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Health & Safety

Students’ health and safety are a top priority at the University of Tulsa. To ensure the health and safety of all TU students, you are expected to adhere to the following safety guidelines.


Students at TU take care of themselves and take care of one another.  CaneCares is a simple online tool for you to communicate any concerns or observations you may want to share about a friend, a neighbor, or your community.  CaneCares reports are read by TU staff members trained to assist in many ways. CaneCares provides a convenient way for you to step in and make sure a fellow student gets the help that they may need.

Please note that CaneCares reports are not intended for emergency situations.  If you or someone you know needs immediate assistance in real-time, call 911 or contact Campus Security at (918) 631-5555.

Campus Security

The Office of Campus Security, located on the east side of the Mabee Gym, is open 24 hours a day. In an emergency affecting the safety of the residents or property of the university, campus security should be notified. Dial the security dispatcher (918-631-5555). If you are threatened at any time with physical harm, call campus security immediately. Campus security patrols the campus and responds to calls 24 hours daily.

Further health & safety measures:

Assistance Animals

The University of Tulsa pet policy is outlined separately from students requesting a reasonable accommodation to have a assistance animal in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or an assistance animal in compliance with the Fair Housing Act (FHA), and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504).  Students seeking a reasonable accommodation for assistance animal in campus housing must request a reasonable accommodation by contacting the Center for Student Academic Support and completing the appropriate paperwork as outline by Center for Student Academic Support.

Click this link for the complete Service and Assistance Animal Guidelines.

Emergency campus phones

Need help while outside on campus? Locate one of the many 24-hour emergency phones across campus. Look for a blue light.

Fire safety & procedures

Preventing Fires and Staying Safe

Following housing policy is the most important (and perhaps easiest) thing you can do to keep yourself and others safe, when it comes to smoking, candles and incense, and the maintenance of fire safety equipment. It is also important when having friends and family to visit you to maintain safe occupancy levels in your room/apartment. Stay familiar with fire safety equipment and steps to follow in the event of a fire in your apartment or residence hall room.

Fire and Emergency Equipment

Fire alarms and fire extinguishers are located on each floor of the residence halls and the sorority houses. If abused or removed, this equipment will not be available in the event of fire, thereby endangering many lives. If anyone is found tampering with or improperly using alarms, extinguishers, hoses, sprinkler heads, or fire equipment of any form, student conduct and/or legal action will be taken. In addition, improper use of fire doors will lead to student conduct action.

False Alarm

Pulling a false fire alarm or tampering with fire or alarm equipment (including smoke detectors in rooms) will automatically result in a minimum $250.00 fine plus damages and other appropriate student conduct sanctions. Repeated offenses with fire-related equipment could result in additional fines and removal from housing. In addition to university sanctions, offenders may face $500.00 in civil fines and up to six months in jail. For further information, refer to RHA Bill 921, passed by RHA in spring 1992 and approved by Housing & Dining Services. Apartment residents are encouraged to take safety precautions such as testing smoke detectors and keeping a small fire extinguisher near kitchen areas. Tampering with any fire equipment is strictly prohibited.

Fire Safety Equipment

The following provides important information about University Housing’s fire safety equipment and safety practices and specific steps that student residents should follow to help maintain a safe living environment. Fire extinguishers are located throughout the residence halls and sorority housing. Proper use of fire extinguishers within extinguisher limits and by trained individuals is optional but should not be attempted until building alarm is activated and people are evacuated.

Steps for use of a fire extinguisher

Memorize the acronym for using an extinguisher: “PASS.” It stands for “Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep.”

  • Make sure the fire extinguisher is upright.
  • Remove the plastic tie from handle.
  • Pull the pin from the handle.
  • Aim the nozzle low, while keeping the extinguisher upright.
  • Squeeze the handle. The substance will be released.
  • Move in toward the fire, keeping the extinguisher focused on the base of the fire, when you can see that it’s being put out.
  • Sweep the extinguisher from side to side until the fire is out.

Smoke Detectors

Each room/apartment, is equipped with a smoke detector(s). This device is in the housing area to warn residents of smoke or fire. Smoke detectors are very sensitive so avoid spraying hair products or use hair appliances while directly underneath a smoke detector. Never cover or obstruct smoke detectors. Housing/Facilities Management staff will inspect the smoke detector(s) periodically. Apartment residents are urged to test their smoke detectors on a regular basis to ensure they are in working order. Please follow these instructions to test you smoke detector.

  • Locate the test button. (Generally, the button is on the faceplate of the detector. However, it may be on the base or flange of the detector in some models.)
  • Press the button firmly.
  • Listen for the audible alarm emitted when the button is pressed.
  • Release test button—the alarm sound should stop immediately. If a detector does not function in this manner, report it immediately to the Facilities Management (918-631-2287). Do not attempt to repair the detector yourself. Sprinkler System All residence halls and apartments are equipped with “wet” fire sprinkler systems. Should the system be activated, an audible alarm will also be heard. Residents must not hang any items from the sprinkler heads or tamper with any fire equipment. Do not obstruct or cover sprinklers or block the sprinkler so water cannot spread out and extinguish fires. Please remember to not handle, touch or damage the sprinkler heads or pipes. All related charges from damage will be billed to those responsible.

Fire Procedures

When a fire occurs in a residence hall, sorority house, or apartment unit, it is especially life threatening because of the number of people endangered. For these reasons, it is essential that advance preparation be made so that the occupants and emergency personnel will have specific guidelines to follow. These guidelines provide basic direction to those involved and help to lessen the number of decisions that must be made under stressful circumstances. When a fire alarm or smoke detector is sounded, always take the alarm seriously and assume there is a fire and evacuate immediately following these procedures. Failure to vacate the building will result in student conduct action as well as a fine of up to $75.00.

  • Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest route following these instructions. Do not use elevators and remain calm.
  • Test your door using the back of your hand before opening. If it is warm, do not open! Stay in your room/apartment and wait for emergency personnel to reach you.
  • Hang a sheet from your window to identify your location, if your window is able to open. If your door is not warm, evacuate and if the situation allows, put shoes on.
  • If you notice smoke, use an alternative escape route.
  • Check paths for safety before proceeding and close doors behind you.
  • Crawl low if you have to go through smoke.
  • Do not use elevators. A fire can disrupt the operation of elevators and trap occupants inside.
  • Go to a safe area or to a pre-assigned exterior area for your building.
  • If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact the emergency personnel outside the building.
  • If you are trapped during a fire emergency, close all doors between you and the fire. Stuff cracks around the doors to keep out smoke. Wait at a safe window and signal/call for help. If you have a phone, call the fire department or 9-1-1 and tell them exactly where you are.
  • Stop, drop and roll if your clothing catches fire.
  • Do not re-enter the building for any reason until the all clear by Fire Department Personnel.

Follow directions of fire and police personnel and the housing staff.

If You Discover A Fire

  • Leave the fire area and close the door to the area.
  • Sound the fire alarm in the residence halls or sorority housing.
  • Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest route. Proper use of fire extinguishers within extinguisher limits and by trained individuals is optional but should not be attempted until building alarm is activated and people are evacuated.
  • Follow the evacuation procedures.
  • From a safe area, call 9-1-1.
  • Await emergency response personnel at safe location and direct them to the scene.
  • If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, contact the emergency personnel outside the building.
  • Follow directions of fire and police personnel and the housing staff.
  • Do not re-enter the building for any reason until the all clear by Fire Department Personnel.

Lockout assistance & key usage policy

It is important to make sure you always keep your door locked but sometimes that may mean you have locked yourself out.  If you need lockout assistance see below how to get help.  Positive identification will be required (student ID or driver’s license) before or immediately after entering your room. Under no circumstances will a student be admitted to a room other than his or her own.

Residence Halls

A lockout service (key or ID) is provided for resident assistants for a minimal charge of $10. This fee will be billed to your student account.  If you are locked out, please report to the front desk for instructions on being let back into your room. When a Residence Life staff member is not available in your hall, you must await the return of staff or roommates.

Apartments and Sorority Housing

A lockout service (key or ID) is provided by Campus Security (918/631-5555) for a minimal charge of $10. This fee will be billed to your student account.

Excessive lock-outs: If a resident locked out more than 3 times in a semester, they must present their key in order to avoid a required lock change.

Key Duplication: It is unlawful for any student to duplicate a University key. University keys issued to residents may not be loaned, given, or shared with any non-resident.

Key Loss: As a security measure, locks on student rooms/apartments are always changed if a key is lost, misplaced or stolen. Lock change fees are assessed to students who lost their key.

  • Residence Halls: Contact your Front Desk in your area, to initiate the lock change and related billing. The charge for a lock change is $85.00 and will be automatically billed to your student account. Once a lock change has been completed, your new keys will be available from your Front Desk (your roommate/ suitemates are responsible for turning in their old keys and picking up the new ones. You are not authorized to pick up any keys for anyone other than yourself. After hours contact the RA on Duty to pick up your key.
  • Apartments: Come to the Norman Village Clubhouse with your student ID or other official ID to initiate the lock change and related billing. You will also be able to check out the spare key until the lock has been changed. The lock change fee of $85.00 will be automatically billed to your student account. New keys for the apartments may be picked up in the Norman Village. If residents do not return keys when checking out, a lock change will be ordered and charges will be assessed for a lock change and also for an improper checkout.

Maintenance Emergencies (Facilities Management)

Occasionally, a resident will have an emergency maintenance problem. An emergency is defined as a situation where a maintenance repair or some attention is essential to maintain the health and safety of the resident as well as to protect the building and its property. Examples of emergency situations:

  • No water (hot or cold)
  • Frozen/burst pipes flooding unit
  • Gas smell
  • No heat (only when temperature is below 40 degrees)
  • No air conditioning (only when temperature is above 90 degrees)
  • Power loss to entire room or apartment
  • Locks not working properly
  • Broken window in which someone could gain entrance

Emergency Maintenance Procedures

If an emergency maintenance situation arises after office hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., the resident should contact the Security dispatcher for assistance (918-631-5555).

After Hours Maintenance Non-Emergencies

Below are examples of situations that are not actual emergencies, but can be considered a major discomfort to the resident. Please report the problem immediately. If residents desire to accept financial responsibility for overtime contract work, a reasonable effort will be made to engage an approved source. Non-emergency situations:

  • No hot water
  • Toilet stopped up (shut off the water at toilets)
  • Refrigerator not working
  • Partial power loss
  • Stove/oven not working
  • Laundry Room issue

Medical emergencies/injuries

The Alexander Student Health Center (X2241) provides care and treatment of minor illness and emergencies for all full-time students who have a health record on file at the center. Students may be referred to a local physician for more serious health problems requiring treatment that exceeds the center’s capabilities. The center also strives to provide health education and preventative medicine. In case of major emergencies, students are referred to Hillcrest Medical Center, 1120 South Utica, 579-1000. When the Alexander Student Health Center is closed (during the summer and vacation periods) and immediate attention is required, emergency cases should be taken directly to Hillcrest’s Emergency Room. Hospital and ambulance services are at the student’s expense. For EMSA ambulance service, phone 918.596.3010 or dial 911. Please contact a Residence Life Staff member any time emergency health care is needed. The Office of Housing & Dining Services will not make the decision on whether to transport a student or not to a hospital, this decision is made by the student and EMSA.

The University of Tulsa has opted out of the EMSAcare Ambulance Program, and this is noted in the Housing License terms and conditions. As a resident, you may consider that typical ambulance ride can cost around $1300 or more, and may want to elect to participate in the program. The open election/enrollment period is (August 1st – August 31st each year). For more information about the program and to enroll during the open election period, visit

Or you can contact:
Utilities Services – 918-596-9511
Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Threats/suspicious behavior

If you receive information regarding a bomb threat, get as much information from the caller as you can. Listen for background noises and voice patterns that might provide clues about the caller’s location. Then, take the following steps:

  • Call campus security, ext. 5555.
  • Contact a Residence Life Staff member.
  • Give your name and the exact information you received. Do not investigate but be alert for unfamiliar objects along exit routes.
  • Do not touch anything!
  • Begin evacuation of the building only if it is ordered by housing personnel or campus security or as common sense dictates.


SafeZone is a smart phone app that any student or staff member can download and use for free. This App will connect you directly to TU Campus Security should you need our assistance or emergency support while you are on campus.

SafeZone uses the latest GPS technology to give you peace of mind wherever your experiential learning takes you. It’s free for all TU students, faculty, and staff. Inside the designated SafeZone areas, the app provides you with immediate access to TU Campus Security.


Download SafeZone from either the iTunes App Store, the Google Play App Store.


View the step-by-step installation guide on


If you feel threatened or need urgent assistance

Medical Assistance

If you’re injured and need medical care


To share your location with TU Campus Security if you’re traveling, studying, or working on campus during non-business hours


If there’s an incident on campus that requires you to take action

Help Desk

For general, non-emergency inquiries about campus safety services


You’re never tracked unless you send an alert or check-in

Please Note

  • If you use the Timer app to do a virtual walk, if you do not turn it off prior to the time expiring it will send an alert to Campus Security and they will start looking for you
  • If you send an emergency alert and you exit the campus, SafeZone will still follow your mobile device using the cellular network.  It will only follow you if you have an active alert that you sent.
  • An Anonymous Tip on See It, Say It is truly anonymous as long as click the option to send anonymously
  • If you check in on the app on the main campus and then leave the campus, the app will check you out on the app.  So when you return or arrive at another campus location, ie North Campus, Zarrow, Gilcrease, HCAR, Oxley you will need to check back in the app.

Click any of the links below for additional information:

Tornado Safety

So, you’re watching TV, and county names start scrolling across the bottom of the screen and are labeled watch or warning, and you are wondering just what this means. It is important to know we are located in Tulsa County (highlighted in red below). It is important to know the difference between a watch and a warning so you know whether or not to take cover.

Tornado Watch: This means there is a chance of a tornado forming.

Tornado Warning: This means a tornado has been seen or detected by radar.

Watches Vs. Warnings: Oklahoma is a beautiful state, but unfortunately, we are also home to a fair share of tornados. It is important to be prepared in case one of these storms heads towards Tulsa. When these storms come a tornado siren usually precedes them. To hear what the siren sounds like, go outside any Wednesday at noon, that is when they are tested. You can also hear the sirens at many of the Golden Hurricane football games.

Tornado Safety Procedures: If a tornado warning is issued, you need to move from your room to a place of greater safety, away from the top floors of the halls and apartments and away from windows or glass. Most injuries and deaths from tornados are due to flying debris. Generally, interior hallways, bathrooms, and basements are best. Take a blanket to shield yourself from potential flying or falling debris and remain calm until staff gives the “all clear”. Those wishing to risk their lives by viewing the tornado are asked to leave University property.

If A Tornado Siren Sounds:

  • Remain calm.
  • You MUST proceed to the designated Tornado Safety Area as indicated below.
  • Remain in Tornado Safety Area until University staff has given the “ALL CLEAR” signal. University staff members will let you know when it is safe to leave the shelter.
  • Do not go outside.

This map will help you

determine when watching the news or looking at the radar for weather emergencies where the University of Tulsa is located. We are located approximately in the middle of Tulsa County, which is highlighted red on the map below.

Residence Halls/Greek Housing: proceeded as directed

Fisher South: Ground floor hallway with room doors closed.

Fisher West Suites: Ground floor hallway with room doors closed.

Fraternity Houses: Ground floor hallway with room doors closed.

Hardesty Hall: Basement area.

John Mabee Hall: Basement, Club Mabee game room, basement hall away from glass windows

Lafortune House: Ground floor hallway with room doors closed.

Lottie Jane Mabee Hall: Basement kitchen, meeting room, basement interior hall away from windows

Sorority Houses: Ground floor hallway with room doors closed.


1st floor residents say in apartment move to an interior room

All 2nd and 3rd floor residents proceed as directed –

University Square South Apartments: Mary K. Chapman away from windows

Norman Village Apartments: Chapman Hall away from windows

Lorton Village: Mabee Gym away from windows

Mayo Village: Case Tennis away from windows

Brown Village: Keplinger Hall away from windows

West Park Apartments/Office Space: 1st floor interior hallway just outside of the Commercial Office Space.

Transit Devices

Bike Storage

Bicycle storage is permitted in your room and in designated parking areas around your building. Please limit the storage of your bicycle to the bicycle racks only.

Campus Bicycle Regulations

  • Cyclists must yield to pedestrians.
  • All bicycles brought to campus must be registered. Stop by Parking and Card Services to register your bike.
  • Bikes may be parked inside student rooms and apartments or outside at racks.
  • Bikes may not be parked in such a way that they constitute a hazard or interfere with emergency access.

Cycling Safety

The TU Rider Network (TURN) encourages all cyclists to follow important safety rules and regulations.
Ride Safely and Share the Road:

  • Protect your brain. Wear a properly fitted helmet with the strap fastened.
  • Conduct routine maintenance and repairs.
  • Obey traffic laws. Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.
  • Ride on roads in the direction of traffic flow and obey all traffic signs and signals. Avoid riding on sidewalks.
  • Pass pedestrians, other cyclists, and motor vehicles on the left. Never pass on the right or between lanes.
  • Ride as far to the right as is safe, but don’t be afraid to take the lane when the lane is too narrow for a bicyclist and a motor vehicle to share side by side.
  • Don’t ride beside more than one other cyclist. Ride single file on two-lane roads. Never cross the centerline.
  • Be predictable. Use hand signals to indicate turns, slowing, and stopping. Avoid weaving in and out of moving and parked vehicles. Make eye contact with motorists, other cyclists, and pedestrians.
  • Be visible. Wear bright clothing during the day and white clothing at night. Bicycles ridden at night must have a white front light and a red rear reflector. A red rear light is recommended.
  • Don’t bike distracted. Put away your phone and earbuds.

Hoverboard Policy

The University of Tulsa prohibits the use, possession or storage of electronic skateboards including self-balancing boards, hoverboards, Segways, Skywalkers, and similar devices in all university buildings and on-campus housing facilities.