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Services

 

Safety Escort Program

For your safety, UW Tacoma encourages students, faculty, staff and visitors to use the Safety Escort Program. Campus Safety Officers are available to walk you to your car or other campus destinations during the following hours:

Monday - Thursday — 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
and Friday —7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The service is free of charge. During busy periods, the Campus Safety Officer may ask you to meet in a common location as to facilitate escorting multiple people.

Dial 253-692-4416 to request a Safety Escort.


Campus Safety Officers cannot leave the UW Tacoma campus boundaries (between S. 17th and S. 21st Streets and Pacific and Tacoma Avenues). If you have parked at the Tacoma Dome Station garage, officers can escort you to the Link light-rail train, but cannot ride with you to the garage. If you need an escort off campus we can contact BIA security officers to meet you on campus and escort you to your car wihin the downtown core between Tacoma Ave. and Dock St., S.25th St. and S. 4th St.

Key and Card Access

UW Tacoma utilizes a card-operated security system to control after-hours access to buildings and most computer labs and classrooms. Most individual offices are secured with standard key locks. All key and card access requests are handled online with the Key and Card Access Request form.

Use this form if you:

  • Are a new employee who needs key or card access
  • Need to change your access card to enter other buildings or rooms
  • Need to change your access card for a change in your working hours
  • Have lost or had stolen your office key or access card
  • Are having problems with your keys or access card not working

You should receive a response within five business days. Please send any questions or concerns about your access cards to our program coordinator Dayna Barr dayna2@uw.edu . For any concerns or questions about physical keys to Campus Security Officer  Laura Delval at ld7@uw.edu .

Lost and Found

If you think you may have lost an item on campus, stop by the Campus Safety and Security office in Dougan 180. Or if you find an item that someone may have lost on campus, you are encouraged to turn it in to our office.

Report a Lost Item

 
Items left unclaimed for more than 60 days will be discarded or donated to community organizations. Don't delay!

Parking Enforcement

Parking on the UW Tacoma campus is managed by different entities:

  • Street parking is controlled by the city of Tacoma.
  • The Cragle and Pinkerton lots are managed by UW Tacoma.
  • All other campus lots are managed by Diamond Parking.

If you receive a parking citation you need to pay or appeal it through the proper entity.

Motorist Assistance

Because of the risk of damage to your vehicle, officers cannot assist with jump starting, lock-outs or flat tires. However, our officers can contact a service provider for you and stay with you until help arrives. Officers can be contacted by calling 253-692-4416, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The only exception to this policy is if a child or animal is locked in a vehicle and the welfare of the child or animal is in jeopardy. In those cases, officers will use a "slim jim" tool to gain entry to the vehicle or other means necessary to gain access. The owner must sign a consent form/waiver for any resulting damages prior to service.

If you parked in one of the parking lots on campus

Bill's Towing provides free service to all Diamond lots, Pinkerton Lot and Cragle parking lot on campus; just call 253-272-9393. They will assist at no charge with:

  • Opening door, trunk, etc.
  • Jump starting batteries
  • Delivering fuel
  • Changing/repairing flat tires

UW Tacoma Lots locations that receive free motorist assistance from Bill Towing:

Cragle lot (21st and C Street), Lot WT31 (21st and Jefferson),Lot WT32 (19th and Fawcett),Lot WT44 (Market and 19th)

Lot WT61 (Market and 17th), Lot WT40 (Court 17 Garage; enter from Court C and 17th), and Lot P1 - Pinkerton (Broadway and 17th) 

Towing and lock services for vehicles on public streets

  • AAA members – 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357)
  • AG Towing – 253-222-3727
  • Bill's Towing – 253-272-9393
  • Fife Service and Towing – 253-922-8784
  • Gene's Towing – 253-588-1757
  • Liberty Towing – 253-565-1300
  • Pop-A-Lock – 253-472-4855

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD): Basic Course

Rad Knee
  • Are you worried about walking alone at night?
  • Does being at home alone concern you?
  • If you were confronted or attacked, what would you do? How would you react?

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) for women

  • is developed specifically for women on university and college campuses.
  • is a simple and effective program for women of any age and any fitness level.
  • is not a martial arts program. It teaches realistic self-defense movements which require neither special skills nor years of practice to master.
  • will increase your self-confidence and awareness.
  • provides effective options by teaching women to take an active role in their own self-defense and psychological well-being.

You will learn:

  • What an attack can resemble
  • Sexual assault awareness and avoidance techniques
  • How not to resemble a victim

RAD has a lifetime return policy. Once you successfully complete a RAD class, you can refresh your skills by attending any RAD class, anywhere, for free for the rest of your life. The primary reason we are offering these classes are for our students, however faculty, staff, friends, family and anyone else interested are more than welcome and encouraged to attend.

This course is open to women only. We also offer a Resisting Aggression with Defense course for men and an advanced RAD course for women.

Dates and cost

This is a 12-hour class completed in two sessions of six hours each. The total cost is $5 per person and includes both sessions and a printed handbook. Location will be sent to you after registration.

UPCOMING DATES :

Winter Quarter: TBA

Spring Quarter: TBA

How to register

To register for this program or for more information, please contact Campus Safety and Security at 253-692-4416 or email uwtrad@u.washington.edu

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD): Advanced Course

The Rape Aggression Defense system is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. Courses are taught by nationally certified RAD instructors from UW Tacoma's Campus Safety and Security.

We are proud to invite women who have completed the basic RAD course to attend the advanced RAD course. This class picks up were the basic class left off. You will learn even more ground defense and how to handle a weapon attack. This advanced course is for 12 hour class completed in two sessions of six hours.

RAD has a lifetime return policy. Once you successfully complete a RAD class, you can refresh your skills by attending any RAD class, anywhere, for free for the rest of your life. The primary reason we are offering these classes are for our students, however faculty, staff, friends, family and anyone else interested are more than welcome and encouraged to attend.

You must have completed the basic RAD course before enrolling in this course. The advanced course is open to women only.

Dates and cost

This is a 12-hour class completed in twosessions of six hours each. The total cost is $5 per person and includes two sessions and a printed handbook. 

Upcoming Dates:

Spring Quarter: TBA

How to register

To register for this program or for more information, please contact Campus Safety and Security at 253-692-4416 or uwtrad@u.washington.edu

Resisting Aggression with Defense (RAD) for men

Did you know:

  • 50% of men will be hit or punched in their lifetime
  • Both male and female offenders are more likely to target male victims than female victims
  • Men are more than twice as likely as women to be the victim of a violent crime
  • Violence against men is not restricted by class, age or race — it can happen to any man.

If you were confronted or attacked, what would you do? How would you react? Resisting Aggression with Defense (RAD) training can be your tool to defend against these attacks.

Resisting Aggression with Defense (RAD) for men

The programs primary focus is the realistic development of basic self defense options for men, before and during imminent or actual assault.

You will learn

  • How not to resemble a victim
  • Recognize aggressive behavior
  • How to avoid aggressive behavior
  • Physical self-defense techniques

RAD has a lifetime return policy. Once you successfully complete a RAD class, you can refresh your skills by attending any RAD class, anywhere, for free for the rest of your life. The primary reason we are offering these classes are for our students, however faculty, staff, friends, family and anyone else interested are more than welcome and encouraged to attend.

This course is open to men only. We also offer a Rape Aggression Defense course for women and an advanced RAD course for women.

Dates and cost

This is a 12-hour class completed in two sessions of six hours each. The total cost is $6 per person and includes both sessions and a printed handbook. Location will be sent to you after registration.

UPCOMING DATES:

Winter quarter: TBA

Spring Quarter: TBA

How to register

To register for this program or for more information, please contact Campus Safety and Security at 253-692-4416 or uwtrad@u.washington.edu

Blue Emergency Phones

Defibrillator

Emergency phones Locations are shown with this icon on the map above. Specific locations are detailed in this table.

Mattress Factory, outside west entrance
Top of central staircase at Commerce Street
Cragle parking lot next to pay station
William W. Philip Hall, ground and first floor, just inside entrances
Joy Building, near elevators on each floor
Court 17 parking garage, near pay station on each floor
Outside exterior door to Dougan 180 (Campus Safety and Security office)

Special Events Security

Please contact the Campus Safety and Security department directly for information regarding rates and staffing availability for special events security.

UW Alert System

Current status

The UW Tacoma campus is operating on a normal schedule today. There are no web alerts in effect at this time.

UW Tacoma has a system to immediately notify students and employees about emergencies that affect normal campus operations with a text message to the cell phones of those who sign up in advance. Notices will simultaneously be placed on Web pages and sent by e-mail. In addition to emergency or crisis situations, the system will provide information about suspensions or delays in campus operations due to inclement weather.

Go to UW Alert to sign up.

Inclement weather policies and notification processes

Inclement weather information for staff and faculty

Current status

The UW Tacoma campus is operating on a normal schedule today. There are no web alerts in effect at this time.

Inclement weather guidelines

Closing campus

In the event of snow, ice or other dangerous conditions, campus leadership will assess the road conditions and make a decision no later than 6 a.m. — earlier if possible — about whether to suspend operations for the entire day or operate on a delayed schedule.

When operations are suspended, classes are not held, administrative offices are closed and events and activities are canceled.

If no alert messages are posted on the website or the snow line, assume campus is open.

Delayed start

When a delayed schedule is called, classes and offices will resume operations, usually at 10:30 a.m. or noon, depending on conditions.

Closing midday

If a storm hits during a weekday, campus leaders may decide to suspend operations at midday. An announcement is usually made by 2 p.m. that day.

Where to get info:

Messages will be available through these communication methods as soon as a decision to suspend or delay operations is made. UW Tacoma's homepage will be updated as soon as possible with an alert message if there is any change in campus operations.

Missed classes

Faculty should make arrangements to contact students if class is canceled when the university is not closed. Students should talk with their teachers about making up class time lost during a suspension of operations or a delayed opening, or if they are unable to get to campus.

Missed work time

UWHR's suspended operations web pages provide information about pay and leave practices during inclement weather and suspended operations. If you have additional questions about HR practices during suspended operations and inclement weather, please contact UWT HR at 253-692-5669.

When the university is in operation, but severe weather conditions exist, use your own best judgment about driving to work. Refer to the policy on taking leave due to inclement weather on the UW HR website.

Additional safety information

Inclement weather information for students

Current status

The UW Tacoma campus is operating on a normal schedule today. There are no web alerts in effect at this time.

Inclement weather guidelines

These guidelines apply whether classes are in session or not.

Closing campus

In the event of snow, ice or other dangerous conditions, campus leadership will assess the road conditions and make a decision no later than 6 a.m. — earlier if possible — about whether to suspend operations for the entire day or operate on a delayed schedule.

When operations are suspended, classes are not held, administrative offices are closed and events and activities are canceled.

Delayed start

When a delayed schedule is called, classes and offices will resume operations, usually at 10:30 a.m. or noon, depending on conditions.

Closing midday

If a storm hits during a weekday, campus leaders may decide to suspend operations at midday. An announcement is usually made by 2 p.m. that day.

Where to get info:

Messages will be available through these communication methods as soon as a decision to suspend or delay operations is made. UW Tacoma's homepage will be updated as soon as possible with an alert message if there is any change in campus operations.

Missed classes

Faculty should make arrangements to contact students if class is canceled when the university is not closed. Students should talk with their teachers about making up class time lost during a suspension of operations or a delayed opening, or if they are unable to get to campus.

Additional safety information

 

Campus alerts can be sent to web pages, e-mail, and cell phones

Get text message alerts on your cell phone

Current UW students, faculty, and staff may sign up to receive important campus alerts through the university-wide UW Alert system.

How alerts are communicated

Campus alerts are published via the campus Web site, e-mail, and/or SMS text messaging. UW Tacoma may choose one or more of these channels depending on the nature of the alert. Web alerts are publicly available on this page and the UW Tacoma home page. E-mail and text message alerts may be sent to faculty, staff, and/or students as needed.