Campus Safety at UMKC

Resources for your protection
Several diverse students walking on UMKC campus near the pair of Archipenko sculptures

Enjoy everything our dynamic urban environment at UMKC has to offer and rest assured your safety is our top priority.

Campus Housing

All campus housing facilities maintain the highest level of security for students, such as UMKC ID card-swipe access into the buildings and a 24-hour front desk. UMKC also has its own police force, comprised of 30 state-certified officers, that covers both the Volker Campus and Health Sciences Campus at Hospital Hill.

Campus Police

If you feel unsafe on campus at any time, call UMKC Police directly at 816-235-1515 or pick up one of the blue emergency phones on campus and you’ll be connected directly to campus police. 

Having car trouble? UMKC Police can assist with jumpstarts for dead batteries and can help if you locked your keys in your car.

Services provided by UMKC Police:

  • Personal safety escort (on campus only)
  • Motorist assistance (jumpstarts and unlocks only)
  • Property registration (electronics, bicycles and instruments)
  • Hostile intruder training
  • Safety presentations: alcohol, drugs, theft prevention, personal safety
  • Women’s self defense, hosted by the Kansas City Police Department (free)
    • Registration: 816-413-3500, 6835 N.E. Pleasant Valley Road
  • Fingerprinting: $15 per card

UMKC is a very low-crime campus. Theft is the most frequent offense, so here are some helpful tips from UMKC Police:

  • Keep your residence and vehicles secured at all times
  • Never leave your valuables unattended
  • Criminals love social media: watch what you post on social media; don’t mention when you’re going out of town
Campus Alerts

In addition to having a dedicated police force, UMKC also has its own campus-wide alert system. You may have automatically signed up for the UMKC Alert System (text, email, phone) when you submitted your personal information upon enrollment. If not, you can sign up for the alert system online.

UMKC also uses the free Rave Guardian app (available on Android and Apple app stores) which can transform your cell phone into a personal safety device. With this free app, you can create a virtual safety network, immediately connect with campus police and let others know you are safe.

Features allow you to:

  • Receive campus-wide safety notices
  • Communicate with your friends, family and coworkers
  • Set a safety timer–notify people you trust to check in on you if you are walking alone or in an unfamiliar place
  • Send a tip/message to police
  • Send pictures to police
  • Guardian can also provide police with GPS coordinates from your phone (if available), which can decrease response time and allow first responders to locate you should you not be able to give them your location


Download Rave Guardian App

Published: May 31, 2019

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