Safety on Campus

DHFS takes student safety very seriously. Please familiarize yourself with the Residence Hall Manual, which includes detailed information about emergency preparedness, hall evacuation areas, fire & life safety checks and more.

There are many things you can do to help keep your property, and yourself, safe. If you ever feel unsafe on campus, call 9-1-1. If you want to reach UTPD's Administrative Line call 512-471-4441.


Room Safety

  • Every room comes with a lockable drawer. Bring a lock from home and use that locked drawer to keep your valuables safe.
  • Lock your door whenever you leave. Take your keys with you, even if you'll be gone a short while.
  • Keep all doors locked when you are sleeping.
  • Never lend out your keys or leave your door unlocked for a friend.
  • Do not allow strangers to enter your room unless they are properly identified.
  • Do not keep large sums of money in your room.


Hall Safety

  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Do not prop open residence hall outside doors or your room door.
  • If a taxi or automobile drops you off, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
  • Have the access card to your residence ready as you approach your building.


Campus Safety

  • Use SURE Walk to avoid walking alone at night.
  • When walking, avoid dark, vacant or deserted areas. If you are followed or see suspicious activity, move to a lighted building or area and raise a commotion.
  • Activate a Police Help Phone (the yellow call box with a blue light on top) or a fire box.
  • Keep your keys in hand when you are walking at night.
  • Carry a noise-making device, such as a whistle, and have it ready to use.
  • Be alert, observant and aware of your surroundings and any other people on the street with you.
  • If you work or study late, alert a friend so they know where you are and when you will return.
  • Individuals who use alcohol should drink in moderation to avoid situations where their judgment would be impaired.


Did You Know?

DHFS has staff in every residence hall 24/7. Staff is there to help with emergencies, report suspicious activity and assist with student questions.

The residence halls put on security programming every year. From self-defense classes to fire-safety drills, your residence hall is bringing important safety information to you throughout the year.

Some safety issues, like a broken lock or leaky faucet, need to be addressed and fixed by DHFS staff. Fill out a Maintenance Request Form on your My Housing page to let staff know about any maintenance needs in the buildings.