Latest Updates

Latest Updates

This page serves as the central location for updates and progress on University Safety initiatives.

Updated 11:35 a.m. January 3, 2024

Latest Updates

  • Stop the Bleed kits are on campus, ready to install. Training will begin in February.

  • Additional AED's have been installed.

November 8, 2023:

  • Classroom locks 100%
  • CIRT tabletop exercise took place on 10/10/23
  • Wildcats Take Care campaign kicked off the week of 10/9/23

October 17, 2023:

  • CIRT tabletop exercise took place on 10/10/23
  • Wildcats Take Care campaign kicked off the week of 10/9/23
  • Classroom locks 96% complete

September 26, 2023:

  • 95% of classroom locks are complete. 
  • Topical campaigns on mental health, TAMT, UAlert, and campus safety are complete and will launch in October.
  • The new TAMT director started and the search for a TAMT case manager will resume.

August 29, 2023:

  • All-hazards posters are 100% installed.
  • Locks 91% installed.
  • Final review of topical campaigns related to campus safety, will be on 8/31/23. Delivery is expected 9/8/23. 
  • Instructions on how to access Building Emergency Plans were sent to faculty, staff, and students via various messages.
  • Half of the Stop-the-Bleed kits (275) were ordered, and installation will begin the week of 8/28/23. Training will be provided.

August 9, 2023:

  • More than 170 building emergency plans are complete and will go online by August 11, 2023. A NetID will be required to access the plans. Communication plans are in place to relay the information to students, faculty and staff.
  • 75% locks on classroom doors are complete.
  • 75% of all-hazards posters have been installed.
  • The new Threat Assessment & Management Team (TAMT) director starts August 21, 2023.
  • The Office of Public Safety is hiring a Deputy Chief Safety Officer and a Director of Emergency Management.
  • Draft plans from the support working groups are being reviewed.

July 30, 2023:

  • The new Threat Assessment & Management Team (TAMT) Director starts in August.
  • 275 Stop the Bleed kits have been ordered.
  • 68% locks on classroom doors are complete.
  • 62% of all-hazards posters have been installed.
  • The Babcock perimeter security fence is complete.
  • Recommendations from student, staff, faculty support working groups are being compiled.

July 17, 2023:

  • The new Senior Vice President and Chief Communications and Marketing Officer was named and will begin his role at the University of Arizona in early September.
  • 64% of locks in classrooms are complete.
  • 56% of all-hazards posters have been installed.
  • The Babcock fence is 95% complete.

June 28, 2023:

  • Subcommittees for strategic, collaborative and post-crisis planning will provide suggestions by 7/7/23
  • 52.7% of classroom locks are complete.
  • 36% of the all-hazards posters have been installed.
  • 50% of duress buttons are installed. 
  • Classroom locks, posters and duress buttons will all be installed by the start of school.
  • Crisis communications plans and topical campaigns surrounding mental health, campus safety, UAlert and TAMT are underway.

June 22, 2023:

  • University leaders met with Michigan State leaders to discuss best practices on June 13.
  • The Critical Incident Response Executive Team participated in a tabletop training exercise on June 13.
  • Office of Public Safety direct reports participated in a tabletop training exercise. 
  • Babcock fence is waiting to be painted
  • Classroom locks are 50% complete. All locks are expected to be complete by August 13.
  • 31% of the all-hazard signs have been posted.

June 13, 2023:

  • 85% of the Babcock fence is complete,
  • University leaders are meeting with leaders from Michigan State to discuss best practices.
  • The University's executive team will participate in a table-top exercise on June 13.
  • Locks in classrooms are 45% complete and all-hazards posters in 29% of classroom, both projects will be complete before school starts. 
  • The University is in the process of updating the contact information in UAlert, communications regarding this will begin June 20.

May 31, 2023:

  • The Safety Commission held its second meeting.  The Charge/Mission Statement for the group is being finalized.  Efforts are underway to create a Safety Commission webpage. The Commission is considering hosting Listening Sessions with historically marginalized groups within the campus community.  These sessions will provide people the opportunity to discuss their safety related concerns with CSO Patterson and others.
  • Chief Safety Officer Steve Patterson sent a letter to University leaders Thursday, updating them on safety improvements including the redesign of building emergency plans, installation of classroom locks, and safety posters that are currently going into classrooms.  
  • 92 emergency building plans have been received. The University's Office of Emergency Management is expected to have all plans approved and communicated to the campus community before school starts. 
  • A successful fire drill was held at Campus Health on 5/22/23.
  • The newly formed Employee and Student Support working group met for the first time Friday (5/26/23). They are developing a post-crisis plan to support both groups.
  • Babcock fence is 75% complete. 

May 20, 2023:

  • 32% of classroom locks are complete. All locks on classroom doors will be completed prior to 8/13/23.   
  • About 80 emergency building plans have been received. The University's Office of Emergency Management is expected to have all plans approved and communicated to the campus community before school starts. 
  • Safety procedure posters started going up in all 744 classrooms this week. We anticipate this work will be completed before the start of the fall semester. The safety procedures will also be provided in the syllabus for each class.
  • An Office of Public Safety email has been set up for individuals to contact the office with questions and feedback: publicsafety@arizona.edu 

May 12, 2023:

  • The first campus safety walk through with UAPD, FM, Risk Management and Residence Life was completed Tuesday night. Outside lighting and landscape was reviewed, another campus safety walk through will be planned later this summer. 
  • Safety procedure posters will be posted in all 744 classrooms over the next month. The information will also be provided in the syllabus.  
  • 28% of classroom locks are complete. All locks on classroom doors will be completed prior to 8/13/23.  
  • 72 emergency building plans have been received and approved by the University's Office of Emergency Management. Exercises and training are being planned. 

May 5, 2023:

  • Chris Olson was named Interim Police Chief and started work on Wednesday (5/3/23).
  • Work is underway to create a crisis mobile team that can provide crisis support through UArizona counseling services.  
  • 27% of the locks for classrooms are complete, all locks on classroom doors will be complete prior to 8/13/23. 
  • President Robbins and Interim Chief Safety Officer Steve Patterson attended a student forum and a staff forum where they discussed campus safety and answered questions. A CAPS (Counseling and Psych Services) representative was also a panelist at the student forum. Future forums are being discussed.
  • Campus colleagues were reminded via email to view the Active Shooter Video which is available in Edge learning and on the CIRT website. 

May 4, 2023:

  • President Robbins announced several leadership and organizational changes and actions that will take effect in the weeks ahead. He named Chris Olson as Interim Chief of the University of Arizona Police Department. 
  • Keyless access for one of our bigger buildings on campus will be completed by mid-August. An additional nine buildings are in the process of design, and installation will be taking place through next year.
  • Currently 25.3% of the locks slated to be installed on campus, are complete.
  • All locks on classroom doors will be completed prior to 8/13/23.

April 14, 2023:

  • Creating the position of Chief Safety Officer is a major first step in a new approach to coordinating safety initiatives across our community, and Steve Patterson, a 25-year FBI veteran, will serve in the role in an interim capacity, ahead of a national search.
  • To further provide the University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD) with appropriate specialized support and to best align with our security and safety objectives, the UAPD reporting line will shift from the Department of Business Affairs to the new chief safety officer, starting May 1. 
  • new campus safety advisory commission will directly advise CSO Steve Patterson as he oversees implementation of the PAX Report recommendations.
  • The Incident Command System (ICS) team will address and track progress in implementing the PAX Report's recommendations.

UA News

Email Communications

DATE AUTHOR COMMUNICATIONS LINK
February 12, 2024 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Safety Updates: UAPD Email Notification Test, Safety Tips and More
January 24, 2024 Office of Public Safety How We – And You! – Are Keeping Campus Safe

DATE AUTHOR COMMUNICATIONS LINK
December 15, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Important Safety Information – Off-Campus Crimes
December 8, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Assistant Vice President & Chief of Police Search Complete  
November 17, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Campus Safety Updates and Important Reminders
November 16, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Campus Safety Updates and Important Reminders
October 24, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Campus Threat Suspect Arrested
September 20, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Public Safety Information and Updates
September 8, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Public Safety Information and Updates
September 7, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer New Safety Preparedness Training Requirement
August 28, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President Tragedy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
August 17, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Campus Safety Updates for the 2023-24 School Year
August 16, 2023 Interim Provost Marx and Interim CSO Patterson Sharing Important Safety Resources
August 15, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer Public Safety Information and Updates

DATE AUTHOR COMMUNICATIONS LINK
July 5, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President Bohlander Appointed SVP, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer
June 29, 2023 Office of Public Safety UAlert Confirmation: Check Your Text Messages
June 20, 2023 Office of Public Safety Important UAlert Updates
June 16, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President Juneteenth, Desert Agriculture, and Classroom Safety Posters
May 10, 2023 Steve Patterson, Interim Chief Safety Officer My Priority as Interim Chief Safety Officer
April 21, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President Recap of the April 14 University Safety Update Briefing and Other News
April 13, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President University Safety Briefing
April 10, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President UAPD Reporting Structure
March 27, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President Campus Security Update: PAX Group Report (includes video)
February 6, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President Feb. 21 Sessions: Recognizing and Responding to Concerning or Threatening Behavior
January 18, 2023 Robert C. Robbins, President Campus Safety Update

DATE AUTHOR COMMUNICATIONS LINK
October 25, 2022 Robert C. Robbins, President Campus Safety and Security Update
October 17, 2022 Robert C. Robbins, President Campus Safety Followup
October 10, 2022 Robert C. Robbins, President Campus Security Update
October 7, 2022 Robert C. Robbins, President A video message from President Robbins
October 6, 2022 Robert C. Robbins, President Healing Our Community, Family Weekend
October 5, 2022 Robert C. Robbins, President Caring for Our University Community