Safety

911 Emergency

Should a life-threatening event occur, call 911 for immediate assistance. 911 can be dialed from any phone, anywhere in the U.S. The dispatcher will order the appropriate responders. Call (352) 392-1111 for UF Police. Their office is located at Building 51 on Museum Road.

Police

Police officers in the United States are here to protect people, prevent crime, and assist individuals when needed. They are approachable and if a situation should arise do not hesitate to ask an officer for help.

Unfortunately, students may become the victim of violence, theft, and other crimes. To prevent students from becoming victims, we want to be sure all students are familiar with ways that they can protect themselves. The Community Services Division of the University Police Department provides prevention programs and also offers services to ensure students safety.

Blue Phones

Several Blue Phones have been installed on campus for your personal safety and security. If you are in danger or are in need of University Police, simply press the call button located on the pillar. Once activated, you will be directly connected to police dispatch and they will know your location so officers can be dispatched to provide you with assistance.
The blue phones are located in all parking areas including campus lots and garages, in the vicinity of all on-campus residence halls, and near most academic buildings.

Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP)

SNAP provides nightly escorts anywhere on campus to persons on request. The service is staffed by students equipped and supervised by the university police department.

An escort may be requested by calling 392-SNAP (7627). Your call will be received by the SNAP dispatcher who will ask for your first name, location and destination. The dispatcher will route the nearest escort to you or provide the location and time of the next SNAP express stop at your location.

Hours of operation
Fall and Spring Semesters:
Summer Semester:
6:30 PM to 2:00 AM
8:30 PM to 2:00 AM

Personal Safety

Personal safety entails making the wisest preventative choice. Making these decisions will in turn reduce the opportunity for you to become a victim.

  • Use SNAP if you are on campus alone at night.
  • Do not jog alone at night.
  • When studying in the library, never leave your belongings unattended.
  • Do not hitchhike or pick up hitchhikers.
  • Do not carry a large amount of cash or other valuables. You can open a bank account and use a debit card.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. Your mind can process information quicker than you can recognize so if you have the slightest feeling that something is not right with a situation; trust your instinct.

Home Safety

  • Lock all doors and windows when you leave your home or apartment.
  • Never leave a spare key out-side the entry door, as experienced burglars know how to look for hidden keys.
  • Never open the door for someone you do not know. There are cases of strangers posing as a salesman in order to get inside a home or apartment.
  • Ask your landlord if the locks to your apartment are re-keyed before you move in.

Alcohol

The city of Gainesville, the state of Florida and the United States have several laws regarding alcohol that you must be aware of if you plan to consume alcohol:

  • It is illegal to have an open alcoholic beverage in a public space including a car.
  • Bars and clubs close at 2am and you must leave the establishment upon closing.
  • It is illegal to purchase, possess or consume alcohol if you are under the age of 21.

For your safety:

  • Never leave your drink unattended. Be smart and aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not drink excessively.
  • Do not accept a drink from a stranger.
  • Always go out in a group and with people you trust.

Bicycle Registration

We highly encourage students to register their bicycles with the University Police Department. It is recommended that you purchase a "U-shaped" lock because it makes bicycle theft more challenging. We strongly encourage you to keep your bicycle locked at all times you are not using it.