Crime Prevention & Safety

Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990

The University of Nebraska is comprised of four major administrative units: the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) is a community of approximately 23,000 students, employing approximately 6,800 faculty and staff members. UNL has research, extension, and teaching facilities located throughout the State. UNL's main campus is located in the city of Lincoln, a community with a population of approximately 200,000. As part of that larger community, UNL shares many of the same interests and problems, including concerns about crime. Crime is a problem that ignores campus, city, and state boundaries and affects the entire nation.

Although UNL has been fortunate in not experiencing a significant number of crimes in the past, it would not be accurate to state that such incidents have not taken place. As is true in all areas of our society, such incidents have occurred. To control crime, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department along with all students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors are responsible for measures to insure the campus community and their possessions are protected as much as possible.

In addition to the links below, the University provides a Campus Safety & Fire Report available at police.unl.edu.

Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics

In accordance with the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990, 20 U.S.C. Section 1092, the University of Nebraska is providing crime statistics and policies concerning campus security to current students and staff members, and potential applicants for enrollment or employment. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln may also provide this information to the United States Department of Education. Crime statistics which reflect offenses reported to campus authorities during the three preceding calendar years are listed in University Police web site as follows:

Reporting Crimes or Other Emergencies

Timely notification about certain types of crime may affect the safety of others. In addition to the investigative uses, when a report is made, the information helps to keep the campus safe by providing the most accurate historical data on criminal activity to members of the campus community. Analysis of this activity through the Police Department’s use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allows University Police and other departments to identify areas in need of additional patrolling or security provisions, facilities or landscaping adjustments, or vehicle/pedestrian safety reviews. By reporting, you are helping make the campus a safer place and you assist UNLPD in maintaining accurate records of the incidence of crime on campus.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department (UNLPD) is the primary agency for reporting and investigating all crimes that occur on University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) property. Any instances of criminal or suspicious acts and emergencies occurring on the campus of UNL, including residence halls, should be reported to the UNLPD, regardless of how seemingly insignificant the crime.

UNLPD can be contacted by telephone, emergency phones, in person, by e-mail, or text messaging.

  • Phone: Contact UNLPD at 402-472-2222 (DIAL 2 for BLUE) or 2-2222 from a campus phone.
  • Text: Text messages can be sent to Police at 69050, keyword UNLPD.
  • Emergency: If it is an emergency simply dial 911. All law enforcement agencies in Lancaster County work from the same computer aided dispatch system. If dialing 911, the call will automatically be routed to the agency having primary jurisdiction for dispatching officers and other emergency services.
  • Emergency phones: Also called blue phones for their blue lights on top, are located across campus and can be used to report emergencies.
  • In person: Stop in the UNL Police Department, located on the southeast corner of 17th/R Street. If you see an UNLPD officer in a vehicle, on foot, bicycle or Segway, get their attention and they will assist you.

Institutional Response to Crime/Emergency Reporting

Officers will respond as quickly as possible to any request for assistance, whether it is an emergency or not. Response time is based on current activity load and the urgency of the call. Crimes in progress, life safety situations, and medical emergencies have a higher priority than other types of calls. A police officer will meet with you to gather information and prepare an official report. Investigations are typically handled by the responding patrol officer, although assistance can be provided by additional investigators. The original officer should recontact you to provide updates on your case. Feel free to contact the officer should you have questions or additional information about your case.

In all instances of criminal activity, UNLPD works to determine the exact nature and perpetrator(s) of the crime for the purposes of developing a viable case to be forwarded to either the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office or the City of Lincoln Attorney’s Office. All cases involving arrested students or when UNL students are found to be the responsible person are forwarded to the Dean of Students (Judicial Affairs) for adjudication through the campus disciplinary process. Statistics for cases forwarded to Student Affairs that are offenses pursuant to the Clery Act will appear in this report.

UNLPD maintains a close working relationship with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to include the Lincoln Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department, Nebraska State Patrol, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. UNLPD also has signed memorandums of understandings with the Lincoln Police Department, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department and the Nebraska State Patrol.

UNLPD also shares information with other police agencies nationwide through memberships in a wide network of organizations. This information sharing is used for criminal prosecutions and crime prevention techniques. Every month UNLPD reports its Uniform Crime Report to the Nebraska State Patrol for inclusion of crime statistics that is published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Access to Campus Facilities

Students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 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 at UNL 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 Housing Facilities

A unique feature of the University community is the presence of University owned and/or approved living units housing approximately 9,000 students.

Approved residential units include University residence halls and recognized fraternities and sororities. UNL 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.

Residence Halls

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 UNL. 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. To the extent possible, students are given the opportunity to select residence hall assignments and request changes in room or residence hall assignments.

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.

Additional security information is provided to residence hall students through printed materials, presentations, and programs delivered by University Housing and University Police personnel.

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.

Family/Guest Housing

The University also offers one guest apartment units and 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.

Fraternities and Sororities

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-Lincoln 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.

Law Enforcement on Campus

Campus safety and security are coordinated by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department (UNLPD), which has 31 armed officers, having full police and arrest powers. University Police officers enforce University regulations and laws of the State of Nebraska on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. These men and women complete courses of certification at the State Law Enforcement Training Center and are commissioned by the State of Nebraska as Special Deputy Sheriffs. They undergo continuous training to upgrade and maintain their professional skills as law enforcement officers. University Police officers conduct foot, bicycle, Segway, and motorized patrols of both Lincoln campuses, 24 hours a day, each day of the year. University Police also work closely with city, county, state, and federal authorities on law enforcement matters.

Students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors are encouraged to make prompt reports to the University Police. UNLPD will assist students who ask for help in notifying other appropriate authorities of offenses committed elsewhere.

University Police also employs full time Community Service Officers whose primary purpose is to provide security in the residence halls. The Community Service Officers are not armed and do not have arrest powers; however, they do undergo training in the areas of security, life safety, and the handling of situations with which they may be confronted. Community Service Officers are in constant radio contact with the University Police communications center.

Security concerns, such as broken windows, broken locks, or burned out lights which are found or observed by University Police Officers or Community Service Officers, are reported to the Facilities Management hotline, 472-1550, for appropriate corrective action.

Criminal Activity at Off-Campus Sites Involving Student Organizations

Student organizations with off-campus housing facilities are subject to the jurisdiction of the UNL Greek Affairs Office, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and University Police. Criminal activity at off-campus locations owned or controlled by University-recognized student organizations may be monitored and recorded by University Police and/or local law enforcement agencies having jurisdiction.

Alcohol and Drugs

A statement of UNL policy regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs, the enforcement of alcohol and illegal drug laws and regulations, and a description of any drug or alcohol abuse education programs available at UNL is set forth in the Drug-Free Campus Policy. University Police officers actively enforce the policy on campus. This policy is published in the Schedule of Classes. A copy of the policy is also available from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and the Human Resources Department.

University Police will provide crime prevention speakers to student and employee groups to provide information about campus security procedures and practices and to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Additionally, University Police has a full-time crime prevention officer who provides security surveys and customized presentations for student, faculty, or employee groups upon request. A wide range of personal safety presentations and classes are offered, and several security programs are in effect.

For a complete listing of the presentations available and other crime prevention information, contact the University Police Office, 472-2222. Campus visitors and prospective students may call toll free, 1-800-742-8800, and ask for University Police.

Emergency Phone Numbers

Police Emergency

Campus phone: 2-2222
Pay phone: 911
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln believes it is important that victims of criminal actions seek immediate assistance and appropriate medical attention when necessary.

Criminal actions, potential criminal actions, and other emergencies on campus should be reported immediately to University Police at 472-2222, 911 from any pay phone, or through the use of any of the emergency phones located around the campuses. Emergency phone locations are shown on the website versions of our campus maps.

Medical Emergency

In the case of a medical emergency that is life-threatening, call 911.

For immediate medical attention in a non-emergency situation, call or visit the Triage Center at the University Health Center (472-5000) 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 (219-8050) or Bryan LGH West Minor Emergency (475-1011).

Local Hospitals
Bryan LGH West
2300 S. 16th Street
481-5142
Bryan LGH East
1600 S. 48th Street
481-3142
St. Elizabeth's Health Center
555 S. 70th Street
486-7142
Non-emergency care
University Health Center 472-5000
Telephone-Line-To-Care (telephone advice) 219-8050
Linc-Care
Monday thru Saturday -- 9 am to 10 pm
Sunday -- Noon to 10 pm
North, 27th & Cornhusker Hwy, 466-6389
South, 40th & Old Cheney, 434-7383
Bryan LGH West Minor Emergency
11 am to 11 pm daily
2300 S. 16th Street, 475-1011


Other University Offices

The following list of University offices and non-University agencies have specially trained staff available to provide appropriate assistance to victims of criminal actions:
University Housing (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) Contact Residence Director
Student Judicial Affairs 472-2021
Greek Affairs 472-2582
Women's Center 472-2597
Office of Victim Assistance (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) 472-0203


Non-University Agencies

Voices of Hope Business phone 476-2110
(24-hours a day, 7 days a week) 24-hour crisis line 475-7273
Association of Campus Religious Workers Denomination phone numbers are available in all university and city directories.


Sex Offender Registry

Information regarding registered sex offenders can be found at: http://www.nsp.state.ne.us/sor/find.cfm

Notification of Missing Students

Persons who suspect or confirm another person to be missing should immediately contact their local 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.

University Police will immediately initiate an investigation which may include contacting campus acquaintances, friends, relatives, and if appropriate, a preliminary inspection of their residence hall room.

University Police or Residence Hall staff will gather as much information as possible from the reporting person(s) in order to appropriately identify the appropriate response to the situation. Information that should be gathered includes:

  • Details of why the person suspects or knows the individual is missing (may include changes to behavior, state of mind, known plans)
  • The last place and time the individual was seen and by whom
  • Contact information for the individual suspected to be missing (cell and other phone numbers, e-mail addresses, social networking names)
  • Contact information for friends who may know of their location
  • Contact information for the concerned individual(s) so they can be reached with additional questions or follow-up information
  • Other personal information including photograph, vehicle, employer and other activities the person may be engaged in.

It is preferred that the concerned individual will be able to talk directly to a University Police Officer.

Timely Warnings

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department shall provide timely warnings about reported crimes to the campus community, in a manner that will aid in the prevention of similar crimes if it is determined that an ongoing threat exists. Departmental supervisors shall review all reports taken by the department in a timely manner to determine any offenses that are subject to disclosure and represent an ongoing threat to faculty, staff, and students of the campus community. If it is determined that there is an ongoing threat, the supervisor, or their designee shall notify the University’s public information officer, or their designee who will send out a media release, mass e-mail, and/or do a web posting of the incident to help prevent similar crimes from happening.

Mass Notification and Evacuation Annual Tests

As part of UNL's ongoing emergency preparedness program, UNL has conducted tests of the UNL Alert Emergency Notification System times and has tracked success rates of sent alerts. The tests focused on the text messaging and e-mail capabilities of the system. Results of alerts typically show approximately 95% success rates. The redundancy of the system notifications is designed to increase the ability to successfully notify each member of our campus. More information about the UNL Alert Emergency Notification System, as well as registration instructions, can be found at emergency.unl.edu

UNL will also conduct evacuation drills of selected facilities on campus. Assessments and reviews of the drills will be conducted to enhance the campus response to emergencies.