Child Safety


The safety of children in our community is a top priority. You can help by supervision your own children and teaching them about safety and respect for other people's property.

Unattended Children

In Wisconsin, social services policy indicated that a child younger than 10 years old should not be left alone without an adult. University Apartments upholds this policy. Children younger than age five should never play outside unless attended by a parent or a designated adult.

School age children often choose to spend time in the Community Center after-school and on weekends when the gym is open. families should be aware that there are adults present in the building, but children are not supervised closely. Children can come and go as they please, and may have access to the Internet connected computer kiosk in the study room. Please make certain your child is old enough to be unsupervised if they are allowed to come to the Community Center without a responsible adult. 

If you see an unattended child anywhere in the complex, look in the immediate area for the parent or caregiver. If you don't see anyone, contact (hours depending) the University Apartments Office, RM On Duty, Community Police Officer, or the UW-Madison Police.

Lost or Missing Children

Young children can easily get lost in the University Apartments complex because the buildings look very similar. Please make sure you teach your children to memorize their building number and apartment letter as soon as they are able.

If you cannot find your child call the UW-Madison Police at 608-262-2957 or by dialing 9-1-1 number. Tell the dispatcher where someone can meet you, the name, age, and description of your child, and places you child was and where they may go. You can also call the Eagle Heights Community Center at 608-262-3407 and ask for staff assistance in locating your lost child.

Windows and Screens

Window screens are only intended to prevent insects from entering your home. The screen are purposefully designed to be removed easily, and they will not stay in place if they are pushed. Even a small child can easily push out a screen, and fall from the window to the ground.

Each window has a safety pin that can be inserted into the window frame when the window is partially open (approximately 4 inches). Once inserted, the pin can be turned slightly to keep children from removing them. This allows air circulation, while limiting how far open a window can be. To see how to insert window pins visit our Maintenance Video page.

Areas Off Limits to Children

There are some areas where children are not allowed for safety reasons: construction areas, roofs, laundry rooms and basement storage areas, dumpsters and recycling containers, and balconies and fire rescue platforms. Do not allow children to play on, in, or near the dumpsters.

Children Car Safety

In Wisconsin, children are required to be in a safety seat or booster seat. For more information about this car and resources visit the UW-Madison Police site.