. March 5 at the RiverView Residence Hall, 2340 N. Commerce St.

The UWM Police Department also has organized the Campus Safety Walking Patrol. To date, more than a dozen students have been hired and trained for the patrol. Students observe and report on neighborhood activity between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m., and assist in walking escorts on campus and into the neighborhood. More information about the patrol and an application can be found on the UWM Police homepage:


In the Event of an Emergency

UWM web pages contain detailed information about what to do should an emergency arise:

Fire safety

Active shooter

For more information:

University Police Department

University Safety and Assurances Department

UWM Emergency Preparedness

Norris Health Center

Norris Health Center Counseling Services

Employee Assistance Program