Civilian Services

Security Unit


Security operations are provided by:

  • Three Security Supervisors
  • Fourteen Security Officers
  • Approximately 20 Student Security

Main Campus:

The University of Kansas Public Safety Office Security Unit is responsible for patrolling and securing 124 academic, athletic, business and research facilities spanning two campuses. All Security Officers and Supervisors are First Aid/CPR/AED trained. All Security Officers have direct access to the department’s 911 communications center.

Security shares nightly lock-up responsibilities with Facilities Services housekeeping. While patrolling these buildings, security officers enforce the University of Kansas building hour policy and remove any unauthorized subjects who might be in the buildings after posted hours. As part of the building lock ups, Security is also available to respond to lockout calls as per the Building Lockout Policy. To ensure safety, they also prepare write ups reporting various maintenance issues they find in buildings.

In addition, main campus Security is responsible for testing of the campus blue phone system to ensure direct connectivity to the Emergency Communications Center. From 10:00 PM – 05:30 AM, Security officers are available for safety escorts from campus facilities to campus parking lots or to on campus living facilities. To get an escort, call the KUPSO dispatch at 864-5900 (4-5900 from a campus phone) and advise them of your campus location and the campus location to where you need an escort. Dispatch will have a security officer in route as soon as one is available.

Student Security has two primary responsibilities. The first is to monitor the circulation desks in three of the University’s libraries (Spahr, Watson and Anschutz) from 12:00 AM to 08:00 AM to allow for an open, safe overnight study area for University students. If an issue arises, Student Security will contact KUPSO and assist in resolution. The second is to monitor the on-campus CCTV system which records activities in certain areas of the main KU campus and the Edwards campus. Student security monitors watch for suspicious activities and provide information to responding police and other emergency services personnel about the nature of an incident. Full-time Security Officers also monitor the system, as needed.

Spencer Art:

A newer duty to the Public Safety Office is the building and Gallery security at Spencer Museum of Art. Both full-time Security Officers and part-time Student Security monitor the galleries to enforce Spencer Museum’s rules and ensure all patrons have a safe and enjoyable visit.

Edwards Campus:

The Public Safety Office at the Edwards Campus is responsible for the opening and closing of all academic buildings and all classrooms within those buildings and monitor reserved spaces as well as providing core security functions. This includes campus camera monitoring, patrols of all campus areas, responding to possible security concerns on campus, providing emergency first aid and working with municipal and county emergency responders as needed to resolve campus emergencies. Security Officers respond to lockout requests as well as personal escorts from 6:00am – 10:30pm Monday through Saturday and 12pm – 5pm Sundays. The Public Safety Office can be reached by phone at (913) 897-8700 or by visiting the Public Safety Office at Regents Center, Room 107.

Voice, Data, and Record Management Unit

Voice, Data, & Records Management

Emergency Communications

The Public Safety Office Communications Section provides emergency communications coordination for all entities within the university which maintain two-way radio systems; connectivity to those external agencies that provide emergency responses as well. In addition, it acts as the central repository for crime reporting, associated statistical data and criminal history reporting systems.

Electronic Monitoring

The Electronic Monitoring Section has a network of closed circuit TV cameras that are used to monitor certain areas of the main KU campus. The student monitors watch for suspicious activities; provide information to responding police and other emergency services personnel about the nature of an incident. The student monitors also assist University library staff in building closing and front desk security.

Records & Computing

Records and Computing Section is responsible for maintaining the KU Public Safety Office's data and the appropriate release of that data in the form of records. The majority of the data is contained in reports written by the officers. These records may be in paper or electronic format and are stored and disseminated within departmental, state and federal guidelines. The department's data base is maintained through personnel entering data into computers.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.