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Safety and Advocacy

Resources that help keep students safe and/or assist students facing difficulties or grievances on campus.

The Center for Student Advocacy and Community is here to support students with any barriers to success you may be facing. To request an appointment to talk with a staff member for personalized guidance and resource recommendations for your situation, please fill out this form.

On-campus resources

Resources that help keep students safe and/or assist students facing difficulties or grievances on campus.

Center for Student Advocacy and Community (CSAC)- CSAC reduces barriers that inhibit academic and personal success by identifying areas of need, providing connections to resources, and supporting student-led programs and initiatives that strengthen our community. Fill out this form to request assistance getting connected to resources.

Cougar Ride (night shuttles)- students can request a free after-hours shuttle through the UH Go app. The shuttles will only travel between regular shuttle stops as well as MD Anderson Library, Cougar Village, or Moody Towers. Shuttles are available for request 9PM- 2AM on Sundays and 6PM to 3AM Monday-Thursday and are not available during football game nights or holidays.

Dean of Students Office- advocates for students as they navigate personal and educational challenges, promotes a respectful and safe campus environment, and engages parent and family members as partners in the educational process. Services offered include:

  • Advocacy and Support- for students facing challenges around grievances/concerns with professors or staff, UH policy, personal circumstances impacting their education, needing referrals, and other questions and concerns, the Student Advocacy team will listen and help you seek a resolution. Submit a request online to seek assistance.
  • Student Outreach and Support- this team works to identify, educate, support, and refer students who may be experiencing complex personal difficulties such as a mental health-related crisis that may impact them academically, personally and/or socially. They can meet with students to determine their needs and create a plan for support, advocate for students to professors and campus and community offices, assist in student’s transitions to and from medical leave, consult with students support network, and more.
  • Behavior and Conduct- this office administers the Student Code of Conduct and discipline process.
    • You can report incidents of concerning behavior and violations of the code of conduct here with the Incident Reporting Form. If someone is exhibiting dangerous behavior, call campus police at (713) 743-3333 or call 911.
    • For students going through the discipline process, DOS offers information for navigating the process.

Equal Opportunity Services- this office enforces UH’s non-discrimination and Sexual Misconduct/Title IX policies. You can make a report of discrimination or sexual misconduct on their website. EOS also offers trainings on topics of discrimination, sexual misconduct prevention, reporting, and accommodations.

Fire and Life Safety- The University of Houston Fire Marshal's Office ensures that all buildings and activities meet Fire and Life Safety Codes. They offer information about fire safety and food safety, and trainings on fire safety can be requested.

Undergraduate Academic Complaint/Grievance Policy- an overview of what to do when you have a disagreement with a professor about a grade, course requirement, or classroom policy as an undergraduate student.

Graduate, Professional, and Post-Bacc Academic Complaint/Grievance Policy- an overview of what to do when you have a disagreement with a professor about a grade, course requirement, or classroom policy as a graduate, professional, or post-baccalaureate student.

Justin Dart Jr. Student Accessibility Center- provides accommodations and support services to University of Houston students who have temporary or permanent health impairments, physical limitations, psychiatric disorders, and/or learning disabilities. Student Accessibility Center staff serve as liaisons between students and faculty, administrators, and community agencies. Advocacy services and environmental accessibility assistance are also provided.

  • For a list of off-campus accessibility resources, see here.

Sexual Misconduct Support Services (SMSS)- a confidential campus-based resource to assist students, faculty, and staff who have been impacted by sexual misconduct (including stalking, sexual harassment, domestic violence, and sexual assault).

  • Support provided can include: emotional support, understanding Rights & Responsibilities under the UH Sexual Misconduct Policy, understanding the conduct process, reporting options (UH Police Department, Equal Opportunity Services/Title IX Coordinator), referrals to campus and community-based resources, creating a safety plan, and interim accommodations.
  • To make an appointment or receive support, contact the Women and Gender Resource Center at or stop by the office, located in the basement of Student Center South, Room B12 (around the corner from Starbucks).

Stay Cougar S.A.F.E.! (Safety, Awareness, Education, Friendship)- This webpage provides a hub for campus safety resources, including the UH Police Department, Fire and Life Safety, Emergency Management, Parking and Transportation, Risk Management, and more.

UH Alert- view current and past campus emergency alerts, update your emergency contact information to receive UH Alerts to your phone and email, and find additional safety resources here.

UH Police Department (UHPD)- The campus police department strives to preserve a safe campus environment. Services offered include:

  • Call Boxes- There are emergency call boxes across campus that allow you to press a button to call UHPD. In addition to emergencies, you can use these to request a security escort or ask non-emergency security questions.

Security Escorts- If you have safety concerns and would like an officer to walk with you across campus, call 713-743-3333 to request an escort.

Off-campus resources

Support, shelter, counseling, and more for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Aid Victims of Domestic Violence- Provides support for individuals and families affected by domestic violence, including legal help and counseling.

The Bridge- Support for individuals and families who have experienced domestic or sexual violence, including crisis support, safety planning, advocacy, therapy, emergency shelter, housing, and children’s services. Located in Pasadena and Baytown.

DAYA- Support for South Asian survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including safety planning, crisis support, therapy, legal assistance, and housing assistance.

Forensic Center of Excellence- Offers free 24/7 examinations in cases of sexual assault, human trafficking, or abuse. Includes STI testing, safety planning, and collection of medical evidence and documentation that can be used in legal processes. Call 281-306-6893 before going to the nearest location. If you have any questions about if you should be seen by a forensic nurse, select Option 1 to speak to a forensic nurse.

Houston Area Women’s Center (HAWC)- Support for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. Serves people of all genders. Services include crisis support hotline, safety planning for those escaping dangerous situations, emergency shelter, housing support, legal support, counseling, financial and career support, children’s services, and more.

Montrose Center Anti-Violence Program- Provides support for LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and trafficking; as well as all survivors of hate crimes regardless of sexual orientation. Services include crisis help, advocacy, counseling, compensation assistance, and emergency shelter.

National Sexual Assault Hotline- Confidential 24/7 support lines. Call 800-656-4673 or chat here.

Shelters for Domestic Violence (open to any gender identity):

Free or sliding scale legal resources.

Houston Volunteer Lawyers - Houston Volunteer Lawyers is the largest provider of pro bono legal services in Harris County and the surrounding areas. Thousands of private attorneys volunteer their time and expertise each year to provide free legal assistance on civil legal matters, such as family law or housing matters, to eligible, low-income area residents.

Lone Star Legal Aid - Lone Star Legal Aid works to protect and advance the civil legal rights of low-income Texans by providing advocacy, legal representation, and community education that ensures equal access to justice.

Texas Advocacy Project - Texas Advocacy Project provides advice over the phone, support with do-it-yourself legal filing processes, and complete client representation in cases involving domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, child abuse, and human trafficking, completely free.

If you know of any other great resource not included in this list, please reach out to