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Safety: Our Shared Responsibility

Residence Life at the University of Kentucky ensures the safety of our students in undergraduate housing is a core focus. We believe a secure environment is essential for a fulfilling academic and social experience. Here’s how we work towards a safer community:

Staff Support
In addition to Resident Advisors (RAs) on the floors, our staffing model ensures that trained professionals, backed by a team of experienced supervisors for additional support, are always available to assist students. If students need to connect with a staff member, stop by the front desk of their residence hall or contact their RA or Resident Director (RD). 

Regular Safety Training
Our staff receive initial and ongoing training in safety protocols and emergency response. This education is a crucial aspect of maintaining a secure living environment.

Safety Awareness Programs
Part of our programming is dedicated to educating students about safety issues relevant to both campus life and beyond. These initiatives aim to equip students with important safety knowledge and skills.

Policy Compliance
We actively enforce safety-related policies, including fire safety checks, adherence to visitation and escort rules, securing doors, and a fair conduct process for safety violations. Regular monitoring of the physical condition of our buildings is also a key part of our approach, ensuring maintenance issues are addressed promptly.

Your Role in Campus Safety

As members of the Residence Life community, students play a vital role in maintaining a safe environment. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with and adhere to university policies and regulations. You can learn more about the Code of Student Conduct on the Office of Student Conduct's website. The website also contains a form for submitting reports of potential violations of policy.  You can also learn more about University Housing Community Standards by visiting the publications section of the Resident Resource Page

Your awareness and cooperation are crucial. If you notice any safety concerns or issues, please report them to staff immediately. Together, we can create a safer, more secure living space for all.

Emergency Resources

After Hours and Emergencies

If you have an emergency, contact the UK Police Department by calling #UKPD or 911.

To reach a mental health clinician after business hours, on weekends or during University holidays and other closures call 859-257-8701 and select Option #1 to be connected with a clinician.

Phone numbers and links are not meant for communicating emergency situations.