Keeping Our Campus Safe

A safe campus takes all of us doing our part to both prevent and prepare for emergencies. While dedicated professionals in the Office of Campus Safety provide 24-hour law enforcement services and comprehensive emergency planning, members of the community can look out for one another and report anything that seems suspicious. Together, we can ensure that the university remains as safe as possible. 

Top Three Things to Know About Safety 

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The Hilltop is a safe place to live, learn and work. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is a great resource for our community to learn more about the programs and policies the university has implemented to keep it that way.  The Office of Campus Safety prepares this report in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. Updated versions are published each October 1st and hard copies are also available on request at the University Police Department.

To report a crime or tip:

Topper Safe - Coming Soon!

The Topper Safe app is your official mobile safety tool. Regardless if you are student, faculty, staff, alumni, visitor or a friendly neighbor, Topper Safe has something for you!

  • Get Help: Whether it's a life-threatening emergency, a non-emergency concern, or a crime tip -- on- or off-campus -- we've given you several options to relay those concerns, including some anonymous ones.
  • Emergency Guide: What do you do when something bad happens? This feature includes industry best practices on what to do during times of crisis.
  • Friend Walk: There is now another option to avoid walking or driving alone across campus or town. Use the Friend Walk feature to share your location in real time with family or friends.
  • Maps & Directions: Lost? It's OK. It happens. We've given you several maps to get you safely across campus. 
  • Emergency Phone Numbers: Don't know who to call? We do! Consider this your phone book to all our key local and campus partners who play a part in keeping you safe.
  • Toolbox: Need a light? Get some attention? Send someone your current location. This feature includes useful tools to help you out. 

 Don't see what you are looking for? Let us know. We would love to campus.safety [at] stedwards.edu (hear your ideas).  Check back this May for links to the Topper Safe app in the Apple App Store and  Google Play. 

Campus Carry

University leadership believes concealed handguns on campus present significant concerns and are not conducive to a positive learning environment. Opinions expressed during campus-wide information sessions in December 2015 support the university’s position on this matter. St. Edward’s University chose to opt-out of Senate Bill 11, commonly referred to as Campus Carry, and will continue its long-standing policy of prohibiting weapons on campus in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and Employee Handbook. Only active law enforcement personnel are excluded from this policy. If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding weapons on campus, please call the University Police Department at 512-448-8444.