Your safety is our main concern, and these tips, programs and services are meant to help you remain safe on campus. Please contact Office of Community Standards or the University Police if you have any questions or concerns. Let’s work together to Protect our Pack!

Engaging Our Community as Partners to Help Protect Our Pack

We care deeply about the safety of all members in our UWG community. We are committed to fostering a caring, safe, and inclusive campus community. Through intentional programs, services, and campus partnerships, you can take advantage of campus resources and preventative education to identify risky behaviors, avoid dangerous situations, and help Protect our Pack!

Know Something, See Something, Say Something

Let’s work together to help maintain a safe environment for all members of our community. If you see any suspicious behavior, please report it immediately to the Office of Community Standards at 678-839-2466 and/or the University Police Department (UPD) at 678-839-6000. You should trust your instincts. If something doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. Don't ignore it or keep it to yourself. We recommend that you program the UPD number into your cell phone for easy access in case of an emergency. We are all responsible for safety. If you see something, say and do something about it—report any concerning behavior and suspicious activity. If you are unsure, call UPD—a false alarm is always better than a crime that could have been prevented. Suspicious behavior or circumstances can include, but are certainly not limited to:

  • Anyone forcibly entering a car, building, or room.
  • Someone tampering with property.
  • Strangers loitering or entering rooms, offices, or labs with no apparent legitimate cause.
  • Someone carrying a weapon.
  • Strange vehicles parked in your area.
  • Any behavior that is out of character on a college campus.
  • Packages left unattended.
  • Suspicious or noxious odors.

UWG Cares

You can to submit anonymous information to UWG Cares. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report any suspicious behavior or campus safety concerns including medical, multicultural, psychological, and/or personal issues via UWG Cares. To make a report, visit https://www.westga.edu/UWGCares/ to express concerns about a particular student or to report concerning behavior.

Helpful Safety Tips for Crime Prevention

  1. Lock your car doors anytime you leave the car. It takes only seconds to lock and unlock your car doors, and these seconds can save you from being victimized.

  2. Don’t leave obvious valuables in plain view in your car. Sometimes, temptation and availability is all that is needed to cause a would-be thief to attempt and complete a theft.

  3. Check the back seat of your car before you get in. You may have an uninvited passenger.

  4. Lock your residence hall room, apartment, or house door. This is probably the best simple deterrent available to protect you and your property. A criminal will often take the path of least resistance.

  5. Don’t display large sums of cash or expensive jewelry. Again, these actions may provide temptation. Cash and jewelry are often impossible to trace and easy for a thief to dispose of quickly.

  6. Know who is at the door before you open it. Do you readily open the door to your resident hall room, apartment, or house without really knowing who is knocking or what they want? Know who is at the door and what they want. If it doesn’t seem right, keep the door shut and communicate through the door.

  7. Walk with a friend when out late at night, and walk on designated pathways and well-lit areas. There is safety in numbers.

  8. Secure bicycles through the wheel and frame with a high-quality cable or other approved device AND lock.

  9. Always pick a designated driver prior to attending festivities.

  10. Don’t impair your judgment with alcohol or illegal drugs. Avoid accepting a ride from someone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs. Avoid taking a private walk with someone whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs.

  11. Work with another student when working late at night in campus buildings.

  12. Do not leave doors propped open.

  13. Engrave valuable possessions with serial numbers or owner-recognized numbers.

  14. Always know the location of the nearest telephone and how to report emergencies.

  15. Keep emergency numbers near your phone.

  16. Report any criminal or suspicious activities or other emergencies that occur on campus to the University Police Department. It’s easy to do—just call 678-839-6000. Report crime and testify against criminals. Every time a crime is reported, there is a chance to catch the criminal. When a crime goes unreported, the criminal wins hands down.

  17. In most sexual assaults, the victim and suspect knew each other prior to the assault. Knowing someone does not guarantee a sexual assault will not occur.

  18. Limit your use of alcohol and be wary of accepting drinks from others, even people you know.

  19. Make sure that you have verbal and sober consent from anyone before engaging in sexual activity.

Resources

Also, the UWG community provides resources from a variety of campus educators, counselors, health professionals, and emergency personnel to support individuals experiencing personal distress and/or other emergency concerns. Listed below is a summary of assistance offered by the University Police Department, Counseling Center, Health Services, Title IX, and the Office of Community Standards.

  • University Police Department

    The University Police Department provides crime prevention conversations to more than a 1,000 students annually as part of UWG 1101 classes. Also, UPD offers a nationally recognized self-defense program (RAD: Rape Aggression Defense) for the UWG community. The program is designed by college women for college women, and it is taught twice a semester by University Police instructors. To register contact Sgt. Mike Keener at (678) 839-4976 or email jkeener@westga.edu.

  •  Counseling and Accessibility Services

    The Counseling Center offers free confidential counseling to all enrolled students. Students may walk in between 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, in 123 Row Hall. After Hours students may call UPD 678-839-6000 and ask for the counselor on call. For more information, please call the Counseling Center 678-839-6428.

  • University Health Services

    Health Services is centrally located on campus in the round building across from the University Community Center. Call Health Services at 678-839- 6452 to schedule an appointment Monday – Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Health Services is open weekdays from the day the residence halls open through the last day of exams each semester, except during official holidays.

  • UWG Title IX Coordinator

    The UWG Title IX Coordinator (678-839-6403) is available to assist any student or employee free of charge and will help them consider their options and navigate through any resources or recourse they elect to pursue. A victim need not make a formal report to law enforcement to access these resources that include the following. Complaints regarding sex discrimination, sexual harassment or sexual misconduct can be reported to Juanita Hicks, Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Report sexual misconduct or harassment using our online form.

  • Wolf Guardian

    Wolf Guardian is a service that turns your cell phone into a personal panic button. Use of this system is free of charge to all current University of West Georgia students, faculty and staff. Go to your “App Store” and download the RAVE Guardian App. Open the App and insert your UWG e-mail address. Once you do that, you’ll be directed on how to build your profile and activate the system.

  • Wolf Alert

    Wolf Alert is the University’s emergency notification system. This service allows you to be informed in the event of an emergency via your cell phone, text message, landline or e-mail. You may register as many phone numbers and email addresses as you desire. There is no charge for the service and everyone is encouraged to enroll. To register, go to your myUWG portal account and click on the Wolf Alert link in the University Police channel in the middle of the Main page.

  • Office of Community Standards
     

    The University reserves the right to take necessary and appropriate action to protect the safety and well-being of the campus community. The Office of Community Standards provides oversight of the Student Code of Conduct and supports students’ holistic development as responsible citizens within the campus community. Students, faculty, staff, and parents may report any concern related to a campus safety incident at: www.westga.edu/studentconduct/.