UW and HFS employees work together to help promote the safety and security of the campus community. However, being on an urban campus means each member of the community needs be aware of safety and security risks and how to minimize them. The following information describes many of the programs, policies and services that exist to help promote your safety and well-being, both on and off campus.
In case of fire or other emergency, know the evacuation procedures (located on the back of your door).
- Secure doors and windows when you are alone, when you are asleep at night, and when you leave the room or apartment—even if it’s just for a minute. Watch our video and find out what can happen!
- Look through the peephole to make sure it is someone you know before answering the door.
- Keep outside doors closed, even if you need to go in and out frequently.
- Only let people you know into residential buildings.
- Immediately report any obscene, harassing or threatening phone calls, emails and messages and any suspicious circumstances or activity to your Resident Adviser (RA) or the UW Police Department (UWPD) at 911.
- If you see a firearm or hear gunfire, go somewhere safe and secure. Call 911. Do not investigate the situation.
- Keep your Husky Card secure. For most residents, it serves as your residence hall key or your checkbook, and for all residents, your identity. Don't lose it or loan it.
- Take appropriate steps to secure and insure personal property.
- Register your bicycle and electronic devices with the UWPD.
- Know where to go for help when you need it.
- Abide by the regulations stated in the applicable housing Agreement.
- In case of an earthquake: DROP, COVER and HOLD. Do not evacuate unless instructed to do so.
- Keep in touch. Always let someone know where you are going and when you will return.
- Keep your emergency contact information up-to-date via the Student Profile Page.
Privacy and Safety
HFS will not, under any circumstances, release room or apartment numbers to any person including friends, relatives and parents without written authorization from the student. Although this policy may seem inconvenient at times, it promotes residents’ safety and a more secure living environment within the UW. We encourage you to make sure your family and friends have your address, room number and telephone number, and that they are aware of the UW housing guest policy.
If you have been threatened or believe you are in physical danger, contact the UWPD immediately at 206-685-UWPD (8973)/TTY 206-543-3323 or dial 911.
You must accompany your guests (any nonresident of the building/complex) at all times while they are present in residential areas of the building or complex. Never allow anyone you do not know into a housing facility. Be especially aware of potential nonresidents who may follow you into the building after you open the door. Every guest is the responsibility of the resident host and is subject to UW policies, rules, regulations and community standards while present in housing facilities. Each resident is responsible for ensuring that activity taking place in his/her room or apartment is in accordance with all applicable regulations. Only residents, staff, faculty, authorized vendors or invited guests are authorized to enter the residence halls or apartment facilities.
The UW is not responsible for theft or damage to residents’ property in the residence halls. To protect your belongings, you are encouraged to:
- Use an engraver to put your name on all valuables, such as stereos and computers. This will make them less desirable to thieves and easier to trace if stolen.
- Register your bicycle and electronics (such as your computer, cell phone and MP3 player) with the UWPD. If an item is stolen, registration can aid in recovery. Please consult the UWPD for more information.
- Make a record of the description, serial numbers and identifying characteristics of your valuables. Photos can also serve as useful records.
- Get renter’s insurance for your possessions or make sure you are covered through your family’s insurance.
- Report all thefts to the UWPD immediately at 206-685-UWPD (8973)/TTY 206-543-3323.
- Protect yourself against the illegal or fraudulent use of your identity. Visit UW Police Crime Watch for detailed information about how to protect your personal information, mail, credit card numbers, bank records and computer data.
Traveling After Dark
Be cautious when walking outside after dark. Travel in groups whenever possible or call to request a Husky NightWalk security guard to accompany you to your destination (within a one-mile radius of campus).