The Catholic University of America


Safety Tips

The safety and security of the CUA community are a top priority, and the Department of Public Safety is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. 


Safety First, Safety Always

CUA maintains a Safety First, Safety Always website that provides members of the CUA community with timely information on campus crime prevention and emergency procedures. This page is designed to be not only informative, but also instructive, e.g., educating the university community on how to respond in the event of a public safety and/or public health emergency. Breaking news on public health and public safety will be posted in a "What's New" box that will appear near the top of the "Safety First, Safety Always" page on an as-needed basis.


Alert DC

It is recommended that students register to receive text and email alerts through the Alert DC system. The alerts are customizable to a certain area, and the system also provides notifications about traffic and adverse weather conditions. Click here to learn more about the Alert DC system and to register to receive notifications.


Metropolitan Police Department (MPD)

There are a variety of actions you can take every day to ensure the safety of yourself as well as your family and friends. MPD offers a number of suggestions to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime and the appropriate precautions to ensure physical safety. They include but are not limited to:


Important Safety Recommendations

1. Be sure to have a vaild form of personal identification on your person at all times. While on campus, carry your Cardinal Card in your wallet, purse, or school bag. When outside University confines, a government-issued ID card or driver's license is the easiest from of personal identification to carry.

2. Whether in your car or on foot, be aware of areas that are unlit or otherwise segregated from open spaces. These can include alleys alongside or behind buildings, under or above ground parking garages, and unusually constructed corners. When necessary to travel through these areas, attempt to travel with others and remain alert.

3. When leaving your residence, be sure to properly secure your belongings and lock your door. Remember that, unless you own the property in which you reside, there is always someone else (a roommate, maintenance or management personnel, etc.) who has access to your residence.

4. To minimize the likelihood of theft, keep high-value items, such as TVs, gaming systems, and computing devices away from the line of sight created by doors and windows.

5. Keep your wallet in your front pocket, never your back pocket. Keep a hand over the clasp of your purse whenever you are in a crowded place.

6. Know the areas in which you live and work; know which stores and restaurants are open late, know the location of the nearest police and fire stations, and the location of the nearest hospital. Trust your instincts regarding people and places; if something doesn't feel right, leave immediately or seek assistance.

7. When approached by maintenance personnel, ask for identification and for them to remain outside while you confirm the information they provided you. Never be embarassed or hesitant to seek confirmation from the company offices.