Student Health and Safety
Campus Safety and Security
All crime is serious if you are a victim. Students and employees must assume an active role in their personal safety and the security of their personal property. Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for adopting measures to protect themselves and their possessions. Learn to be observant and aware of your surroundings. If you notice suspicious activity or observe a crime, be observant of the circumstances and report the incident. Do not hesitate to call Emergency Assistance 911 or Campus Security. Do not assume someone else has reported the incident.
The following precautions provide guidance:
Report all suspicious activity to Campus Police or Security immediately.
Report unsafe conditions or hazards to Campus Safety.
Never take personal safety for granted.
Try to avoid walking alone at night.
Limit your alcohol consumption, and leave social functions that get too loud, too crowded, or that have too many people drinking excessively. Remember to call Security for help at the first sign of trouble.
Carry only small amounts of cash.
Never leave valuables (wallets, purses, books, calculators, etc.) unattended.
Carry your keys at all times and do not lend them to anyone.
Lock up bicycles and motorcycles. Lock car doors and close windows when leaving your car.
Always lock the door to your residence hall room, whether or not you are there. Be certain that your door is locked when you go to sleep, and keep windows closed and locked when you are not at home.
Do not leave valuables in your car, especially if they can be easily noticed.
Engrave serial numbers or owner’s recognized numbers, such as a driver’s license number, on items of value.
Inventory your personal property and insure it appropriately with personal insurance coverage.
Register your laptop computer with the Victoria Police Department.
If attending night classes, try to park in lighted areas. Have your car keys out when you return to your vehicle and check the front and back seats before entering. If you feel unsafe walking alone back to your car night, walk with a group or call Security and ask for an escort to your vehicle.
Be familiar with work safety policies and procedures.
Develop an office alert procedure (a simple signal) with co-workers to let each other know when one is in trouble.
Be very cautious about providing personal information, such as your SSN over the telephone or Internet.
Leave your office blinds open so security and others can easily see inside as they make their rounds.
On June 13, 2015 Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill No. 11 (SB. 11), also known as the "campus carry" law. S.B. 11 amends Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code to all carrying of handguns by license holders on college campuses beginning on August 1, 2016. More information is available at Campus Carry.
Clery Act Annual Security Report
The University is committed to providing a safe and secure university environment. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics (Clery Act) is the landmark federal law, originally known as the Campus Security Act that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
Campus Police compiles and publishes this Annual Security Report on or before October 1. Interested persons may obtain a printed copy of this report by coming by the Business Services Office located in Suite 107 of the University West Building, 3007 N. Ben Wilson, Victoria, TX 77901, or downloading the report in PDF format.
Daily Crime Log (Clery Act)
The purpose of the Daily Crime Log is to record criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents that are reported to the campus police or security department or through incident reports.
The Daily Crime Log is an “evergreen” document in that when additions or changes are necessary the existing file will be replaced with a new file reflecting the new information.
In addition to the Annual Security Report, UHPD maintains a daily log of crimes committed on campus which is available for review in the Business Services Office in Suite 107 of the University West Building or on our website.
Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline
Fraud & Non-Compliance Hotline is a third party incident reporting system. This secure system is intended to provide a comfortable environment for reporting as well as complete anonymity if that is your preference. Employees and students are encouraged to report fraud, waste or other concerns suggestive of dishonest or illegal activities. Concerns regarding troubling or threatening employee or student behavior should also be reported. Reports may be made either online or by calling the hotline number.
- Report to the Fraud and Non-Compliance Hotline:
- Phone: 1 (800) 461-9330
Reporting Criminal Activity or an Emergency
The University of Houston-Victoria strongly encourages reporting all crimes on campus to UHDPS. There are some very good reasons, in addition to prosecuting criminal activity, to promptly report crime.
- Timely notification about certain types of crime may affect the safety of others. These crimes may include murder, rape, sexual assault, robbery and arson. When UHDPS receives reports of these types of crimes, we will notify the community members of possible risks; via email, electronic media or text messaging (while still protecting the victim's identity).
- When you make your report, you assist UHDPS in initiating an investigation, which in turn could lead to arrest, which means a possible dangerous offender is removed from campus.
The UHV Police Services office is located in Jaguar Hall, 2705 Houston Highway, Suite 1122, Victoria, TX 77901. Additionally, we have workstations in University West Room 107 as well as the Jaguar Hall Front Desk. Please call (361) 570-4357 so that we can arrange to meet with you at one of these locations.
Online (non-emergency only)
- For Emergencies, Dial 9-1-1
- For Non-Emergencies, Dial (361) 570-4357 (570-HELP)
By Emergency Call Box
Emergency call boxes are located in the University West parking lot as well as the Jaguar Suites parking lot, and provide instant contact with UHDPS. The call boxes are either pole or wall mounted, are blue in color, and have "Emergency/Information" signs above them. The call boxes also have a blue light on the top of them for increased visibility. Emergency telephones and call boxes are checked for operability.
To request police assistance, contact the City of Katy Police Department Campus Security. When campus security is not available, contact 911 to request immediate assistance.