The safety of the campus community is a high priority at the University of Kansas. We strive to educate students and staff about safety precautions and advise scholars to consider what they can do to protect themselves. Campus safety is a shared responsibility. Each person is an active participant in the exercise of personal safety.
The university will use its home page and its KU Alert information site, as the official online location for information updates. Please visit the alert information site and review its recommended procedures for a variety of potential emergency situation procedures at the KU Alert site.
We recommend you sign up for text message alerts.
Public Safety Office
KU's Public Safety Office maintains a 24-hour operation, employing 911 dispatchers, commissioned law enforcement personnel and non-commissioned security officers. Uniformed police officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles and in marked and unmarked police cars. Its communications office monitors closed-circuit cameras in parking lots and public areas surrounding all major residence halls and buildings. There are blue emergency phones located across the campus that dial the 911 operators on campus. Most KU housing units use a card swipe for entrance into the building. KU buses run weekend nights (SafeBus), and there is also the Safe-Ride program.
The University of Kansas and Lawrence are generally safe; remember that you should still keep your doors locked, lock your car doors and use your bicycle locks. Most common crimes are petty theft of bikes, laptops and cell phones,.
SafeRide and SafeBus
SafeRide is a free transportation service for KU members that operates from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. every evening during the academic year when classes are in session. The SafeRide program provides KU students with safe transportation home
SafeBus operates Fridays and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. while school is in session. Six accessible buses will be covering 3 separate routes; with 2 buses on each route. All rules that apply to daily KU on Wheels and Park & Ride routes also apply to SafeBus. Each bus is equipped with six security cameras for rider safety.
The SafeRide and SafeBus programs are run by KU on Wheels. It is funded by the SafeRide student fee and by the State of Kansas.