on campus: 314-935-5555 off campus emergency: 911

Personal Safety

Ensuring your safety is our top priority. Though WashU maintains a relatively safe campus, it is ultimately up to you to protect yourself.

Self-defense programs

We offer several self-defense programs including the nationally recognized RAD self-defense program for both men and women.


Bear Patrol

Student Bear Patrol members are eyes and ears for the Danforth Campus and provide walking and golf cart escorts on campus to fellow students, faculty and staff. Request an escort between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. by calling 314-935-5555.


WASHU Safe App

WashU Safe was developed by WashU public safety departments and the Office of Operations and Technology Transfer, with software assistance from AppArmor Mobile. Using the latest mobile technologies, this FREE app offers updated features to address and promote student, faculty and staff safety on campus, including important safety alerts and access to campus safety resources.

Enhanced Features Include:

  • Friend Walk
  • Mobile Blue Light
  • Safety Notifications

Download in the Apple or Android App stores


Whistle Program

We offer free metal whistles, embossed with the WU logo, to students, staff and faculty for personal safety. Pick yours up at the WUPD office on the South Forty.

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