In the coming days, hundreds of dedicated University personnel will work around the clock to ensure that we are doing everything we can to keep our students, faculty, staff and patients secure.

The University is not undertaking these special efforts because we expect issues to occur on or near our campus. In fact, there is no indication that SLU will be the site of any unrest. But we take seriously our responsibility to be prepared for any eventuality.

University's Status

At this time, the University plans to operate normally, but with a heightened sense of vigilance. And we have well planned protocols in place should the situation around campus change.

In keeping with best practices in such circumstances, we are convening a team of senior leaders, including the president, who will monitor the situation around the clock. The team will make decisions regarding classes, campus access and other matters only as necessary.

Increased Security

Starting this week, our Department of Public Safety will bring in additional shifts of officers to patrol our campus. The department also will remain in constant contact with local law enforcement officials, who will continue to provide us with regular updates and briefings.

To keep you informed we will be communicating regularly via:

  • Email
  • Social media (Twitter and Facebook)
  • Web (
  • Students, faculty and staff can call the SLU Snow Line (314-977-7669) for updates on our operating status.

Any SLU student who is considering joining outside protests should read the recent message from Dr. Kent Porterfield, vice president for student development.

All SLU students are urged to keep in contact with their families. They will appreciate hearing regularly from you.

There will be extensive media coverage of the grand jury decision and public reaction to it. As you watch and read these reports, please remember that St. Louis is a large metropolitan area, and a protest in one part of the region does not necessarily impact other areas.

You can always view what's happening on our campus 24 hours a day at

Information on the University Safe Space may be found here.


  • For students residing on campus: Residence hall staff, including your Resident Assistant and Residence Hall Coordinator
  • Emotional support: University Counseling Center, 314-977-8255
  • Spiritual support: Campus Ministry, 314-977-2425
  • To report an emergency: Department of Public Safety, 314-977-3000


About This Page

Formerly, this site contains information about opportunities for dialogue and discussions of safety that have grown out of the demonstration on Saint Louis University's campus that ended peacefully Oct. 18.

Regular updates can also be found on the University's Facebook and Twitter pages.

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