The University of Pittsburgh is committed to providing all students with a safe and secure living and learning environment. In keeping with this mission, the University of Pittsburgh Police Department is staffed with trained and dedicated officers working to keep our campus safe. There are more than 500 emergency phones across campus marked with blue lights for the purpose of visibility. University police undergo more than 800 initial hours of training for certification, as well as a minimum of 36 hours of annual in-service training. Entrances to all residence halls have security desks staffed by attendants controlling access 24 hours a day, seven days a week while school is in session.
But safety cannot be ensured by institutional commitment alone – students must also rely on common sense and avoid unsafe situations. Do not instigate fights, even if someone else initiates them. If someone harasses you or approaches you in a bullying way, do not respond. While all students deserve the right to stand up and stand out, your freedom should not come at the expense of your safety. If you are in a situation where you feel unsafe, contact the University Police at the number listed below.
The University encourages everyone in the Pitt community to report crimes and other emergencies promptly to the Pitt Police, or to other appropriate police agencies if off campus. If you or someone you know is the victim of a hate crime, it is important to notify the police immediately. You can do this by dialing 412-624-2121 or 4-2121 from a university phone.
The Pitt Police also offers a variety of safety services for personal safety that encompasses LGBTQIA+ students, including Sexual Assault Services and the Safe Rider program. For more information on safety services offered by the Pitt Police, visit the following link.
Please review the Student Conduct section if you are experiencing an issue with a peer or University affiliate.