Protecting You and Your Property
Concerns about personal safety and the security of property are shared by all segments of the University community. The security of your community depends upon residents working together with the Department of Residence Life, UHDCS, and University Police to promote a safety conscious community.
- Do not prop open apartment/suite doors unless a resident is present in the common area and all roommates agree to the propping.
- Report suspicious activity to University Police.
- The University does not assume responsibility for lost, stolen, or damaged personal belongings.
- Family homeowner’s insurance may cover your personal belongings while at school.
- Shut your bedroom door when you leave, and keep your suite or apartment door shut at all times, even when you or your roommates are at home.
UAA’s annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and other drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other related matters. You can access this report on-line at www.uaa.alaska.edu/upd/stats.cfm or by contacting the Dean of Students Office, Rasmuson Hall 122, 786-1214.
In partnership with University Police, both Residence Life and UHDCS welcome community policing to the On-Campus Living community. The halls and apartments are the neighborhoods of the campus and police officers walk a neighborhood beat to solve problems and deter crime. The goal is not to increase the number of arrests but to focus on working with students as partners to prevent a crisis or crime before it happens. Community policing efforts such as the neighborhood watch program and residential community safety audits encourage residents to promote proactive problem solving, develop community partnerships, and take greater ownership and responsibility for their personal safety.
Residence Life and UHDCS staffs are trained to respond to emergency situations and activate local emergency response systems. For any emergency, contact the Resident Advisor on Duty immediately. If you need Police or Fire Department emergency assistance, dial 911.
Emergency Call Box
For your safety, emergency call boxes are located on the walking trail leading to Providence Drive and on the trail leading from West Hall to the Main Apartment Complex. In an emergency, use this call box to directly connect to the University Police dispatcher.
Levels of On-Call Support
On-Campus Living provides multiple levels of emergency response when residential students experience crises while in college. Anytime the University is closed, residents can call a Resident Advisor on Duty. The RA on Duty has the ability to contact a Residence Coordinator, who is a masters-level, full-time professional for situations requiring a professional response. For serious incidents occurring on campus, the Residence Coordinator will contact the Director of Residence Life or their designee to report the situation. The Director of Residence Life or their designee reports serious incidents to the Dean of Students Office, who in turn communicates with the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Certain incidents will then be forwarded from the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs to the Chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage and ultimately to the President of the University of Alaska System. These multiple levels of reporting are meant to ensure students received the best care and support when experiencing crises.
Natural Disasters and Weather Conditions
Alaska’s unique geographic location exposes residents to many different environmental conditions. Events such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, flooding, heavy rain, or heavy snow can occur and may cause the University to close temporarily. Updates of emergency closures may be accessed through the Campus Switchboard at 786-1800 (option 2) or the main UAA website: www.uaa.alaska.edu. Should a sizable earthquake occur, stand in a doorway, triangle of life, or get under a table or desk until it is over. If you happen to be outside, you should stand away from buildings, telephone and electrical lines, and trees. After the earthquake, find a radio or television and listen for instructions from public safety agencies. For more information pertaining to Alaska’s unique environmental conditions, contact the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management at 343-1400 or University Police at 786-1120 (non-emergency line).
The residential community is generally a safe environment, however it is not without crime. The majority of crimes in the residence halls involve the theft of personal property. Few of these thefts involve “forced entry” and most offenses fall into the category of “crimes of opportunity.” Effective security and protection of people and property are the primary responsibilities of all members of the campus community. Residents are encouraged to be security conscious at all times.
Safety Escort Service
Call Team Officers (CTOs) can be reached at 786-1103, and provide safety escort service to the UAA community during the following hours:
Monday--Thursday 7:00 am-8:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am-5:00 pm
Here are some useful safety tips that may save you from falling victim to crime:
- Travel on well-lit streets.
- Walk with someone at night.
- Use a route that is well traveled by other.
- Know where emergency phones are located.
- Do not impair your judgment by the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Be sure your door is completely closed when you leave or while you are sleeping.
- Be sure the door is completely closed to the room or apartment when leaving.
- Keep valuables such as wallets, money, and jewelry out of sight.
- Engrave all valuable items with your driver’s license number Each Residence Hall Desk has an engraver available.
- Keep a record of all valuables noting description and serial numbers.
- Do not invite people you meet on the Internet to your room or to stay overnight in your room.
- Do not allow solicitors to enter your room.
- Request identification and authorization from maintenance staff requesting to enter your room.
- Never lend your keycard, D. card, or meal card to anyone.
- Report all thefts immediately to the University Police at 786-1120.
- Report to the residence hall staff, all doors, locks, and windows that are in need of repair.
- Be suspicious of unknown persons loitering or checking doors. Note their description and call University Police at 786-1120.
Students shall be free from unreasonable search and/or seizure regarding their person and their personal property. University personnel may enter a student housing residence with prior notice but without contemporaneous permission when they have reason to believe there is a violation of the UAA Student Code of Conduct in progress. Such entry must be done by, or have the authorization of, University personnel designated by the Chancellor or senior student affairs officer or designee such as a Residence Life or Housing professional or student staff member. Prior to entering, University personnel will knock on the door of the student housing residence and announce their names and University affiliation before entering.
When feasible, the University personnel will knock twice and announce that they are entering prior to actually entering the student housing residence.
When feasible, University personnel entering a student residence to enforce the UAA Student Code of Conduct or under emergency situations should be accompanied by at least one other person.
University personnel may enter a student housing residence without prior notice or contemporaneous permission when they have reason to believe there is imminent danger to persons or property. Such entry must be done by, or have the authorization of, University personnel designated by the Chancellor or senior student affairs officer or designee.
When feasible, the University will provide reasonable notice of housing entry for routine or preventative maintenance and repair, and health and safety inspections by maintenance and other authorized personnel. Notice of routine entry will include the reason for entry, who will be entering the residence, and an approximate time the entry will occur. Two attempts to contact the affected students should be made within the 24-hour period preceding the routine entry; such attempts may constitute, for example, knocking on the door. Residents need not be present at the time of routine entry. If present, residents are entitled to request identification from the authorized personnel. Residents will be notified within 24 hours if DRL or UHDCS staff enter your living space for any reason when residents are not present.