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Residential Safety Features and Services

Residence Life takes seriously our role in providing residents a safe environment to live in while attending UAA. The following measures have been taken as part of this effort:

  • Security Cameras: security cameras are placed throughout the residential campus, including in residence hall lobbies, parking lots, and the Gorsuch Commons. These cameras are monitored by the University Police Department who respond as needed when an issue is seen on the cameras.
  • Key Card Access and Pin Numbers: Access to residential facilities is managed by the student’s Wolfcard, including a pin number unique to each resident. Students living in the residence halls must swipe their Wolfcard to gain access to the lobby, again to access the wings or elevator, and then one final time including their pin number to access their suite and individual bedroom. Students living in the apartments must swipe their Wolfcard including their pin number to access their apartment and individual bedroom. Any student living on campus can access the residence hall lobbies, but only students of a particular building can access the wings or elevator where the suites are located without a host. Residents should never share their pin numbers with anyone else.
  • University Police Department (UPD): UAA is fortunate to have a department of sworn police officers who practice community policing to promote safety and trust. UPD performs frequent patrols of residential campus and respond as quickly as possible to calls for service. 
  • Rave Guardian App: UPD has introduced the Rave Guardian app, which allows you to turn your smartphone into a personal safety device and campus resource center. Directly connect to University Police (or 911 if off campus) in an emergency situation; submit confidential tips should you seen anything suspicious; invite friends and family to join your network as your "Guardians"; request one or more of your Guardians to virtually walk with you on or off campus--it’s like having an emergency blue light system and a trusted friend with you at all times; contact campus departments, including the Office of Equity and Compliance, Dean of Students, UA Confidential Hotline, UAA Care Team, Student Health and Counseling Center, UAA Risk Management and Emergency Management, along with many national and local off-campus support services; access important campus content and receive campus notifications. Enhance your personal safety and the safety of your friends by downloading the free app or search for "Rave Guardian" in the app store on your mobile device.

  • Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Training: RAD classes are offered periodically by the University Police Department (UPD) to teach women basic defense skills. For more information about the training and opportunities to participate, please visit UPD’s website. 

  • Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT): C-CERT is a program overseen by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aimed at creating teams of individuals in communities across the country trained in basic emergency response in order to assist first responders in the event of a large-scale emergency on our campus. Residence Life actively participates in the C-CERT program and re-trains staff, when possible, on a bi-annual basis. 
  • Emergency Call Boxes: UAA has a number of blue emergency call boxes, strategically placed throughout the residential campus, that can be used to contact first-responders in the event of an emergency. 
  • UAA Call Team: residents have access to the UAA Call Team, which offers a range of services such as walking safety escorts, emergency locates, and jumpstarts. For a full list of services and hours, please visit the UAA Call Team website. 
  • Fire Drills: each semester, residents can expect a fire drill to occur to make sure the fire safety equipment is working and residents understand what to do when the fire alarm is activated. Residents are required to quickly exit the building every time the fire alarm is activated and remain at least 50 feet away from the building until the all clear sign is given by first responders. Residents who remain in the building more than 3 minutes after the fire alarm is initiated may be subject to allegations of charges under the UAA Student Code of Conduct. Residence Life staff also enter a random selection of rooms during fire drills to inspect suites for policy compliance.