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The university seeks to foster a secure environment for the university’s academic and research enterprise. The mission is to ensure the safety, welfare, and security of the students, staff, faculty, students and visitors to campus through high quality services and leadership, including The University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) and the Office of Campus Safety. The university also coordinates closely with the Austin Police Department (APD), The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and various other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies as needed. You can find the most recent update about our safety and security efforts here.

After an on-campus murder in 2016, campus officials requested a comprehensive safety audit from the Texas Department of Public Safety and began implementing a range of changes to bolster security on campus. These efforts continued after the stabbing and murder of another student in 2017.  In addition, Be Safe, a safety awareness program for the campus, was initiated

The Be Safe campaign strategy consists of  three consistent messages:

  1. Walk With Me which encourages the campus community to never walk alone,  and emphasizes the SURE Walk and UT Night Rides program offering escorted travel across campus and in close-by residential areas, as well as our police service, which also provides transportation during late-night hours.
  2. Call 911 urges the campus community to dial 911 when they experience anything that makes them concerned for their safety or the safety of others.
  3. Be Aware of Your Surroundings which asks community members to pay attention to what is going on around them.

Increased Campus Safety Measures

  • UTPD partners with the Austin Police Department (APD) to create an environment that is safe and secure. UTPD and APD officers patrol the campus and surrounding areas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Increased police patrols by UTPD, APD and the DPS including more frequent  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
  • Created a full time communications position within UTPD to better inform campus and public

Messages to campus

2019

Focusing on Safety – from President Gregory L. Fenves – April 22, 2019

2017

Tragedy on Campus Today – from President Gregory L. Fenves – May 1, 2017

Update on Campus Tragedy  – from President Gregory L. Fenves – May 1, 2017

from President Gregory L. Fenves

2016

UT Austin Receives DPS Security Assessment and Will Implement Recommendations – from Gregory L. Fenves – Aug. 31, 2016

Improvements to Campus Safety and Security – from President Gregory L. Fenves – July 5, 2016

Updates on Campus Tragedy – from President Gregory L. Fenves – April 6, 2016

Law Enforcement Continues Homicide Investigation – from President Gregory L. Fenves – April 6, 2016

A Loss For Our Community – from President Gregory L. Fenves – April 7, 2016

Developments in Homicide Investigation – from President Gregory L. Fenves – April 8, 2016

A Message from Haruka’s Family – from President Gregory L. Fenves – April 8, 2016

Honoring Haruka’s Memory – from President Gregory L. Fenves

Resources

University of Texas Police Department (UTPD)

Campus Safety Office

Be Safe – Safety & Security Tips, Resources and Updates for the UT Austin Community

Campus Safety & Mental Health Resources

UT Austin Experts

Jimmy Johnson – Assistant Vice President for Campus Safety

David Carter – Chief – UTPD

Noelle Newton – Director of Campus Safety and Security – UTPD

News

Man Found Guilty in Killing of Texas College Student Haruka Weiser – NBC – July 20, 2018

6 Months After Deadly UT Stabbing, Friends, Family Remember Harrison Brown – KVUE-TV – Nov. 10, 2017

Community Mourns Senseless Death of Harrison Brown – The Graham Leader – May 2, 2017

Haruka Weiser Death Suspect in Custody, Police Say – CNN – April 8, 2016

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