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Safety and Security

The safety and security of our residents is a maintained by efforts of the University staff with the cooperation of everyone living in the residence halls. Prior to moving onto campus, all new residents are required to complete the Wildcat Safety program. This program informs residents about a variety of topics including Northwestern's residential security system, fire safety, and personal safety tips. Information about this program is emailed to all residential students at the beginning of the school year.


Additionally, Northwestern University provides many additional resources designed to promote the safety and security of everyone on campus:

Blue Light Phones

University Blue Light emergency phones are located throughout both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Northwestern offers an interactive campus map, which indicates the location of all Blue Light phones with a symbol of the letter "P" inside a circle.

Community Service Officers (CSOs)

Our residential security program includes a combination of overnight lobby staffing by a team of Community Service Officers (CSOs) and/or Security Officers, video surveillance of residence hall lobbies and some unalarmed secondary doors, and alarms on secondary doors without video cameras. CSOs, a part of the University Police staff, are stationed at posts inside the majority of the residence halls.

Residence Hall Staff

Every residence hall has Resident Assistants (RAs) who are supervised by a Residence Director (RD). RAs are students who live in the community that act as a resource for the students on their floor or in their area of the building.  RDs are full-time, live-in professionals. RAs and RDs are responsible for creating community, providing support, and engaging their residents. They are also trained to handle any issues that may arise while living on campus. If you need advice or just someone to listen, you can turn to your RA or RD.

SafeRide
The SafeRide website  provides a description of services and detailed pick-up location information (look for the location closest to your residential area) in both list and map formats. SafeRide also employs many student drivers and dispatchers.
Bike Registration
Register your bicycle online with University Police.
NU Shuttle System
Northwestern has an extensive shuttle system that provides free transportation around the Evanston campus and between the Chicago and Evanston campuses. 
University Police
The University Police website has valuable information including campus crime statistics, how to register for free personal safety courses, and other services provided by the police department. It also provides an extensive list of safety and security tips.