Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River Campuses - Safety Programs


The month of September is UAA Safety Awareness Month. UAA strives to create safe and secure environments where students flourish. Some program highlights include: Safety Tips, Basic Self Defense and Disaster Response Training, Safe Dating and Sexual Assault Prevention, Campus Safety Walk, Anchorage Emergency Preparedness Fair, and UAA Safety Resource Exhibit. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Safety Awareness Month programs. Students, faculty, and staff are also invited to attend emergency preparedness presentations offered throughout the year.

In addition, students are provided safety education at New Student Orientation and Campus Kick-Off, a carnival meant to welcome back all students to campus. Alaska Middle College students are provided safety education at Preview Day at the Chugiak-Eagle River campus and through the Mat-Su Borough School District. The Fact Finder Student Handbook is available to all students and includes multiple tips and resources for students about safety.

The Department of Residence Life takes extra steps to educate students about safety. Safety programs are planned during Welcome Week, occurring at the start of each fall semester. Students are provided a Guide to Living on Campus including guidelines on how to remain safe in a residential living environment. Finally, resident advisors and peer mentors sponsor safety programs in the residential community on a monthly basis. Fire drill evacuations occur in the residential community every semester. 

UAA's Emergency Manager also conducts fire drill evacuations of campus buildings once per year. University employees may participate in UAA's UPD Auxiliary Emergency Team (AET), a group of full-time faculty and staff from across campus who are on-call to assist the University Police Department in large critical incidents. The Team is trained in crowd control, traffic control, evacuating buildings, crime scene searches & protection, radio use, and other topics. Many AET members are certified in citizen emergency responder national training. Monthly AET meetings also feature a training component. Members are activated through a digital paging system and respond to scenes with a supplied gear pack and Team jacket or vest.


At the Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River Campuses, University Police provide crime prevention workshops to students, employees, and members of the community. UPD offers workshops on personal safety, alcohol and drug awareness, theft prevention, moose safety, and rape awareness. UPD also offers a personal self-defense course each semester for women on Rape Aggression Defense (RAD).

UPD will also perform a security audit of office spaces. These audits can include training for what to do in unsafe office situations. Environmental Health & Safety can perform occupational and fire safety audits of office spaces.