Your safety is taken seriously in the University Residence Halls.
Your safety is protected by many measures that we have put in place, including some systems that require your attention (for example, locking your room door whenever you leave). All residence hall exterior doors are safeguarded by an electronic locking system that allows 24-hour monitoring of door locks to make sure doors are locked at the proper times. Security cameras with recording devices are located throughout the first floor and building entrance areas of all University Residence Halls, as well as some elevators and resident floors.
A great benefit to living on campus is the comfort of knowing you are in a place where University Police Liaisons make frequent visits, day and night, to the University Residence Halls, and they are a friendly and welcome presence.
A smoke detector is located in each student room and all common areas in the halls. In addition, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, pull station alarm covers, and fire doors are all designed to help with your safety.
SAFEwalk Escorts are two-person escort teams trained by University Police.
We strongly recommend that all residents sign up for UW-Madison's WiscAlerts emergency notification system, which sends out text message alerts to your mobile phone in the event of an emergency.
University Housing uses an email and text message system very similar to WiscAlerts to notify residents of situations that represent a threat to safety or an unplanned change in service. All University Housing residents are automatically enrolled in this service during their time living in the residence halls. For more information, visit our Housing Alerts page.
A community has strength when members stand up against bias and hurtful behavior. If you experience or witness behavior motivated by prejudice or insensitivity around race, ethnicity, national origin, immigrant status, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age, gender expression, ability, political affiliation or any other physical or cultural characteristics, we urge you to contact our University Residence Halls staff.
Steps you can take as residents play a critical role in creating and maintaining a safe community for everyone.