Saint Louis University

Safety at SLU

Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
(314) 977-3000
Wool Center, Room 114

As in any big city, certain precautions should be taken to ensure personal safety. The following recommendations are general and certainly not comprehensive:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to suspicious-looking persons or activities by constantly scanning the area around you.
  • If you must park off campus, choose a well-lit and populated area to leave your vehicle. Check the area out when returning to your car; look in and around your car before entering it.
  • Walk with other people -- especially at night or in an unfamiliar area.
  • Always lock the door when leaving your room or apartment. Don't allow strangers to enter, and always ask for identification of service workers before allowing them inside.
  • Never leave books, purses, backpacks, com­puters, or other personal items unattended in the library, study hall, restaurants, or other public places.
  • If you are confronted, try to get a good description of the individual(s), a description of the vehicle -- if one is used as a getaway -- and license plate number if possible.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, and return to a safe place if something doesn't look right.
  • Park your vehicle on Saint Louis University parking lots or garages.
  • At night on campus, use the SLU RIDE program.  Call (314) 977-RIDE.
  • Have emergency numbers available to contact help (911).
  • Immediately report any crime or suspicious activity to DPS at (314) 977-3000.

Safety Escorts - (314) 977-RIDE
Always request a safety escort when walking on campus at night: (314) 977-RIDE

The department of public safety provides free safety escorts for students, faculty, staff, and visitors who want to be accompanied to cars, other buildings, or across campus. A walking escort or SLU RIDE vehicle will be sent to meet you, depending on availability, weather conditions, the time of day, and your location.

To request a safety escort, call (314) 977-RIDE and provide the following information: your name, phone number, location, destination, and the number of riders. Be prepared to show your SLU ID when the escort arrives.

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