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3 easy ways to help keep our campus community safe this fall

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Arden Barnes | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2023) — Here at the University of Kentucky, everyone plays an important role in keeping our community safe. 

As we approach the first day of classes, here are three campus safety tips you should know: 

1. Sign up for UK Alerts via text and phone calls so you receive updates and instructions during an emergency. Parents can sign up, too. 

2. Always be aware of your surroundings, particularly at night. Identify Blue Emergency Towers across campus early in the semester. 

  • As a pedestrian, don’t rely on signals – look both ways before stepping off the sidewalk. Never assume drivers can see you.  
  • If you’re driving, limit distractions and be cautious of students walking in unexpected areas on campus. 

3. Report what you see.  

  • An easy way to report suspicious, unsafe or harmful activity is through the LiveSafe app, where you can communicate with UK Police (UKPD) directly through two-way texts. 

Campus safety is a shared responsibility. For more information on what you can do to help, visit  

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In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.