Campus Safety

Campus safety and security are matters of significant importance on the William Woods University campus. Personnel patrol the campus and provide a variety of protective and service-related functions. Safety officers work to provide a safe and orderly campus environment. View the Main Street Safety Store, NSSI Insurance or Sallie Mae Insurance for your safety and security needs.

Safe Walk

Campus Security is available to escort students across campus after hours. For Campus Security, dial 4357 (HELP) from a university phone or 592.4357 from a cell phone.

When you need the Police, Fire or an Emergency Response, dial 9-911 from any university phone, or 911 from a cell or off-campus phone.

Emergency Phones

Emergency phones have been installed in six strategic locations around campus.

Also referred to as "blue phones", they have an attention-getting blue strobe mounted atop the units.

The blue light is continually lit, and the strobe is activated when the emergency button is pressed.

The phones contain two buttons.

  • A red emergency button which calls 911. Used for emergencies ONLY
  • A black button, which calls the wwu switchboard to summon assistance for non-emergency situations such as lock-outs and dead batteries

Silent Witness

Silent Witness is a part of our reporting structure that is designed so that students, faculty and staff can report suspicious activity and crimes via the Internet while remaining anonymous.   Silent Witness Reporting Form. 

Alertus - Desktop Emergency Notification

Truly effective mass notification must reach users more than one way. Alertus Desktop gets the attention of your computer users immediately. When an emergency occurs Alertus Desktop will pop up a full-screen alert on your PC and Mac, taking over the whole screen with a warning that's impossible to miss.

Woods Alert - Emergency Text Notification System

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up for Woods Alert, an emergency notification system which uses text messaging. Information can be sent to your cell phone, wireless PDA, or pager! Information includes the following categories:

  • Emergency Information
  • Campus Closings/Cancellations
  • Important Announcements

It is easy to sign up and it is free!

Just click the link below to get started:

Prevention Programs

Security personnel provide safety information to the the campus and also work with the local police department to provide safety programs to the students.

The focus of this educational programming effort is to increase awareness of safety issues and to provide students and employees with information about campus security procedures. Members of the campus community are encouraged to make safety a priority for themselves and the university.

Student Orientation

New students receive security/safety information during orientation sessions and are encouraged to report safety concerns, emergencies, and/or crimes to the safety office.

Education Programs

The Student Life staff, other university staff, and student organizations sponsor educational programs dealing with issues such as sexual assault, including rape and acquaintance rape, alcohol awareness, substance abuse, etc. Topics are addressed through a variety of measures including campus flyers and promotional materials, speakers, videos, curriculum infusion, etc.

Residence Halls

Hall meetings are held to address hall safety procedures and security issues identified by the community life staff.

Prevention Reports

The university seeks to notify members of the campus community in a timely manner of the occurrence of crimes that would be a potential threat to students and/or employees. Campus memos addressing specific situations serve as a medium for communication.