The safety and security of residents involves a partnership between the students and the University. Safety features in our residence halls include cameras on exterior doors and Action card access to most residence halls and their elevators. Additionally, the Community-Oriented Police (COP) program brings UAPD officers into residence halls to develop relationships with students and maintain a presence during the evening and night hours. Residents help maintain the safety of their community by keeping doors closed to non-residents and reporting any concerns to residence hall staff or UAPD.

All students are encouraged to sign up for Tide Text Alerts, to receive important safety information, including information about severe weather. Visit myBama to sign up for Tide Text Alerts.

We encourage you to review UA’s Safer Living Guide for information on how to practice smart personal safety.

Severe Weather

Tuscaloosa can have severe weather, most often in the form of severe thunderstorms and occasionally tornadoes. UA has been certified by the National Weather Service as a StormReady University. Students can find information on how to be prepared on the Emergency Preparedness website.  Student can also find a list of the Best Available Refuge Areas for each building on campus on the Emergency Preparedness website.