Safety and Security

Security Vest

UW-Platteville places the safety and well-being of students, employees, and the public at the top of its priorities. The campus is working to improve safety and emergency planning in the wake of the tragic events at universities around the country.


Prevention of violence is our first priority and our best chance for eliminating or minimizing risks to the safety of students, employees, and guests at UW-Platteville. Prevention includes observation, awareness, risk assessment, planning, and reporting.

  • In an emergency requiring immediate response from law enforcement, the fire department, or emergency medical services, call 911 if dialing from anywhere off campus or a cell phone. If dialing from a campus telephone, dial 9-911.

  • For urgent situations when you feel that immediate notification of UW-Platteville officials is required, contact University Police at 608.342.1584. This number is answered 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

In non-emergency situations, UW-Platteville uses a Behavior Review and Response Team when concerns are raised about the behavior of students and employees. You may reach the team by contacting the Dean of Students Office at 608.342.1089 during office hours or by e-mail at (Note this e-mail is not monitored 24 hours a day so for emergencies use 911 and for urgent situations contact University Police at 608.342.1584.)

Students, families, and employees should develop a plan for responding to emergency situations. See for information on developing a plan. Communications and meeting sites should be identified in advance. Cell phones may not be reliable during an emergency so plan on alternatives including land lines.


Intervention is the second step utilized by UW-Platteville to avert violence. UW-Platteville intervenes proactively when concerns are raised regarding students, employees, and visitors to campus. University Police are empowered to take individuals into custody if they are deemed to pose an immediate threat. Student Affairs is authorized to impose immediate suspensions if students engage in threatening behaviors and can remove students from residence halls. Mandatory evaluations and dismissals may be used.

The Behavior Review and Response Team will evaluate concerns regarding students and employees and identifies appropriate intervention steps. Concerns may be raised by team members, by students and employees through the Dean of Students, and by University Police.


University Police are responsible for responding to violence on campus. City of Platteville and Grant County law enforcement respond in support of University Police. UW-Platteville's Police Department are armed and trained as first-responders for a range of events, including acts of violence. The campus' emergency plan provides for mobilization of resources during and following incidents on campus.

In the event of an emergency, notification to the university community will be provided through a number of communication channels:

  1. Pioneer Alerts, the university's emergency text message system
  2. Announcements over each building's public address system
  3. Campus wide e-mail alerts
  4. The university's webpage
  5. The university's social networking platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter

For major events of a longer duration, ongoing updates will also be available at the following locations:

  1. Emergency postings on
  2. UW-Platteville Update Line - 608.342.7000

Directions will be provided based on the situation and information available. For hostile intruders, the following steps should be followed:

  • If the door opens in, close and barricade door by blocking it with a chair or a door wedge at base of door.
  • Shut off lights, move away from doors and windows.
  • Call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) if no warning has sounded in order to alert emergency response personnel.
  • Do NOT sound the fire alarm system. A fire alarm would cause people to evacuate, and possibly place them in a potentially harmful situation.
  • Keep the room secured and quiet, until emergency personnel give you additional instructions.
  • If an intruder is in the room with you, options to consider include:
    • Active resistance to the intruder
    • Trying to escape through other exits or past the intruder
    • Sheltering behind furniture
    • Dialog with the intruder

Note - in the situation of an intruder in the same room, these are options to consider but you have to decide on what actions to take.

When emergency response teams respond to situations such as a hostile intruder, they do not immediately know who the suspect is. For the safety of all, police will direct all individuals to the ground, to keep hands held up in the air, or possibly even begin to handcuff people.


Follow-up to an emergency on campus (or in the community) requires communications and support efforts. UW-Platteville will use and 608.342.7000 to post information following an emergency and, depending on the event, may use a call center to provide a single point of contact for family and others contacting the campus. The campus may be closed to the public immediately following an emergency. The web site will provide information on contacting the campus and where to go following an emergency, including information for families and others who choose to come to the area.

Additional Emergency Information can be found in our Emergency Procedures Handbook.

Presentation Materials

Police: Safe Walk

Safe Walk

Safe Walk escorts are provided 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

When available, University Resource Officers provide the Safe Walk service to students and staff.  When a University Resource Officer is unavailable, University Police Officers will provide the escort, if at all possible.  Persons requesting a Safe Walk escort may have to wait for a period of time, if there is no URO on duty and the on-duty officer is busy.

To request a Safe Walk escort, call the University Police at 608.342.1584.  After normal business hours, call the Platteville Police Department at 608.348.2313 or the University Police Department at 608.342.1584 (select option 2 from voicemail prompts) and tell the dispatcher you are requesting a Safe Walk escort.  University Police Personnel (a URO or an Officer) will meet you at your location and walk with you to your destination.  The starting and ending locations of the escort must be on or within 2 blocks of the UW-Platteville campus.

Police: Contact Information

Contact Information

Officer On Duty
24 Hours A Day

For Emergency Calls, dial 9-1-1.

For non-emergency calls, contact:

University Police Office
134 Brigham Hall
Tel: 608.342.1584
Fax: 608.342.1641

Office Hours:
Monday–Friday 7:45AM - 4:00PM, excluding holidays

After Hours

For after-hours non-emergency calls, contact:

University Police Office
Tel: 608.342.1584

Platteville Police Dispatch
Tel: 608.348.2313

For additional information and other after hours options, visit the University Police Contact Information page.

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