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Campus Safety Measures

Our security force conducts routine patrols to enhance the safety of our campus by deterring crime before it happens. Security officers work closely with the Tulsa Police Department in preventing crime in our surrounding neighborhood and, when necessary, making arrests and investigating crimes.

All members of the TU campus community are responsible for making TU a better, safer place. Faculty, students and staff can report hazards and request services or repairs by calling The Department of Campus Security at 918-631-5555. Members of the university community are encouraged to call immediately if there is a question of suspicious persons or behavior. Students, faculty and staff can assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their belongings by following these simple, common sense precautions.

  • Use the safety escort service when moving about campus at night.
  • Lock room doors when unoccupied.
  • Do not leave purses, wallets, credit cards or identification cards (including campus ID and driver’s license) unattended.
  • Place bicycles in racks, and secure them with sturdy cables and locks.
  • Record serial numbers, when available, and store them separately.
  • Lock vehicles at all times, and remove valuable items.
  • Report any unusual activity, suspicious individuals, or malfunctioning equipment to residence life staff and/or security.
  • In the event of a weather alert, act responsibly and take cover as needed.
  • Observe all campus rules and regulations.

Emergency Notification System

The University of Tulsa has an emergency notification system that allows it to communicate with students, faculty and staff in a matter of minutes by telephone, email and text messaging. Campus Security believes continuous and rapid notification is one of the best methods of protection for members of the campus community. Situations can change rapidly and in unexpected ways. The ability to communicate up-to-date information is very important and helps prevent panic fueled by rumors and misinformation.

The success of TU’s emergency notification system depends upon accurate and current contact information supplied and updated by students, faculty and staff. Any contact information provided for the purpose of the emergency notification system is securely stored and used only in emergency situations.

Text Messages

In the event of a major life safety or public health emergency on campus, TU will notify and advise students, faculty and staff via its TU Alert text messaging service, a key component of the university’s emergency notification program. Accurate contact information is required to ensure the effectiveness of emergency text messages. Members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to enroll in the program by providing their cell phone number and selecting the link “Emergency Text Registration.”

University E-mails

TU may send high alert emails to the entire campus community providing emergency notifications and instructions.

Social Media

Campus Security will utilize Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets when necessary to provide updates on campus updates and emergencies.

Access to Campus Facilities

Instructional and administrative facilities are open to the public year-round during business hours, but Campus Security is called upon to allow access to some campus facilities when they are closed to the public. TU does not authorize access without the approval of Campus Security as verified by a person with legitimate control of the facility.

Buildings and Grounds

The Physical Plant Department staff maintains the University buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. They inspect campus facilities regularly and respond to reports of potential safety and security hazards such as broken windows and locks. The physical plant staff makes sure the campus is well-lit, and additional lighting is installed as needed. All campus buildings, grounds and properties are routinely inspected by Security Officers and Physical Plant employees to ensure that all lights are functioning.

Safety Awareness Programs

Each year The Office of Student Affairs, Resident Life program sponsored by the Resident Life staff and by other University organizations, Campus Security hold sessions each year on topics including personal safety awareness, rape prevention, and the prevention of burglary and vandalism. Information on safety and security is provided to students and employees at orientation, seminars, through the student newspaper, crime alert bulletins, and the campus television station. Please call 918-631-5555 for more information on these programs.

Crime Prevention Specialist

A Campus Security Crime Prevention Specialist is available to address departmental, group or other on-campus security information needs. These include assistance in security planning and programming as well as risk or security analyses of specific facilities or operations. Our Crime Prevention Specialist can be contacted at 918-631-5555.

Blue Phones

The Blue Light Telephone System increases safety and prevents crime by enabling people to reach Campus Security quickly from multiple locations around campus. The phones are located and marked by signs and by distinctive blue lights, so they are visible 24 hours a day. Campus Security can identify the caller’s location immediately and dispatch an officer to that location.

The blue-light phones are located in parking lots, on walkways, along roadways, outside classroom buildings and residence halls, and inside certain buildings.

Emergency Phones

Emergency phone are similar to blue light phones, except for location. Emergency phones are located indoors and are located in buildings around the campus, and in elevators.

TU TV/Campus Monitors

TU can override its campus cable system, to provide emergency notification in university buildings and residential housing.

Local Media

Campus Security will work with local media (radio, television and newspapers) to help announce and update campus closures or emergency situations.

Campus Security Website

TU will provide emergency updates on its Campus Security website as they become available. Students, faculty, staff and parents can access the site at http://www.utulsa.edu/security.

Monitoring Off-Campus Crime

The Department of Campus Security maintains liaison with Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies who keep the university well informed of off-campus crimes, crime trends and situations that may impact the safety of the campus community. Campus Security also works closely with the City of Tulsa Police Department in preventing crime in our surrounding neighborhood and, when necessary, making arrests and investigating crimes.

Sex Offender Registration

Students or employees who are required to register as sex offenders or violent offenders must promptly register in person with The Department of Campus Security as well as any other required authorities. Failure to promptly register is a felony. Only offenders convicted after November 1999 will be included in the sex offender registries. For more information, please contact Campus Security at 918-631-5555.