The Department of Residence Life has made every effort to instill a safety culture in our residential 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 are as a community.

PolarExpress Security and 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.

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 Mallard at 907-474-7721.


Emergency reporting of safety and security

Non-emergency reporting of safety and security

Security tips For personal safety and security, Residence 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 907-474-7721 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, Residence 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.

Lost and Found The UAF Police Department normally keeps found items of value in the station but turns over items deemed to be less than $50 to the Wood Center's lost and found. Bicycles, however, are usually turned over to the Wood Center, no matter the value, due to space limitations. Please check both lost and founds when looking for items. Lost and found locations throughout UAF campus:

  • UAF Police Department
  • Wood Center
  • Fine Arts (Music Department)
  • Arctic Health (Library)
  • Irving I (Room 211)
  • IARC (4th floor Operations/Administration)
  • Elvey (Room 601)
  • Library (Circulation Desk)
  • Physical Plant (Dispatch)

Safety services

Gun storage

Weapons are not allowed in campus residences! The UAFPD has a secure room where individuals may store their gun, knife, bear spray, taser or bow. Simply call 907-474-7721 before you want to check an item in or out. This service is free of charge and easy to do.

Below are form needed to store a weapon. The weapons storage agreement must be completed and one weapon's storage card is also needed for each item checked in. You can prefill out the forms, print them out and bring them with you to expedite the check-in process

Fingerprinting services

  • Fairbanks Volunteers in Policing (VIPs) 907-388-9696 by appointment only.
  • North Pole Police Dept. 907-488-6902
  • Alaska Tags and Title 907-456-3322 by appointment only. No HAZMAT fingerprinting. Hours are M-S 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m., 607 Old Steese Hwy Ste F
  • HAZMAT and CDL and specialty printing 202B Washington Plaza 907-455-8835

Security escort service

Any time, day or night, you can call us at 907-474-7721 to have a police officer escort you to your car, campus residence, or any other building on campus.

  • You must have photo identification and the escort may be on foot or in a vehicle.
  • Sorry, this service cannot be used in place of a taxi service for off-campus transport.

Vehicle jumpstarts

  • During regular business hour (M-F // 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) jumpstarts are provided by UAF Parking Services. At all other times, the UAF Police will provide this service if an officer is available.
  • You must be the registered owner of the vehicle.

Vehicle unlocks

  • Vehicle unlocks are provided by the UAF Parking Services department during regular business hours.

Safety checklist

Statement form

The UAF statement form can be filled out at home or office, but must be signed and brought in to the UAF Police Department at 612 Yukon Drive. If you have any questions, please contact us at 907-474-7721.

UAF daily case reports

All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Safety programs and resources

Violent intruder training

Workplace safety and security throughout the UAF campus is the single prime concern of the Police Department. This program addresses the worse case scenario; that of a violent intruder on campus. The department has developed a comprehensive program tailored to each individual department of the UAF campus. We provide hands on training to prepare staff, students, and faculty for this occurrence.

Targeted audience- Entire campus

In-depth departmental training offered to educate employees and supervisors on what to do in case a violent intruder enters their workplace. Check-lists and constant reinforcement of situational awareness will be made available. Contact numbers will be posted in every department.

Goal of the program–In this worst case situation, reporting the intruder as soon as possible and use of survival techniques and responses will limit the damage and loss of life.

Active Shooter Response Checklist

Alcohol awareness

Alcohol awareness/Problem drinking prevention- This program is a multifaceted one that works toward helping students identify why they drink, how it affects themselves, their education, and their achievement of goals, and gives tools and alternatives to establish better habits and behaviors that will last their entire lives. The end goal is to reduce drinking and mitigate the end results of alcohol abuse.

Targeted audience- Residential students, freshman, and recent 21 year olds. Broad-based campus-wide campaign with posters, meeting, training sessions, and intervention programs.

Goal of the program- To highlight and educate UAF students on problem drinking behaviors and offer immediate alternatives whenever possible. Students who binge drink, or are around those who do, are more likely to not attend classes after drinking, have low GPAs, lose financial aid or student employment eligibility and drop out of school. By working with students and staff, the goal is to enable students to realize the destructive nature of this problem, provide methods, tools and referral information to reduce or eliminate the behavior or trigger mechanisms that lead to binge or problem drinking, and reduce the negative academic and social impact to the individuals and the campus.

Domestic violence

Violence at home is a great concern of the UAF Police Department. Ending the silence of victims and raising awareness of the community to confront and effectively reduce domestic conflict before it escalates into violence and abuse is the primary concern of this program.

Targeted audience- Family housing The nature of this type of crime requires tailored education, meeting and materials based on the audience. Referrals to outside agency’s with strong support from the Police department mean using a variety of methods to provide information.

Goal of the program- The awareness of the dynamics of domestic disturbances and assault is the first step in the creation of a family safe campus and living environment. The zero tolerance of violence of this nature on campus will be a standard that is shared by all.

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention

Awareness of the possibilities of sexual assault on campus- particularly focusing on ‘acquaintance rape’ scenarios and methods to avoid/prevent such occurrences.

Targeted audience- Community

Multimedia presentations, role playing activities, posters and pamphlets explaining the rate and nature of sexual assaults. Goal of the program– The raising of awareness as to what ‘date rape’ is, how to identify dangerous situations, and steps that can be taken to protect against sexual assault. Active feedback to Police Department from the community will help better provide security and resource use to protect the campus and provide maximum prevention of this crime.

Sexual Assault Reporting and Support   

UAF Title IX Reporting

Theft Prevention Program

This program will empower staff and students to actively take steps that will prevent personal and University property theft.

Targeted audience- All University staff, faculty and students

Goal of the program– The reduction to loss of University property and personal items will benefit the UPD, campus departments, and individuals on campus Security Audits will be re-established on a formalized posted web calendar. Each building will have a baseline on-site security review completed twice a year and the head of the department will receive a written report with specific recommendations for improvement to reduce personal and University risk of theft. Random ‘spot’ checks will be performed with ‘Red Cards’ (warning cards) given for potential areas of theft. The result is to produce a campus-wide awareness of high risk areas and to mitigate through simple behavior changes the risk of theft. Areas that show great improvement or high participation in prevention activities will be rewarded. The desire is to get greater backing from individual units for enforcing recommended changes. Program Contact Chief Goetz at 907-474-7721.

Workplace Violence

Workplace safety throughout the UAF campus is the single prime concern of the Police Department. This program offers employees and students the ability to detect signs and symptoms of potentially explosive situations before they occur and gives specific contacts if they suspect or encounter any dangerous progression or violent behavior on campus.

Targeted audience- Entire campus. In-depth department training offered to educate employees and supervisors on the signs and symptoms leading to violent behavior and what to do if it occurs. Check-lists and constant reinforcement of situational awareness will be made available through posters and web based reminders. Follow-up with conflict and anger management referrals through Human Resources will be available. Contact numbers will be posted in every department.

Goal of the program–Prevention of Work Place violence before it even occurs is the goal through educating the entire campus as to the warning signs and indicators that generally appear prior to any incident. Working closely with Human Resources to prevent, and if necessary, to deal with violent behavior will lead to the safest working and learning environment for our community.

Drug Information

The University Police Department allows for citizens to report drug-related activity anonymously. However, it is generally preferred that the identity of the caller be given. This will assist officers if arrests are made and testimony in court is required. If a citizen requests anonymity for fear of retaliation or any other reasons, officers will conduct their investigation without the identity of the complainant. A citizen who has a friend or relative they suspect of drug-related activity contact us with pertinent information. It is not necessary for officers to know the identity of the complainant. If the identity is divulged, at the request of the complainant, this information will be kept confidential.

Information on Specific Drugs: The Partnership for a Drug-Free America web site offers information about various kinds of drugs, their addictions, symptoms and effects on mental and physical well being. The site also offers suggestions on how parents should talk with kids about drugs. To get information about some of the specific drugs, click on the name listed below:

Herbal Ecstasy
Steroids Anabolic

Emergency Phones

All house phones and pay phones have 911 access. Emergency phones are marked with BLUE LIGHTS at the following sites:(see UAF Campus Map)

  • Administrative Services Center
  • Arctic Health Research Building
  • Ballaine Parking Lot
  • Bunnell Building
  • Butrovich Building
  • Chapman Building
  • Cutler Apartment Complex lot
  • Haida Parking Lot
  • Harwood Hall
  • Health, Safety and Security Building (telephone and intercom located at the front door to the police department)
  • Hess Village Recreation Center
  • International Arctic Research Center
  • Upper Moore Parking Lot
  • Moore-Bartlett-Skarland Complex
  • Museum
  • Natural Sciences Facility
  • O'Neill Building
  • Patty Center Parking Lot
  • Rasmuson Library
  • Stevens Hall
  • Student Recreation Center/Ski Hill
  • Old University Park parking lot (2 locations)