UAF Resident Safety & Security
The Department of Residence Life has made every effort to instil a safety culture in our hall communities. The safety of our residents is of utmost importance to us and we strive to keep all of our facilities secure. UAF is a safe campus, and we intend to keep it safe by making sure that our roughly 2,000 residential students, staff and faculty understand and take a part in protecting themselves and their community. The more proactive we are, the safer we become and remember - If You See Something, Say Something!
PolarExpress Security & Hall Access
All of our halls are equipped with a card access system. This system utilizes your PolarExpress card. Only residents of the building can gain access by swiping their cards through the card reader. The system is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Giving your PolarExpress card to someone else (including friends, family, significant others, etc.) is a security risk and violation of PolarExpress Policy.
For personal safety and security, Res Life recommends that the following precautions be observed:
- When leaving the hall at night, tell your roommate when he/she should expect your return.
- After dark, try not to walk alone. Walk in pairs at night or call UAF Police at 474-7721 for security escort service.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Trust your instincts. Report suspicious persons or situations.
- Keep your residence door locked at all times.
- Never leave personal items unattended.
- Lock your vehicle and park in lighted areas.
- Report all incidents of crime or suspected crime to UAF’s Police Department
- Never hesitate to call for help.
To guard against theft of your property, Res Life recommends that the following safeguards be observed:
- Record all serial numbers and makes of electric valuables (laptops, playstations, iPods, etc.)
- Keep money and valuables in a secure place. Do not keep excessive amounts of cash in your room, or on your person.
- Record the numbers of all credit cards and checking accounts; record the addresses of these companies and banks so that they can be notified if cards are lost or stolen.
- Report the presence of any strangers in non-public areas of the residence halls to UAF Campus Police; and a hall staff member.
Crime Prevention: The University Police Department offers a variety of fully comprehensive training and educational programs to promote a safe and secure environment. Contact for any of these programs is Chief McGee at 474-7721.
Campus Safety and Preparedness: The Campus Safety and Preparedness page provides emergency response information related to emergency conditions that may develop from man-made or natural emergency situations, including fires, hazardous spills, flooding, earthquake, weather storms, explosions, or acts of terrorism.