Safety is a top priority at UAB. How can you (and your parents) tell? Well, first of all, we have an accredited police force that patrols the campus 24 hours a day. A supervisor and several officers from the UAB Police Department’s special Student Housing Police Precinct (yeah, we have our own precinct) routinely patrol the residence halls and parking areas on foot and on bicycle. Officers interact with students and conduct programs and activities to help residents prevent crime. All halls have front desks manned around the clock, and all guests must show a photo ID, sign in, and be escorted by a resident of the building before they can pass the front desk.
What if you’re out and about? Blazer Express, UAB's campus bus service, offers free transportation for students, employees, and authorized visitors along six routes - some of which run as late as midnight. Just show your One Card to ride. Late night, on-demand van service is also available Tuesday-Saturday from midnight to 5:30 a.m. through Blazer Express. And in case of an emergency, more than 400 Help Phones in buildings, parking lots, and many other locations (look for the blue light and the word HELP) put you directly in touch with the UAB Police. All phones are monitored 24 hours a day.
A note: Our campus really is a safe place to be. (We’ve got statistics.) But if you see anything suspicious or threatening, by all means contact UAB Police. Dial 911 from any campus phone, dial 934-3535 (HELP), or dial 934-4434.
Like all postsecondary institutions that receive Title IV funding (in other words, those that participate in federal student aid programs), UAB complies with the federal Clery Act. This means that, if they happen, we give timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. It also means we compile an annual “Crime (Clery) Report and Statistics” document for public review. You always can find our most recent version of this report at uab.edu/police.
The 2013 UAB Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available online. To access it, you may visit the UAB Police Department website and click on “2013 UAB Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (pdf),” or go directly to the report here. For a print copy of the report, call 205-934-4649. The report follows the guidelines mandated by federal law known as Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and contains the following information: reporting incidents; missing person procedures; campus safety alerts; emergency preparedness, response and evaluation procedures; crime statistics; fire safety report, etc.
UAB’s primary concern during any emergency or severe weather situation is the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The UAB Police Department follows a prescribed emergency plan and conducts frequent mock drills to practice and maintain their readiness and skill level to respond to all types of incidents. Some of these drills are conducted with the Birmingham Police Department and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, whose SWAT teams would assist if needed. And here’s something both cool and important: UAB’s police force of more than 70 sworn officer positions all have received National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) training, which is the federal standard for situations requiring incident command.
Registering for B-ALERT is something you’ll do after you receive an official BlazerID and are registering for classes. If you want to learn more before then, you can read more about the system at www.uab.edu/balert.