Know You're Safe
Safety is the biggest concern for students living in off-campus apartments or houses; in particular, many people are heavily focused on security breaches and life safety hazards. While all of us are responsible for our own safety, students living off campus cannot rely solely on the university to ensure their safety and security. The safety of our students is a priority for UK.
To learn more visit www.uky.edu/CATSseesafety/.
Living in a city can offer residents tremendous opportunities and resources but can also provide some challenges regarding personal safety. Just as in any city, residents of Lexington should take precautions to ensure their safety.
Visit the Lexington Crime Map to see what type of crime is occurring in the neighborhood you are considering living in, and check out these personal safety tips from UK Crisis Management and Preparedness.
Additional crime awareness resources:
UK students, families, faculty, and staff have several ways of staying alert to issues on campus and in the Lexington community.
To get the most up-to-date UK emergency information, check out these resources:
- UK Alert
- UK LiveSafe app
- UK home page
- UKPD Twitter alert for Off-Campus - Learn how the notifications work.
- UK’s Facebook and Twitter pages
- UKPD’s Facebook and Twitter pages
- UK’s infoline at 859-257-5684
- UK cable channel 184
- Digital cable channel 219
For Lexington emergency information, check out these resources:
- BeReady emergency management
- Lexington Emergency Management Twitter
- Local news
- Local radio
- National Weather Alerts
Reporting Safety Issues
- To reach UK Police in an emergency, call 911 from any campus landline or dial #UKPD from any mobile phone.
- UK LiveSafe app
- Call 859-257-8573 to reach UK Police in non-emergency situations.
- Contact the Student Government Safety Director to report safety concerns such as poor lighting, overgrown brush, sidewalks, etc.
- Call 911 in an emergency to reach local police.
- Report anonymous tips through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at 1-877-970-2020 or Text-a-Tip.
- Call 1-866-393-6659 (1-866-EYE-ONKY)
Fire prevention is vitally important in off-campus living situations. Fire alarms, extinguishers, and sprinkler systems are routinely checked and tested in university residence halls. Such care is often not as routine in off-campus locations, especially when renting in a private residence. Many apartment communities (especially the newer ones) have fire suppression sprinkler systems while other rental properties (especially private residences) do not. Check with the owner/landlord or building manager for information regarding the fire prevention system and evacuation plan for your building BEFORE you sign a lease.
Potential fuel for fire can be limited by good housekeeping practices. All clothing, paper, and other combustibles should be stored away from sources of ignition such as open flames, matches, and heated objects. Cigarettes and matches are major causes of fire, as are stoves and candles. Play it safe with any potential ignition source.
Be certain that your living unit has a fire extinguisher mounted in a readily accessible place. If you have a kitchen, the extinguisher should be mounted near the kitchen entrance. Also, make certain that you have functioning smoke alarms in the unit. Smoke may be the first warning of a fire, and smoke kills more people than heat in building fires.
Safety and Violence Prevention/Intervention Resources
- 257-SAFE is UK’s one-number coordinated student safety service program.
- S.T.A.R.R. Women’s Self Defense Program by UK Police Department
- SAFECATS (Safe and Free Escort for Campus Area Traveling Students) by UK Police Department and Flying Wildcats Booster Club
- Kentucky Wildcab late-night on-demand transportation
- Violence Intervention and Prevention Center - The VIP Center is a campus resource for students who have been impacted by sexual or gender based interpersonal violence. Students can speak confidentially with a staff person. There is no cost. Students can share as little or as much as information, and trained staff will listen and help you explore options and resources.
- Violence prevention community and national resources
- The University of Kentucky Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services (UKCC) provides confidential psychological counseling to currently enrolled UK students and consultation services to currently enrolled UK students, UK faculty and staff, and caregivers.
Celebrate Like a Champion
UK has the privilege of hosting some of the most successful athletics teams in the country. On game days (and non-game days!), it is important for all students and community members to celebrate responsibly. Here are some things you will need to know if you are planning a party off-campus: