While UCF is continuing with remote instruction through the summer semester, we’re planning a phased-in approach for reopening. Following guidance from federal, state and local officials, we have charged various task forces with charting a path forward — prioritizing the health and safety of our students, employees and community. Learn more about UCF’s response to COVID-19.
The UCF Police Department currently employs more than 85 sworn law enforcement officers who provide police services on the main and regional campuses, as well as at several university-affiliated housing communities. Officers patrol the UCF campus 24/7, and the department’s communications center is also available around the clock via the non-emergency line, 407-823-5555, or by dialing 911 in an emergency.
The UCF Police Department is here to keep our community safe, and we believe in the power of transparency. Read more about UCF PD’s commitment to transparency.
Severe Weather Safety
Hurricane season is quickly approaching and we want Knights to be prepared. Learn about the essentials you should add to your hurricane kit, as well as how to get up-to-date information from university officials and the plans UCF has in place to keep the community safe.
Let’s Be Clear
Through Let’s Be Clear, UCF aims to increase disclosure of sexual and relationship violence. Anyone who wants to ask a question about sexual or relationship violence or disclose a related concern can call or text a victim advocate 24/7.
Prevention and Protection
Practicing good hygiene habits is important for promoting good health, especially during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and flu season. The campus community can help safeguard the health of others by following these suggestions from UCF Health.
Safety Resources at UCF
It’s hard to focus on learning if you don’t feel safe. At UCF, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority. Whether it’s your physical safety, mental health or personal well-being, we have you covered. Learn more:
UCF Police Department
Certified law enforcement officers patrol UCF’s campuses 24/7. Call 911 in an emergency or 407-823-5555 for non-emergencies. The department offers free safety resources for the UCF community, including self-defense classes for women, free property registration and safe exchange spots for e-commerce transactions
Emergency Blue Light Phones
Emergency phones with a blue light on top provide direct contact to a police dispatcher and can be found throughout the main campus, as well as the Downtown, Rosen and Health Sciences campuses. They’re in every level of every campus parking garage and on poles around the campuses. When you activate the red button on these phones, you’ll be connected with a UCF Police Department dispatcher and a police officer will respond as needed.
UCF Alert are emergency text messages, emails and other communications issued by campus safety officials. Alerts notify of an emergency – such as severe weather, criminal activity or an armed threat – and provide general instructions. Depending on the nature of the emergency, follow-up alerts will contain more detailed information. More updates will be shared on Twitter @UCF and @UCFPolice.
Update your contact information on myUCF via the student or employee self-service tab. Add a parent, spouse or other secondary contact’s email address so they will also receive updates.
UCF Knight Ride
Formerly known as SEPS, Knight Ride is a partnership between UCF SGA and UCFPD. Knights who need a safe nighttime transportation option can head to a designated Knight Ride stop and wait for the marked van to arrive. The Knight Ride van follows a similar route as the daytime Pegasus Express, with additional stops near Alafaya Trail and McCulloch Road, and makes a full loop around campus every 30 to 45 minutes, allowing riders to hop on or off along the way. The service is available every day from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. when classes are in session and for extended hours during exam periods. Those who need special accommodations or who would like a walking escort can call 407-823-2424 to reach a Knight Ride dispatcher during those hours.
Mental Health at UCF
Green Dot is a bystander intervention training program that trains UCF students, faculty and staff how to safely act when they see or experience interpersonal violence. Bystander intervention programming lets everyone know that violence is not tolerated at UCF. To sign up for training or learn more about the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hazing is an abuse of power and relationships for the purpose of demeaning others. Hazing has no place at UCF, and any acts of hazing by a student or student group will not be tolerated. Any organization or individual that is found responsible for hazing will be subject to sanctions, which may include suspension or removal from UCF. It is also important to remember that hazing is a felony and it may result in criminal charges. UCF provides resources to prevent and report hazing.
Department of Emergency Management
Department of Security
The Department of Security maintains UCF’s secure and open environment while balancing safety with individual rights. The department supports access control, camera systems and additional security planning and services.
Victims of crime, violence or abuse can contact a confidential victim advocate for support and advocacy, free of charge. Advocates will explain your options, assist you in whatever choices you make, and connect you to appropriate campus and community resources. Reach a victim advocate 24/7 by calling 407-823-1200 or texting 407-823-6868 to discuss what you’re experiencing.
The Integrity Line is a secure system to report suspected misconduct with complete anonymity. The system is administered by an independent third party, and the web portal never identifies a visitor and deletes the internet address so that anonymity is preserved. Callers are not traced or recorded. All reports are reviewed by the University Compliance, Ethics, and Risk Office and investigated as discreetly and promptly as possible. Reach IntegrityLine 24/7 at compliance.ucf.edu or 1-855-877-6049.
Student of Concern
Faculty and staff, fellow students, and others who are aware of a student experiencing challenges or difficulties that concerns them may report the individual to the university for connection with campus support resources. If a student is expressed threatening or intimidating behaviors, call UCF Police immediately at 911 in an emergency or 407-823-5555 for non-emergencies.
Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential benefit that offers the support and resources you need to address any personal challenges or concerns. The EAP provides in-person, telephone or video counseling with licensed professionals for grief, depression and other issues; support for issues such as adoption, childcare, eldercare, financial & legal issues, identity theft, and more; and expert negotiators who assist with lowering medical bills.
Safety at UCF Downtown
UCFPD’s footprint has expanded to a downtown substation located on West Amelia Street to best serve the members of our community at UCF Downtown. Uniformed officers patrol the campus 24/7, and campus safety features and public safety education initiatives mirror what’s available at the main campus.Learn more about safety at UCF Downtown
Campus Safety News
UCF Police Committed to Transparency, Change
The department outlines measures implemented recently to better protect and serve the community.
Armor Up with New Knights Face Coverings
Proceeds from the sales of the coverings, made by a former student’s apparel company, will also help Knights in financial need.