The University of Houston is an open campus filled with people who care about each other. Because of its open accessibility, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to exercise a sense of personal responsibility for their own safety and well-being, and the safety and well-being of others. While crime can happen anywhere, when we act as a community that knows and cares about the safety of others, ourselves and our property, we lessen the likelihood of being victimized, and we showcase our Cougar Pride. 

Throughout the year, we'll highlight safety and prevention tips related to an array of campus issues. This month, we want to share with you information on contacts for help. For other safety and crime prevention information, see additonal tips.

Safety Tips While Studying For Finals

  • Avoid bringing valuable personal property with you, but if you must, be sure to keep it on your person. Backpacks, bags and purses should be kept with you or locked up. You should not hang your coat or jacket on the back of a chair if you have personal items in the pockets.

  • Lock your car whenever it is unattended. Even if you are loading your car and just going back inside for another box, lock the doors. Thieves have been known to monitor areas and can move quickly to take unattended property.

  • Watch out for your neighbors. If someone forgets to secure his or her area or property, keep an eye on it or remind the person to take his or her valuables.

  • Never remain alone in isolated or unoccupied areas, including classrooms, libraries and other campus buildings. When possible, always study with a friend or group.

  • Avoid walking alone at night and stay on lighted routes. If you’d like a security escort, call UH police at 713-743-3333. Locate a call box and ask for a security escort. You also may request a security escort via email at