Ensuring a Safe Learning and Working Environment at WashU

A Message from Hank Webber, Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration for Washington University

Dear Members of the Washington University Community:

Washington University makes a strong continuing effort to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. As part of this ongoing effort, please review this message and avail yourself of the links to the many resources that are available to all of us.

In particular, we annually remind the community of our security and fire safety programs that are described below. To make such programs work most effectively, it is important that everyone participate in proactive efforts to assure we have a safe learning and working environment.

Campus Security, Fire Safety, and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

Campus Security and Fire Safety

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to assisting all members of the University community in providing for their own safety and security. As such, the University periodically provides its students, faculty, and staff with important information about safety and security on campus, including the annual report required by the Campus Security Act, which is available on the Washington University Police Department website at as well as on the Washington University School of Medicine Protective Services website at

The website and the Safety and Security brochure contain information regarding campus security and personal safety issues, including crime prevention, law enforcement authority of the Washington University Police Department and Washington University School of Medicine Department of Protective Services, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance to security on campus.  Crime statistics from the three previous calendar years are also provided for crime reported on campus, in certain off-campus buildings, on property owned or controlled by Washington University, and on certain public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The statistical data for the University can be found in Appendices D and E of the Brochure and online at and at, respectively.

Pursuant to the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the University prepares an annual fire safety report outlining fire safety practices, standards, and on-campus housing fire statistics, also found within the “Safety and Security” brochure. In addition, the University’s Fire Logs for all on-campus housing facilities on the Danforth and Medical School campuses can be found in the Brochure and online at and at, respectively.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the “Safety and Security” brochure also includes information regarding our Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program for students, faculty and staff.

Hard copies of any of the documents referenced above may be obtained by contacting the Washington University Police Department at 314-935-7698 or Protective Services at the Washington University School of Medicine at 314-362-4357.