Public Safety

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, 

As we hold the victims and their loved ones in Santa Fe, Texas in our hearts and prayers following Friday’s horrific tragedy, it is also important for us to be aware of measures we can all take individually to enhance the safety of our campus community. 

It is important to stay informed when there is an emergency on or near campus. We strongly encourage you to sign up for emergency text messages from the Department of Public Safety through our text messaging system. Public Safety will immediately send out a text with the type of emergency and any instructions to help you stay safe. Public Safety will also send out information and instructions on our other emergency notification platforms (Desktop computers, campus phones and area-wide broadcast towers), if it is safe to do so. 

If you see someone acting suspiciously or have information regarding someone talking about committing an act of violence, please report it immediately to Public Safety at 206-296-5911. You can also contact Public Safety at the emergency phone towers stationed across campus. Depending upon the nature of the reports or in the event of a widely covered tragedy like Santa Fe, Public Safety will frequently put additional or enhanced security measures in place—some more visible than others.

Public Safety has worked with the Seattle Police Department and Seattle Fire Department on a coordinated response in the event of an armed intruder on campus. In such an event, Public Safety will facilitate the police and fire departments' response. 

The Department of Public Safety offers information and training on armed intruders. Please contact me to speak with your group about how to stay safe during an incident of campus violence. Additionally, resources on how to respond during campus emergencies can be found at Public Safety


Chris Wilcoxen 
Assistant Director of Emergency Operations


We are committed to ensuring a safe and secure environment for the university community. Our team operates on a philosophy that promotes the positive nature of urban education and living experiences for our students, faculty, staff and guests. We hope that this site provides you with helpful information.

We encourage you to visit our office located in the University Services Building.

Business Office Hours

  • Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
  • 24-Hour Emergency Line:  (206) 296-5911
  • 24-Hour Non-Emergency Line:  (206) 296-5990
  • Business Line: (206) 296-5992
  • Email:
  • Click here for more contact information

Security Information

We provide security for the University campus community and its facilities 24 hours each day. Our staff are trained professionals who are available to assist the community in a variety of safety and security related areas, including:

  • CPR w/ AED & First Aid Response
  • Provide Certified First Aid & CPR Training
  • Safety Escort Services
  • Crime Prevention Information and Programming
  • Crime Statistics Information & Required Reporting
  • Provide 24 hour Life Safety Equipment Checks
  • Fire/Security Alarm Programming & Response
  • Criminal Incident Reporting and Investigation
  • Personal Property Identification
  • University Lost & Found Service
  • Seattle Fire Department Inspection Coordination and follow-up
  • Work Place Accident Investigation
  • General After Hours Access Assistance to the Campus Community
  • 2016 Clery AFSSR Report Seattle University: Seattle University Annual AFSSR 2016
  • Campus Security Authorities Report Coordination: CSA Incident Report Form