New to Nebraska

There is no place like Nebraska..

is something you will hear often. Our department is here to help you discover that it is truly great to be a Husker!

Questions or assistance, contact us unl.police@unl.edu, 402-472-2222


Access to Campus Facilities

Students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors at the University of Nebraska have access to facilities on campus at appropriate times. Access to some facilities is restricted to selected students, faculty members, or staff members. For example, certain classroom facilities are open only to students, faculty members, and staff members involved with classes taught there or in the operation of those facilities.

Other facilities are open to all students, faculty members, staff members, and the general public. An example of this type of facility would be the Nebraska Union dining facilities during normal business hours.

Residential Information

During your stay at Nebraska, there are a number of residential options available to you. Approved residential units include University residence halls and recognized fraternities and sororities. The University of Nebraska owns campus residential properties that provide single sex and coed residence halls, family student housing, a limited number of Greek units, and visitor accommodations. The University does not provide supervision for off-campus housing. Please visit University Housing website for more on-campus residential housing information.

Residence Halls: What to know before settling in.
Exterior of the Rober E. Knolls Housing

The residence halls accommodate three living options: halls for women, halls for men, and coeducational facilities. The visitation hours of each housing unit are determined by the residents, within the guidelines established for Nebraska. All freshman students under the age of 19 on the first day of classes, are required to live in one of the approved housing units during the academic year unless living at home or with a family member.

Professional residence directors and resident assistants are members of the University Housing staff who live in the residence halls and are on call 24 hours a day. As part of their responsibility for residence hall security, these staff members attend lectures and seminars on the safety and security of the campus conducted by University administrators, police officers, and environmental health and safety officers.

Community Service Officers (CSOs) are assigned to the residence halls during the evening hours and patrol the buildings and surrounding areas throughout the night hours. As members of the University Police staff, Community Service Officers undergo training in enforcing residence hall security policies and are in immediate radio contact with University Police officers.

A blue emergency phone in front of the City Union
CSO on duty checking in at a residential hall front desk.
Hours and Access Information

All residence hall doors are locked each night from 12 midnight to 6:30 a.m. To enter a residence hall, residents must be verified by electronic scanning of the student I.D. card. A visitors sign-in policy at the main desk is enforced. Both on-campus and off-campus visitors to residence halls must be escorted through the residence hall by a resident. Overnight guests in the residence halls may only be members of the same sex. All windows have locking devices and securely attached screens. Outward viewing door viewers are installed in residence hall student rooms. Special security procedures are in effect for students during low occupancy periods. During major holidays and vacations, for example, students remaining on campus are assigned to only four units; the other halls are closed. Violations of the hall security policies and procedures, including tampering with fire safety equipment or failure to comply with fire alarm evacuation protocol, may result in severe disciplinary sanctions.

Greek Life: Fraternities and Sororities
Greek life members in the Union

Fraternities for men and sororities for women provide an alternative on-campus housing option for students. Greek living units are privately owned and maintained by a local alumni corporation board or their national headquarters. However, fraternity and sorority chapters can request University recognition as an approved housing unit on an annual basis. Chapters seeking University-approved housing status must agree to enforce all University regulations and policies of the University of Nebraska which pertain to University-approved housing units. Additionally, each chapter must employ a live-in house director, sometimes referred to as a house mother.

The University expects Greek chapters to provide safe, secure living environments for their members. This includes maintaining appropriate security and fire safety systems in each Greek housing unit. A private security company provides twice weekly safety checks of Greek living units and fire safety inspections are scheduled on a regular basis to ensure chapter houses are in compliance with all city fire safety regulations. Educational sessions on security and fire safety issues are provided by staff members of the Office of Greek Affairs, University Police, Lincoln Fire and Rescue, National Headquarters staff, and community resources.

Greek living units have access to both the University Police and the Lincoln Police Departments.

Family and Guest Housing
family and guest housing options

The University also offers guest apartments and has 152 family housing apartment units for rent. Security is provided by University Police patrols. Security information is distributed to tenants by University Housing and University Police personnel.

Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, and Weapons

Students having a safe and responsible evening downtown

The legal drinking age limit in the state of Nebraska is 21. Nebraska has a drug and alcohol-free policy put forth by the Board of Regents (RP-2.1.5) and the university. What this means is that no student or employee can possess, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drug on campus.

The University also has a tobacco-free campus policy in place. No tobacco products may be used in facilities or vehicles of the University of Nebraska. This includes electronic cigarettes or other forms of electronic smoking. Use of tobacco products on the grounds of any Nebraska site is allowed as long as such use is not within 10 feet of any building perimeter. Certain buildings have an extended proximity of 25-feet limit. Please refer to the Tobacco Free Campus Policy for further information.

Possession of dangerous weapons - concealed or unconcealed - on University property, on the work-site, in University vehicles, or in personal vehicles when on University property shall be a violation of Nebraska's Weapons Policy and the Board of Regents policy (RP-6.4.8). A dangerous weapon shall include guns, knives, explosives, or any other device defined by statute or as determined by the University, which in the manner used or intended is capable of producing death, harm to person or property, or bodily injury. Violation of this policy shall make the offender subject to appropriate disciplinary or legal action. University Police provides free weapon locker storage for individuals on campus. Please contact us anytime regarding weapon storage.

If you are staying in a residential hall, please refer to University Housing's Residence Life page regarding your stay on-campus which can be found here. If you have an addiction problem and need to talk to someone or a group, please visit this helpful University Health Center page.

Severe Weather

Students walking to class in a snow

As many residents will tell you, the weather in Nebraska may change several times a day! We get to experience all four seasons and temperatures can range from 100+ degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer to -10 degrees Fahrenheit in the Winter. It's all part of the Husker experience.

With that in mind, all of our residents should be aware that Nebraska may have severe weather situations occur such as a tornado, blizzard, or flash flood. One of the many ways you may prepare for these situations is to sign-up for UNL Alerts. Alerts will be sent out when the threat of severe weather is near. In the meantime, please visit our Severe Weather and Tornado Warnings page.

Driving in Nebraska

student driving a car

We are frequently asked if an international driver's license may be used to operate a vehicle. An international driver's license will allow you to operate a vehicle up to 30 days. All international students who wish to operate a motor vehicle for a longer period must go to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles to obtain a Nebraska Driver's License. A written test along with a driving test will be required to obtain a new license. The driving (or road test) will be waived if have a license from Canada, Germany, Mexico, or any U.S. territory. More information may be found by visiting the Nebraska DMV website.

One of the best ways to enjoy life as a Husker is be able to do just that! Enjoy life! Our department is dedicated to crime prevention safety so that all you need to do is worry about learning our fight song!

Police Emergency

student signing up for unlalerts

One of the best ways to get critical information delivered to you in real time is to sign up for UNL Alerts here. Notifications of areas to avoid will be delivered to your devices by text or email to ensure your personal safety.

If you witness a crime in progress or suspicious activity, please notify us immediately by dialing the following numbers. It is also good practice to have the numbers saved to your phone contact list.

For other campus safety information, please head over to our Campus Policies and Personal Safety page under our Students Section.

Missing Students

It is always important to look out for one another in the campus community. If you have suspicions or confirmation that another person, could be your roommate or friend, is missing please immediately contact the University Police Department.

Persons who suspect or confirm a student missing who resides in campus residential facilities may also immediately notify the Residence Hall Director or other residence hall staff, in addition to University Police.

Medical Emergency

Image of med center

Becoming a Husker can be a very exciting experience, but you should also be mindful of your wellness. In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911.

The University Health Center on 1500 U Street can provide immediate medical attention in a non-emergency situation during university business hours. They are also a good resource on how to take care of your health during your stay in Nebraska. To reach them, call 402-472-5000 or visit the Triage Center at the University Health Center during University Health Center hours. The nurse and/or medical staff will determine the student's medical needs and provide minor urgent medical care or call emergency personnel for transport to a local hospital.

When the University Health Center is closed, contact a Health Aide in the residence halls or Greek houses or call Telephone-Line-To-Care (402-219-8050) or Bryan LGH West Minor Emergency (402-475-1011).

Below are some medical service provider resources in Lincoln that you can utilize:

Name Address Phone
University Health Center 1500 U Street 402-472-5000
Telephone-Line-To-Care (Telephone Advice Only) NA 402-219-8050
Linc-Care
  • North Location:27th & Cornhusker Hwy
  • South Location:40th & Old Cheney
Bryan LGH West Minor Emergency 2300 S. 16th Street 402-475-1011

Name Address Phone
Bryan LGH West 2300 S. 16th Street 402-481-5142
Bryan LGH East 1600 S. 48th Street 402-481-3142
St. Elizabeth's Health Center 555 S. 70th Street 402-481-7142

The following list of University offices and non-University agencies have specially trained staff available to provide appropriate assistance to victims of criminal actions.

Name Phone
University Housing (24/7) Contact Residence Director
Student Judicial Affairs 402-472-2021
Greek Affairs 402-472-2582
Women's Center 402-472-2597
Office of Victim Assistance (24/7) 402-472-0203

Name Phone
Voices of Hope 402-476-2110 402-475-7273
Association of Campus Religious Workers Denomination phone numbers are available in all university and city directories.