Emergency Information & Campus Safety
As your child moves around campus taking full advantage of the UCLA experience, it is important for us to create a safe environment for our community. Situated among some of the most well-kept neighborhoods of Los Angeles, we are one of the safest large, public campuses in the country. We encourage an environment that fosters exchange of ideas and opinions without fear of harm or disregard for fellow Bruins – this type of exchange allows for us to grow in our understanding of differing opinions and views and hopefully grow in appreciation and respect for others.
However, we are indeed part of a large urban community and a public campus. Individuals must do their part, in partnership with our campus, to keep themselves safe.
Safety at UCLA
The University of California Police Department (UCPD), located on campus on Westwood Boulevard, is responsible for maintaining campus safety. The department:
- Employs over 60 sworn officers, 45 civilians and 130 students to help maintain a safe environment for the community
- Offers escort services in the evenings to walk students from late classes, events or study sessions to their residence halls
- Assists with various other safety-related concerns, including crime reporting and prevention and lost & found.
Click here for a letter from Chief of Police James D. Herren.
Safety tips for your Bruin
- When on campus, in the case of an emergency, students should dial (310) 825-1491. We recommend that all students have this number programmed into their phones.
- When working late on campus, students should call the Escort Service at (310) 794-WALK 15 minutes before they plan to leave their current location.
- The Evening Van Service provides a safe means of transportation around campus during the evening hours: (310) 825-9800.
UCPD offers an extensive list of tips for students in various situations, including in the residence halls, in parking lots and structures, in libraries and at night.
For students living on-campus, the Office of Residential Life also offers tips and information about safety in the residence halls.
In the case of a major campus emergency or crisis, UCLA websites, including this one, will feature links to all relevant information.
Additionally, streamlining communication for potential campus emergencies and emergency preparedness, the UCLA Emergency Management Office (EMO) posts the most current information online via their website, Facebook and Twitter.
A campuswide warning and notification system, UCLA uses BruinAlert to communicate official information during emergency or crisis situations that disrupt normal operation of the UCLA campus or threaten the health or safety of members of the campus community.
UCLA students with current email addresses in the URSA student database have been automatically enrolled in BruinAlert to receive email alerts. Text message alerts are also available to those students who sign up online.
Can I sign up for BruinAlert?
Unfortunately BruinAlert is currently available only to students, faculty and staff. There are plans to expand BruinAlert to include parents and other third party designees, but a specific time frame has not yet been determined.
Emergency tips for you and your Bruin
- Stay aware of all emergency notification and information channels (communication and advisory resources, listed here).
- Talk to your Bruin about common Southern California natural disasters, including earthquakes and wildfires.
- Students should be familiar with all emergency exits at their place of residence and keep an emergency kit including an emergency radio, flashlight and water.
- Discuss a plan for reuniting or contact after a potential on-campus or local emergency.
- Read the EMO’s page on individual emergency readiness.