Safety at KU

The University of Kansas recognizes the importance for an institution of higher learning to develop and maintain a safe and secure environment in which the academic and social pursuits of its members can be fully realized.

The university has the utmost concern for the success of each student and endeavors to allow each student maximum freedom to live his/her life free from interference. With this freedom, however, each student is responsible to be an active participant in the exercise of personal safety. While the University of Kansas strives to provide a safe environment, criminal incidents and other emergencies may occur despite reasonable efforts.

No community's security plan can attain maximum effectiveness unless everyone contributes to making it work. Safety and security are both personal and shared responsibilities. The university encourages all crimes to be reported to its Office of Public Safety. By accepting this responsibility members of the university community foster a safe and secure academic environment.

Keeping KU Informed

  • The KU Alerts website keeps the university community prepared for and informed during campus emergencies. It is the central location for updates during a crisis.

KU Alerts Website

Clery Act

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal statute to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. The Clery Act requires colleges and universities that receive federal funding to maintain and annually disclose campus crime statistics and security information, as well as details about institutional efforts to improve campus safety.

The Clery Act requires disclosure of four general categories of crime statistics:

  • Criminal homicide: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, manslaughter by negligence
  • Sexual assault: rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson

Any of the above mentioned offenses, and any incidents of:

  • Larceny-theft
  • Simple assault
  • Intimidation
  • Destruction/damage/vandalism of property
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking
  • Weapons law violations
  • Drug abuse violations
  • Liquor law violations