Safety and Wellness Resources
Texas Parents: Parents learn about everything their college student forgets to tell them. Also offers information on how to get involved in university activities.
Help for Parents: The UT Counseling and Mental Health Center gives parents coping strategies for feeling sad or worried about a child going off to college.
Dean of Students: Student Emergency Services can help parents with the following concerns:
- What do I do if I cannot contact my student?
- What do I do if my student is seriously ill or injured?
- What do I do if there is a death in the family?
For Parents and Students:
- The University of Texas at Austin is now a smoke-free campus. The tobacco-free campus policy prohibits use of any tobacco products in university buildings and on university grounds, including parking areas, sidewalks, walkways, attached parking structures and university owned buildings. Tobacco/Smoking cessation resources.
- All incoming students under the age of 21 are required to complete AlcoholEdu offered through University Health Services. AlcoholEdu also offers a course and resources for parents.
- The office of Campus Safety and Security ensures safety on campus by overseeing Emergency Preparedness, Enviornmental Health and Safety, Fire Prevention Services, Parking and Transportion and the University of Texas at Austin Police Department. Recent campus crime statistics are available too.
- Emergency Information provides up-to-date information about campus alerts, closures and openings during emergencies or unfavorable weather situations.
- Campus Watch bulletin present selected informaiton about recent crimes reported to or observed by UTPD. Anyone can subscribe to Campus Watch to receive daily reports by email. Sign up for Campus Watch.
- Services for Students with Disabilities: Based on the philosophy that all students should be assured equal access and opportunity, Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) works to eliminate physical, instructional and attitudinal barriers by providing reasonable accommodations and fostering awareness within the University community. SSD works with students with hearing disabilities, visual disabilities, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, mobility disabilities, psychological disabilities, medical disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, temporary disabilities, and Traumatic Brain Injuries. SSD determines eligibility and helps implement reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students who need to register with SSD should call 512-471-6259 or go in person to the Student Services Building, Suite 4.206, and ask to make an initial intake appointment with a Student Affairs Administrator.
- Be Safe: A safety guide with tips for daily safe living off-campus (but good tips for safe living anywhere).
- S.U.R.E. Walk: UT student volunteers escort students to cars or buildings Mondays through Thursdays from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM. 512-232-9255 Program the number into your cell phone.
- BCAL: Behavior Concerns Advice Line. This is a 24-hour hotline which provides University of Texas at Austin faculty, students and staff an opportunity to discuss their concerns about another individual’s behavior. 512-232-5050
- If callers choose to remain anonymous, they may do so.
- Cases that present an immediate threat to self, others or property should be considered an emergency and should be directed to the University of Texas Police Department (UTPD) by calling 911.
- Safety Protocol: Covers the signs of a disruptive or distrubed persona and what to do if a person is agressive or is armed.
- UT Emergency Preparedness: Students may also sign up to receive text alerts at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/csas/text/main/
- Rape Agression Defense: UT offers feee courses to teach women self-defense techniques to use against attackers. This system is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevent and risk reduction, and incorporates hands-on defense training. UTPD offers this free class regularly, and female students can simply sign-up online.
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