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  • Schedule Your Next Virtual Meeting with UHPD’s Finest!

    Hear the latest safety and security campus updates from Chief Ceaser Moore as part of your next virtual organizational meeting.

    From SGA, Staff Council, Faculty Senate, and more, UHPD has been meeting virtually with student, staff, and faculty partners. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your next organizational or departmental group meeting. 

    Call Markenna Pharr (713) 743-0270 or send an email to for more details and calendar scheduling opportunities. Be sure to follow @StayCougarSafe on Twitter for additional news on how you can become a "co-producer" of safety in the UH community. 


  • Free COVID-19 Testing

    The University of Houston is partnering with the well-known testing company Curative to provide a free, walk-up kiosk on campus where faculty, students, and staff can be tested regardless of whether they have symptoms. By appointment only, the testing service will begin on Jan. 20 in front of the UH Student Center South from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • Stay Cougar Safe and UHPD Continues to Serve the UH Community

    Though COVID-19 has limited many physical interactions, UHPD and Stay Cougar Safe, an ongoing outreach and engagement safety initiative across the UH community, have both continued to serve the UH community virtually and on campus.
  • UHPD Made the Grade!

    UHPD was ranked among the top 500 power-players by Security Magazine. Only two Texas schools made the list. We are the only public Texas school highlighted.

  • NACAS College Services Magazine Features Campus Safety Outreach & Engagement Article by Emily A Messa, PhD, CASP

    NACAS College Services Magazine Features Campus Safety Outreach & Engagement Article by Emily A Messa, PhD, CASP

    “Increasing Positive Campus Engagement with University Police Departments,” by Emily A Messa, PhD, CASP, was featured in College Services Magazine, a NACAS publication for recognized as the industry leader for national auxiliary college services professionals in higher education.

  • Follow Stay Cougar Safe on Twitter

    Follow Stay Cougar Safe on Twitter

    Learn how to safely pick up your winnings from Trading Card Thursdays and other Stay Cougar Safe giveaways!
  • UHPD's National Night Out

    Watch UHPD's Virtual 2020 National Night Out

    "We want students to be succesful on campus. That's why we're here." - Chief Moore

    In case you missed it, check out a replay of UHPD's virtual National Night Out. 

  • Cougar Ride

    Cougar Ride - After-Hours Shuttle

    The Cougar Ride After-Hours Shuttle Service is a new program from Parking and Transportation Services that provides rides to and from all on-campus shuttle stops, as well as MD Anderson Library and Cougar Village/Moody Towers. The service is part of the multi-faceted approach of the Transportation & Security Work Group.

Emergency Contacts

You can always call 911 if you need immediate assistance, but here are additional contacts if you need help:

Safety Tips

  • UH Works to Prevent Sexual Misconduct

    To report sexual assault, call 911 or UH Police at 713-743-3333.

    UH’s sexual misconduct policy seeks to eliminate sexual misconduct from happening, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. This is done through education, training and serious consequences for any violation.

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  • Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

    The University of Houston Office of Emergency Management wants everyone to remember these three easy steps: have a plan, build an emergency kit and stay informed.

    Have a Plan

    Know whether you live in an evacuation zone. If so, make plans to evacuate. Know where you will go and how to get there. If you do not live in an evacuation zone, plan to shelter from the storm.

    Build an Emergency Kit

    Prepare enough supplies for three to seven days. Include non-perishable food, drinking water, a first aid kit and essential toiletries. Don’t forget medications, cash, flashlight with extra batteries and a weather radio.

    Stay Informed

    Employees should update their contact information through PASS and students through myUH Self Service to ensure that you receive emergency information from UH. For information on how to update your contact information or to view UH emergency information, visit the UH ALERT website. Also view the UH’s Office of Emergency Management website for resources. For additional details on hurricane preparedness, visit the UH Office of Emergency Management website.

  • Computer Virus Prevention

    Faculty, staff and students should follow the tips listed below to help prevent a virus from attacking your computer.

    • Use an internet firewall. Most operating systems come with built-in firewalls. Enable them at all times
    • Never open an email attachment that arrives from someone you don’t know
    • Install anti-virus software on your system and keep it up-to-date
    • Scan all email attachments or files that you download from the internet before you open them
    • Scan flash drives, CD/ DVD disks and other storage media if they originate from other sources

    For additional information, visit the University Information Technology website.

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  • If You See Something, Say Something

    The Department of Homeland Security’s “If You see Something, Say Something” national campaign strives to raise public awareness of the indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.             

    We can all keep our communities safe by paying attention to our surroundings and reporting suspicious activity to local law enforcement, including the UH Police Department when on campus. To contact UHPD, call 713-743-3333. To report suspicious activity, describe specifically what you observed including:

    • Who or what you saw;
    • When you saw it;
    • Where it occurred; and
    • Why it's suspicious.

    If there is an emergency, call 911. For more information, visit the campaign’s website.

  • UH Complies with State Law, Implements Campus Carry Policy

    UH’s campus carry policy complies with state law, protects the rights of citizens and addresses the safety and security of the entire campus. The law allows concealed handgun license holders to carry concealed handguns at public universities. Here are a few essential facts about UH’s policy and state law.

    • Open carrying of handguns is still prohibited at ALL institutions of higher education.
    • UH’s policy prohibits guns in all residence halls except Calhoun Lofts.
    • UH’s policy also prohibits guns in sporting venues, areas where disciplinary hearings are held, laboratories, polling places, places of worship, and health and mental health facilities.
    • Exclusion Zones, areas where carrying handguns is prohibited, are designated by “notices” or “30.06 signs.”
    • When not carried on or about a person, handguns must be in a secure storage area, locked compartment of a locked vehicle, or a gun safe.
    • Currently, the police station is the sole secure storage area. The address of the police station is 4051 Wheeler Ave.
    • If a police officer reasonably believes a safety risk exists, or has other probable cause to do so, he or she may disarm you. Be courteous and non-confrontational. Follow the police officer's directions.
    • If you see someone with a gun and it is a non-threatening situation, be a good witness and avoid escalating the situation by confronting the individual. Call the University’s police department immediately at 713-743-3333.

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  • Your Role in Preventing Crime

    To achieve a true partnership in the prevention of crime, UH Department of Public Safety (UHDPS) asks that community members actively assist us in maintaining a safe and secure campus for all students, faculty, and staff. To do this, we suggest the following:

    Voice concerns about crime and disorder problems

    Don’t wait until crimes occur or problems get out of control. Raise your concerns with the officers you encounter around campus, or contact UHDPS directly.

    Report crimes and suspicious activities

    We need you to serve as our eyes and ears. You are in a better position to identify behavior and activities that are out of the ordinary in your residence or workplace. A quick and effective response by UHDPS officers is greatly enhanced by accurate and timely reports of emergency or suspicious incidents. Crime prevention includes calling UHDPS when you observe suspicious activity, calling if you are the victim of or become aware of a criminal incident, and informing the department of potential public safety issues. If we are not made aware of an incident we cannot provide assistance to those in need or work to prevent it from occurring again.

    Report other problems and incidents.

    While UHDPS is not responsible for dealing with all problems brought to its attention, we do make every effort to address the problem with the appropriate University department or government agency.

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  • Security Escort Program

    The Security Escort Program is a service available for UH faculty, staff and students.

    • You can use this service if you ever have safety concerns or feel uncomfortable walking alone across campus at night.
    • Based on availability, either a UHDPS police officer or security officer will walk you to your desired location, which includes campus parking lots.
    • Locations must begin and end on campus.
    • Call UHDPS at 713-743-3333 or locate a call box and ask for a security escort. If you have special needs that prevent you from walking, please let the dispatcher know so that special arrangements can be made.
    • A security escort will be available to accompany you to your desired location.
  • Active Shooter Event

    Helpful tips to follow in the event of an active shooter on campus

    • AVOID: Pay attention to your surroundings. Have an exit plan. Move away from the source of the threat as quickly as possible. The more distance and barriers between you and the threat, the better. Call 713-743-3333 to reach UH Police directly, or dial 911.
    • DENY: Keep distance between you and the source. Create barriers to prevent or slow down a threat from getting to you. Turn the lights off. Remain out of sight and quiet by hiding behind large objects and silencing your phone.
    • DEFEND: If you cannot Avoid or Deny be prepared to Defend yourself. Be aggressive and committed to your actions. Do not fight fairly; this is about survival.

    Characteristics of an active shooter situation

    • Victims are selected at random.
    • The event is unpredictable and evolves at random.
    • Law enforcement is usually required to end an active shooter situation.

    When law enforcement arrives

    • Remain calm and follow instructions.
    • Put down any items in your hand (i.e. bags, jackets etc.).
    • Raise your hands and spread your fingers. Keep them visible at all times.
    • Avoid quick movements and pointing, yelling or screaming.
    • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating.

    Learn more.


  • Cell Phone Safety

    Did you know that cell phone theft accounts for a third of the robberies in the U.S.? Keep these tips in mind!

    • Keep your phone in your pocket, purse or backpack when you’re not using it.
    • Don’t leave your phone unattended.
    • Don’t lend your phone to someone you don’t know.
    • Add apps that will remotely track, lock and/or erase personal information on your smartphone if it’s ever lost or stolen.
    • If you have photos, emails, contacts, videos or anything else that you want to make sure is available if your smartphone is ever lost or stolen, save it somewhere else, such as a computer, USB drive or cloud service.
  • Staying Safe on Campus

    Walk on well-lit paths. Take the most-traveled route to and from classes. Walk with others if possible, especially at night, or take advantage of the University’s Security Escort Program.

    Be sure to:

    Secure any personal items…when studying and in public places…don’t leave your valuables unattended or in plain view.

    Always be aware of your surroundings….reach out and report suspicious activity to UHPD at 713.743.3333.

    Friends matter…check out Cougar Pack & Cougar Ride.

    Educate and encourage others to learn more about how to Stay Cougar S.A.F.E.

    Know the emergency exits out of your residential hall.

    Go easy on the alcohol. Approximately 1,700 students die from alcohol-related injuries each year. Alcohol often plays a role in acquaintance and date rape. Drinking too much may impair your judgment and make you less aware of your surroundings.

    Don’t display your cash or any other items such as cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.

    UHDPS recommends that all students, faculty and staff members take a moment and enter emergency contact information in their cell phone address book/contacts under the acronym ICE (In Case of Emergency). This would assist public safety officials in contacting the person to be called in the event of an emergency if you are ever discovered unconscious or incapacitated and unable to communicate.

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  • Staying Safe Near Light Rail

    Whether you are riding METRORail, or just walking or driving near the trains and tracks, it is important to stay alert and follow the safety rules of METRORail. Here are some safety tips from the Houston Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.


    • Do not walk in front of, between or behind the trains.
    • Trains can start quickly regardless of traffic flow.
    • Do not drive, stop or park your vehicle on the tracks. It’s dangerous and against the law.


    • Always cross the tracks at designated pedestrian crossings, and only when it is safe to do so.
    • Always look both ways before crossing the tracks. Trains travel in both directions.
    • Always look for and obey all warning devices: flashing lights, signals and crossing gates. Police will ticket violators.


    • Always stay alert. METRORail is quieter than a bus. You may not hear it coming.
    • Always listen for train horns, whistles and signal bells.
    • Always follow instructions from workers and police officers.

    And Never …

    • Never race a train or run in front of a train.
    • Never try to beat the train to a crossing. Even with a tie you lose.
    • Never drive around crossing gate arms.
    • Never stand on or near the tracks.
    • Never put anything on or near the tracks.