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Campus Safety

The descriptions and links below will give you a general idea of the university offices and online safety resource sites at Duke. For more specific information, please visit the links provided. Many of the offices serve several segments of the university community, so please note that unless the links below point to a page specifically referencing graduate student services, you may need to confirm with the office in question whether graduate students are eligible to use a particular service or resource.

Duke Alert! Emergency Website

The Duke Alert! Emergency Website provides information emergency communication, policies, and resources. In an actual emergency, the site is updated with instructions and information about the incident, campus services and resources available to the Duke community. This information would also be made available at DukeToday.

Duke Police

The Duke University Police Department provides comprehensive law enforcement and security services to all components of Duke University including the academic campus, a large medical center complex, an 8,000 acre research forest, and a variety of satellite facilities throughout North Carolina.

Duke Police Crime Prevention Brochures

Crime Prevention brochures covering a wide range of subjects are available on the Duke Police website in PDF form for instant download. Copies can be obtained from Police Headquarters, East Campus & West Campus Community Service Offices or by contacting a member of the Crime Prevention Unit.

Graduate Student Safety Briefing Power Point

Duke Police has worked together with Graduate Student Affairs to put together a "Graduate Students Safety Briefing" slideshow.

Duke Ocupational and Environmental Safety Office

The Occupational and Environmental Safety Office (OESO) exists to promote a safe environment for the Duke Community. The OESO site provides access to various safety manuals and on-line training.

Office of Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS)

The SASS office employs two full time professional staff. One is a licensed mental health professional trained to provide treatment for symptoms subsequent to trauma. The second focuses on prevention and engaging men as allies to violence prevention. In addition, several part time student staff members, and numerous volunteers work with the office.

Duke Vans Services

Duke Vans Services supplements Duke’s transit service and offers an alternative to walking alone or in isolated areas of campus. Duke Vans provides employees and students with free, on-demand van service to and from campus areas where bus service is not available. Passengers may be transported off-campus, but only to private residences within the service boundaries. Drop offs at commercial locations are not permitted. Duke Vans operates from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily, except Thanksgiving Holidays, Winter Break and New Years Day. To request service, call 684-2020, or pick up any emergency (blue) phone on campus and ask to be connected.

Emergency Contacts

NOTE: Consider adding the Duke Police number to your speed dial. If you are in an emergency situation on campus, calling Duke Police directly--rather than 911--will facilitate a faster response. Also, when reporting an incident to the Durham Police, be sure to identify yourself as a Duke student so that Duke Police will be alerted to work with the university to obtain any support that may be available to you.

Emergency information line
(919) 684-INFO

Duke Police
(919) 684-2444
(or 911 in an emergency)

Duke Occupational & Environmental Safety Office
(919) 684-2794

Durham Police    
(919) 560-4601

Additional Local and State Resources