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Resources to help you stay safe on campus

Cyrus Norcross

A student pedals past an Emergency Blue Light Telephone located on the UA Campus on May 15, 2018. The tall, bright-blue telephones are meant to stand at a visible distance from each other around campus.  

The college experience looks different for everyone, but one thing that should be the same for every student is that they should feel safe when they are on campus.

Here are a number of tools provided on campus for students to use to ensure the safety of themselves and those around them.

UA Good Samaritan Protocol:

The Good Samaritan Protocol is an official University of Arizona policy which clearly states that students who ask for help when they or someone else is intoxicated will not be disciplined by the university.

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According to the Dean of Students website, “Students are expected to contact University of Arizona police or a Resident Assistant when they believe that assistance is needed for an intoxicated/impaired student.” 

Letting a highly intoxicated person “sleep it off” when they are not waking up is not an alternative to getting assistance.

In accordance to the policy, also known as the UAGoodSam Protocol, you should first call 911 if you are in a dangerous situation with someone who is intoxicated with alcohol. After calling 911, you should stay with the intoxicated individual until help arrives. Then give the first responders all the information you can, as it can help them assist the intoxicated individual.

UA officials will come to get the name of the intoxicated individual in case follow-ups are needed, but remember: If you called it in, you will be protected under the UAGoodSam Protocol.


SafeRide is a completely student-run program. The Associated Students of the University of Arizona, UA’s undergraduate student governance body, founded SafeRide in 1981 and has since provided safe and free car rides on campus to UA students and affiliates.

According to the ASUA SafeRide website, SafeRide’s mission is to give students access to safe transportation at night on campus and in the city of Tucson. With SafeRide, you don’t have to walk alone at night if are uncomfortable.

SafeRide operates at night, excluding Saturdays, within limited boundaries. For a full list of pick-up and drop-off locations, visit their website.

To contact SafeRide, you can call them on their number (520)621-7233 or download the LiveSafe or TapRide app.

Ways to Report a Crime:

According to the University of Arizona Police Department’s website, there are three ways to report crimes on campus.

If you have ever seen tall blue poles with dial pads and blue lights all around campus and have wondered what they are, those are the campus 911 Emergency Bluelight Phones.

The 911 Emergency Bluelight Phones can direct a user straight to the UAPD in a time of emergency to report a crime.

Another way to report crime on campus is through calling the organization 88-Crime. UAPD works closely with 88-Crime, a tip hot line, where you may be given a cash award if your tip was helpful in solving a case. The number for calling 88-Crime is (520)-882-7463.

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The third way to report a crime is through calling in to the UAPD’s own tip-line at (520) 621-8477. 

This should not be for emergency calls, as those should be sent to 911 through personal phones or the 911 Emergency Blue Light Phones, but rather for giving tips that could potentially help in solving a crime or investigation.

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