Safety & Security

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UAlert is a free service that allows registered users – including University of Arizona students, faculty and staff – to receive emergency alert notifications on their cell phones or other mobile devices during a campus emergency. UAlert messages will be sent only during critical situations. This service is free and voluntary, but you are strongly urged to register, as it is the only way you can receive an emergency text message from the UA. 

In order to access the registration page, you must first enter your UA NetID and password. While UAlert is a free service offered by The University of Arizona, you may be charged a standard text messaging fee by your service provider. Registration is simple and it only takes a minute, register here for UAlerts.

Security Tips

While you are a student at the University of Arizona and a resident in University housing, you should remember that you are largely responsible for your own personal safety. Here are some precautions:

  • When leaving the dorm at night, tell your roommate when he/she should expect your return.
  • After dark, try not to walk alone. If possible, walk with a friend, or call Safe Ride, or UAPD.
  • If you must walk alone, walk with confidence and avoid dark, remote areas.
  • Never leave belongings unattended.
  • If you are a victim of an attack or other crime, call 911 and a dorm staff member as soon as possible.
  • Solicitors or suspicious persons are reported by calling 911 and a dorm staff member immediately.
  • Always carry your keys, CatCard, and if possible, a cell phone.
  • Keep your door closed and locked when not in your room and understand that you can enhance your safety and that of your roommate(s) by keeping the door closed and locked at all times.
  • Please immediately inform a member of the dorm staff about any unsafe conditions or behaviors that threaten the safety or security of your community.

To guard against theft, the University recommends that the following safeguards be observed:

  • Record all serial numbers and makes of your phones, watches, laptops, game consoles, etc.
  • Keep money and valuables in a secure place. Do not keep excessive amounts of cash in your room or on your person.
  • Record the numbers of all of your credit cards and debit/checking accounts; record the contact information of these companies and banks so that they can be notified if cards are lost or stolen.
  • Report the presence of any strangers in non-public areas of the dorms to UAPD and a dorm staff member.

Theft of University or personal property in the dorms is prohibited and may lead to criminal prosecution and/or removal from Housing. Theft includes borrowing without permission or possession of stolen property. Violations of this policy may result in a referral to law enforcement, removal from Housing, and referral to the Dean of Students Office for further University action and additional educational interventions.

For more tips on safety and security on campus, visit the University of Arizona's Police Department website.

CatCard and Door Access Code

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CatCard Security

Most all of our dorms are equipped with a card access system. This system utilizes your CatCard and a four-digit door access code (DAC) number chosen when you checked in to the dorm. Only residents of the building can gain access by swiping their cards through the card reader and entering their personal four-digit door access codes. The system is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. View this video to help you correctly use your CatCard with the card readers.

Giving your CatCard and door access code number to someone else (including friends, family, significant others, etc.) is a violation of Housing & Residential Life Policies & Procedures for Dorm Living, and you will be subject to the Conduct Hearing Process.

Change Your Door Access Code

You have the ability to change your four-digit door access code in My UAHome at any time after moving in.