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Memorandum September 17, 2018

To: American University Community

From: Phil Morse, Assistant Vice President, AU Police and Emergency Management
Dan Nichols, Assistant Vice President, Risk, Safety, and Transportation Programs

Subject: AU Campus Safety and Security Resources Notification

American University considers the safety and security of its students, faculty, staff, and visitors its highest priority. To ensure an atmosphere that fosters and promotes the university’s educational mission, AU is committed to keeping our community safe and secure from possible threats and criminal activity. A safe community depends on the cooperation, involvement, and awareness of everyone on campus.

This notification, which is issued periodically, details the full scope of AU resources provided to ensure your protection and preparedness.

In the following pages, you will find a comprehensive listing of programs, policies, and procedures that cover numerous safety and security issues affecting our community. For ease of reference, we have broken them down by topic: Communicate, Learn, Prepare, Prevent, and Respond.

AU has committed significant Aresources to ensure your safety and security. Awareness and preparedness require the active involvement of each member of our community; and it begins with you. Please take a few minutes to review the information and open the attached links to learn more about each topic.

AU Campus Safety and Security Resources

Communicate, Learn, Prepare, Prevent, Respond


On Campus

  • Emergency & Non-Emergency Contact Information
    • On-Campus Police, Medical and Fire Emergencies: (202) 885-3636
    • On-Campus Non-Emergencies: (202) 885-2527
  • AU Alerts
    • AU Alerts communicates warnings and instructions during critical incidents such as natural disasters, fires, gas leaks, and active shooter incidents. Alerts are delivered via text message, e-mail, social media, indoor AlertUs beacons, AlertUs computer software, and outdoor speakers. AU students, faculty, and staff are subscribed automatically to AU Alerts. To verify your subscription and update and manage your AU Alerts contact information, log-in with your AU credentials at or go to the AU Emergency Preparedness website at:
  • Rave Guardian App
    • Rave Guardian, available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play, transforms your Android or iPhone into a personal safety device. It provides a mobile panic button that sends your location and identifying information to AU Police. A safety timer notifies your selected family or friends when it is not deactivated. Anonymous crime tips or photographs can be sent to AU Police via the app. Your custom profile notifies AU Police of your emergency contacts, vehicles, pets, and medical information. Download the iPhone or Android version and log-in with your AU credentials.
  • Blue Light Emergency Telephones
    • Located across campus, blue light emergency telephones call AU Police when activated.
  • Anonymous Tips
  • Twitter
  • Shuttle Buses
    • All AU shuttle buses have been equipped with AUPD police radios that allow for emergency communication to the Police Communications Center.

Off Campus


  • Self-Defense Training
    • Free self-defense classes are offered by certified instructors. All classes are held on campus and are in gender-inclusive formats. Custom classes are available for small groups. Sign-up online or e-mail for more information.
  • Crime Prevention Presentations
    • Customized crime prevention presentations are available to students, staff and faculty groups, organizations, and offices. E-mail to set-up a presentation.
  • Crime Alerts, Daily Crime Log and Annual Security Report
    • In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, information about campus safety is posted online and available at University Safety & Security Services headquarters. Recent crime alerts and the daily crime log provide information about recent incidents on and near campus. The Annual Security Report provides crime statistics and information on campus safety services.


  • Active Shooter Preparedness
    • To be prepared for an active shooter incident on campus, remember “Run, Hide, Fight” as your three options. Review training videos from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the personal preparedness resources available on online at:
  • Campus Emergency Plans
    • AU Emergency Preparedness has developed plans and procedures for critical incidents such as fire, weather emergencies, earthquakes, or criminal incidents. Review those procedures at: AU Emergency Procedures Guide.


  • Bicycle Registration
    • Registering your bicycle will assist AU Police with recovering your bicycle if lost or stolen. You can register your bicycle with the Office of Parking & Commuter Services for free on the parking portal at:
  • Safe Ride to Campus
    • The Safe Ride to Campus program provides students with a taxi ride back to campus, billed to your student account. Call (202) 885-2527 to request the service.
  • Safety Escorts
    • AU Police Officers provide walking and vehicular escorts to and from campus property for all community members. Call (202) 885-2527 to request an escort.
  • Physical Security
    • Access control, alarm monitoring, and video surveillance provide additional security on campus through 24/7 monitoring. The physical systems on campus have been expanded significantly and upgraded in the past several years.


  • Police, Medical and Fire Response
    • AU Police provides 24/7 response to all campus properties for police, medical, and fire emergencies. AU police officers are commissioned by the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia and are fully empowered to enforce the law, investigate criminal acts, and make arrests on campus and at all AU-owned and leased properties within the city. In addition, AU police also may place student conduct charges for violations both on and off campus. AU Police coordinates emergency response with external agencies like the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.
  • Investigation
    • AU Police Officers and Investigators investigate all crimes that occur on campus. In cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and D.C. Office of Attorney General, we obtain arrest warrants upon completion of a criminal investigation. Certain crimes require coordination with the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia.
  • Victim Assistance
    • Victims of any crime are provided care and assistance throughout the criminal justice process. AU Police coordinates counseling resources through Campus Life, Counseling Center, and the Wellness Center, as well as community resources. We provide information and guidance on obtaining protective orders, including transportation to court. Personalized safety plans and self-defense courses are available to crime victims. Call (202) 885-2527 to request victim assistance services from AU Police.
  • AED – Automatic External Defibrillators
    • The AU Public Access AED Program provides Automatic External Defibrillators housed in specially marked and strategically located cabinets in key buildings around the campus. AEDs can be used by any member of the public to provide emergency assistance to someone suffering from cardiac arrest. Call (202) 885-2527 to request CPR/AED training from AU Police.