UPD Notices: Your Safety Is Our Priority

August 24, 2023


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Dear Great Dane:  
In the beginning of each academic year, we share information with students on how to remain safe while on and off campus. We strongly encourage you to review the information below and keep it in mind this fall semester. It is important that we all remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and others, both on and off campus.  
Personal safety tips:  

  • Walk in groups: When possible, walk in groups of three or more. Data shows that being with a group of people is safer than traveling alone.  


  • Stay in well-lit areas: Do your best to travel in places that have good lighting.  


  • Be aware of your surroundings: As you are walking, always be aware of who is around you. If you notice someone following you, move to an area where there are more people and call for help.  


  • Parties/social gatherings: Avoid attending/hosting large gatherings with individuals you do not know and be mindful not to enter houses or apartments belonging to strangers.  


  • Alcohol: If you are of legal age and choose to consume alcohol, do so with moderation. Avoid juice, punch, and other mixed drinks as they may contain other substances. If you did not make it, you don’t know what’s in it. 


  • See something, say something: Be sure to carry your cell phone with you and don’t hesitate to call 911 if you see something that doesn’t look or feel right.  


Download the Guardian Safety App through your Apple or Android app store to report suspicious activity to UPD via text. Take advantage of its safety timer feature for peace of mind while walking on or off campus. 


Dial 911 in the event of an emergency off campus. If you need our help on campus, contact UPD at (518) 442-3131 or 911 from any campus phone.  

Visit the UPD website and be sure to follow us on  

Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more tips on how to stay safe!  


Have a safe and successful semester,  


Paul Burlingame  
Chief of Police  


1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222