UI Police provide 24/7 law enforcement services. Our officers are state-certified, and enforce state, local, and federal laws. UI Police respond to all calls for service and investigate all criminal incidents that occur on university property.
UI Police Officers are typically the first to respond to an emergency on campus, as they respond directly to calls that are dispatched from our campus Emergency Communications Center.
Our officers undergo extensive training that exceeds standards set by the state of Iowa to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to the variety of situations that can occur on a college campus.
Security Services employs both full-time security officers and part-time student security officers who conduct regular patrols of campus to deter crime and identify potential security threats. They also monitor security cameras and other safety systems to detect suspicious behavior and respond to incidents quickly.
Security Services operates essential campus safety services including Nite Ride, Lost and Found, and Fingerprint Services. Security Officers also assist with building unlocks, fire watch patrols, student life compliance checks, and other campus safety needs.
Emergency Management works to ensure the university can preserve its mission of teaching, research and learning when it is impacted by a major emergency or disaster by developing and implementing comprehensive emergency management plans and procedures that address potential hazards and threats to the university.
Emergency Management works closely with other departments and stakeholders across the university to identify and mitigate risks, prepare for emergencies, respond to incidents, and recover from disasters. This may include developing emergency response plans, conducting training and drills, establishing communication systems, coordinating with external agencies, and providing support and resources to affected individuals and communities.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) is a federal law requiring all institutions of higher education participating in the federal student financial aid program report campus crime data, support victims of violence, and publicly outline the policies and procedures they have put into place to improve campus safety.
The Office of Clery Compliance is responsible for coordinating Clery compliance efforts on campus.
The Threat Assessment Team (TAT) supports campus safety by assessing, monitoring, and providing support for people exhibiting unusual distress, fixated grievances, or troubling behaviors.
This multi-disciplinary team includes people with backgrounds in human resources, student life, health care, and law enforcement. Their varied perspectives allow them to identify and monitor potential safety threats and intervene with supportive campus resources to maintain campus safety.
The Threat Assessment Team is not a 24/7 service.
Security Engineering Services supports campus safety by managing access to university buildings, alarm monitoring systems, and campus security cameras. These services are crucial to maintaining a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, and staff.
The Fire Safety unit plays a critical role in supporting campus safety by making sure the community is well-prepared to prevent and respond to fires, and that all fire safety regulations are being met.
This work includes ensuring all campus buildings comply with state, local, and federal regulations and conducting fire safety inspections with state and local fire officials to identify potential fire hazards and ensure that fire safety equipment is in good working condition. Fire Safety also provides fire and life safety training courses to campus and assists departments across the university with formulating building-specific fire prevention and response plans.
Fire Safety also coordinates the installation and maintenance of the campus AED system and Stop the Bleed kits.
Emergency Communications includes a team of emergency dispatchers who promptly respond to emergency calls and dispatch the appropriate personnel to the location. They are responsible for quickly assessing the situation, gathering critical information, and relaying it to the appropriate first responders such as police officers, firefighters, and medical personnel.
Dispatchers also provide crucial support to those in distress by remaining on the line and providing instructions on how to stay safe until help arrives.
This team also supports other campus operations including dispatching maintenance workers for facilities issues that occur after hours, monitoring campus alarms, issuing Hawk Alerts, and responding to Rave Guardian requests.
Campus Safety Resources
This guide is a resource to help every Hawkeye — students, faculty, and staff — feel knowledgeable of the safety and support services available on campus.