Safety in Residence Halls

Student safety is our number one priority. We encourage you to learn what you can do to keep yourself and your property safe on campus. Please familiarize yourself with the Residence Hall Manual, which includes detailed information about emergency preparedness, hall evacuation areas, fire & life safety checks and more.

If you ever feel unsafe on campus, call 911. For non-emergencies, you can call the UT Police Department at 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 won’t be gone long.
  • 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 any doors open, including residence hall outside doors or your room door.
  • If you get dropped off, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
  • Have your ID card ready to swipe you in as you approach your building.

Campus Safety

  • Use SURE Walk or UT Night Rides 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 well-lit 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 if you need emergency assistance.
  • 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.

Hall Safety Resources

We have staff in every residence hall who are available 24/7 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, important safety information is provided throughout the academic year.

Some safety issues, like a broken lock or leaky faucet, need to be addressed and fixed by our staff. Fill out a maintenance request form to let staff know about any maintenance needs in our buildings.