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Campus Safety

McCasland Field House on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus, at twlight.



The Department of Campus Safety reports to the OU Vice President of Operations and is composed of the following elements: 

Our Mission is to assist in providing a safe environment for the University's students, faculty, staff, and visitors through education, planning, monitoring, enforcement codes, regulations and standards.

Our objective is to achieve a University culture that emphasizes safety.  This includes maintenance of life safety systems, safe buildings, events and activities, and emergency planning in a manner that enhances the quality of the University's campus operations and the lives of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

Campus Information

OU Police Department

EMERGENCY: Call 9-1-1

NON-EMERGENCY: Call (405) 325-1717

COVID Updates

People attending a severe weather drill.

The Great Eight For Your In-Home Tornado Refuge Area

  1. Tennis Shoes: Glass is the most vulnerable exterior material in your house. You don't want to be barefoot or in your socks if your windows break.
  2. Bicycle Helmet: Prevention of head injury is the most important action should your house be hit by a tornado.
  3. Bottled Water & Snacks: If you DO get stranded in your place of refuge, you will want plenty of water to get you through.
  4. Leash For Your Pet: Take your pets WITH you to your shelter and put them on a leash.
  5. Battery Operated Radio/Weather Radio: Buy one! It is worth it.  If your power goes out, you will want to be able to hear what is happening in your area.
  6. First Aid Kit: You should have one anyway!
  7. Flashlight (New Batteries): Power outages are the most likely impact with storms in your area.  You likely already have one! Put new batteries in it now!
  8. Phone Charger: A tornado watch should prompt you to put your phone on a charger.  Take a full-battery portable phone charger with you to your refuge area.

*If there is time, close all doors, especially the interior bathroom/closet/hallway doors.

Advance Planning is Essential


Be familiar with at least TWO fire exits in your area in case one is blocked or unusable.
Know the locations of the Blue Emergency Phones in your area.

Fire safety training using an extinguisher.

Upon Discovery of a Fire:

  • Call 911 to reach the OU Police Department.
  • Activate the fire alarm and give a verbal alarm to others. Fire alarm pulls are generally located near the exits.
  • If it is safe to do so and does not impede your evacuation, quickly gather your personal belongings and proceed to your nearest exit.
  • In multi-level buildings, exit using the stairways only. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS.
  • If it is safe to do so on your way out, close all doors leading to the main hallways to prevent further spread of the fire. NEVER prop stairwell doors open as this will allow smoke and heat to enter the stairwell.
  • Once outside, move to your Emergency Assembly Area.
  • Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. Remain upwind from smoke and fumes.
  • Wait for further instructions from OU Police or emergency personnel. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO by OU Police or properly identified emergency personnel.

If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop to the floor and roll covering your face with your hands. Smother the fire with a blanket, rug or heavy coat. Call for help. If you encounter heavy smoke stay low to the floor.