Safety and Security

UMKC has one of the lowest rates of serious crime of any university in the country. We also have fewer drug- and alcohol-related crimes than most other colleges and universities. With a campus police department that is staffed 24 hours a day and 98 emergency telephones located across campus, your safety is a priority. UMKC is safe because faculty, students and staff approach campus safety as a shared responsibility.

Campus Notification Methods

UMKC Alert includes emails, notices on UMKC’s website and notices to radio and television news media. Anyone with a UMKC ID can sign up for emergency text and voice messaging through UMKC Alert, as well.

Police Department

Our staff of commissioned police officers covers the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact them at 816-235-1515 to report behaviors that are of concern.

Learn more about the UMKC Police Department

Emergency Phones

UMKC’s emergency phones are located beneath blue lights in parking and walking areas all across campus. You can also use these boxes to ask for directions or to report a crime or accident. Just push the button on the blue box and talk into the speaker, and you’ll automatically be in touch with campus police

Student Identification Cards

Only residents of each hall have access to locked doors with their student ID. Residents must sign in their guests and show their IDs when entering the building.


If you see unusual, threatening or dangerous behavior 

Safety concerns should always be reported. Here’s where to start:

Contact the UMKC Police at 816-235-1515 or 911 in the case of an emergency. You can make a confidential report through the Silent Witness program.

Contact the University HelpLine at 816-235-2222. This is the primary office where students can report suspicious or threatening behavior or concerns about fellow students.

Bike Safety 

There are a number of things to keep in mind when riding your bike, including legal requirements, on-road safety and bike securityRead More

Missouri Bicycle Requirements

  • In Missouri, bicycles and motorized bicycles may ride on any street except travel lanes of interstate highways or where prevented by a local law. (Motorized bicycles must be licensed as mopeds.)
  • Bicyclists have the same rules, rights and responsibilities as other drivers. For example, bicyclists must stop at stop signs and drive on the right-hand side of the road. Anyone riding slower than the speed limit shall stay as far to the right-hand side as safely as possible.
  • Anyone riding between sunset and sunrise must have a headlight on the front, a red reflector or tail light on the back, reflective material or a light on the moving parts of the bicyclist or bike and reflective material or lights on the sides of the back.
  • All bikes must have brakes that work.
  • Bicycles may be ridden on sidewalks except in busy downtown areas and where prevented by local law. Pedestrians have the right-of-way, and bicyclists must alert walkers by voice, horn, or bell. Motorized bicycles may not be ridden on sidewalks.
  • No bicyclist may hold onto another vehicle.
  • Use turn and stop hand signals at all times when operating a bicycle or motorized bicycle on Missouri streets and highways.
  • Traffic signals often fail to detect bicyclists – meaning that the signal won’t cycle and give you the green. Bicyclists can sometimes proceed through a red light, but only under very specific conditions: 1) You come to a complete stop. 2) The traffic signal shows a red light for an unreasonable amount of time and appears to be malfunctioning. 3) You wait for a safe break in cross traffic – both vehicles and pedestrians.

On-Road Safety Suggestions

  • Wear safety gear. Always wear a helmet. Wearing sunglasses, gloves and bike shorts are a good idea, too.
  • Obey the law. Not stopping at a stop sign is dangerous and makes motorists feel that a bicyclist isn’t being fair.
  • People in cars have someplace to go – don’t hold them up without a good reason.
  • Nighttime reduces visibility. Nighttime bicyclists should have bright lights and wear reflective clothing.
  • Ride single file in traffic. State law allows bicyclists to ride side-by-side, but only when they are not impeding (blocking or slowing down) other vehicles. Otherwise, you must ride single file to the right as far as safely possible.
  • Take extra care when passing parking lot exits and other driveways.
  • Remain alert and in control of your bike at all times. This includes refraining from the use of MP3 players and utilizing both hands for steering.
  • Be aware of opening car doors and issues with the riding surface (potholes, litter, etc.).

Bike Security

  • Use a U-lock to secure your bike. At least lock your rear wheel and frame to a bike rack and use a second lock to secure the front wheel to the frame. Do not leave your bike locked “free standing.” A thief can easily walk away with the bike and remove the lock later.
  • Do not park your bike in a doorway, on stairs or blocking any handicapped access. Use a bike rack.
  • Keep a record of your bike registration so that if your bike is stolen, you can provide information for a police report. You should keep a record of the registration/tag number, make, model, serial number, size, color and number of speeds of the bike.

Bus Safety

UMKC students have access to the KC Metro with their student ID. Here are a few tips to help keep you safe and assist with your ride on buses Read More

Code of Conduct
Municipal and state ordinances state that failure to comply with the following may result in criminal prosecution.

  • Pay the proper fare.
  • No smoking, eating or drinking on the bus.
  • Do not bring weapons onto the bus.
  • Only service animals and small pets in cages or carriers are allowed to ride.
  • Do not solicit money or distribute literature on the bus.
  • Do not be disruptive.

Bus Courtesy

  • Exercise common courtesy so that everyone has a pleasant experience.
  • Be at the designated bus stop five (5) minutes prior to the scheduled arrival time.
  • Have your fare ready; UMKC ID card, cash, transfer or monthly pass. Bus operators do not make change.
  • Let passengers off the bus before you get on.
  • Shirt/top and shoes are required to ride the bus. Hoods or masks must be removed when you board the bus.
  • Respect fellow passengers and the bus operator. Treat them as you would wish to be treated.
  • Use appropriate language and content in your conversations. No cursing; use your inside voice.
  • Use earphones to listen to personal entertainment devices.
  • The front seats are designated for the elderly or persons with disabilities. Please accommodate them even if it means you must stand for your trip.
  • If a passenger boards while carrying a child on a full bus, kindly offer them your seat.
  • Do not lie down or take more room than you need.
  • Limit personal items to those you can personally carry.
  • Keep your feet off the seat.

Follow these important safety rules so that everyone arrives safely at their destination.

  • Remember, it is unsafe to board after the bus leaves a stop.
  • Keep valuable items between your side and the wall of the vehicle, not on the aisle side of you where they could be grabbed by someone deboarding. Maintain a firm hold on all personal items you place on the floor, and keep aisles and doorways clear of personal items.
  • Travel with a companion when possible, especially at night.
  • When possible, sit up front, close to the driver so that s/he can see you.
  • After boarding, move behind the yellow line to ensure the operator can see his right outside mirror and through the bus doors.
  • Be familiar with the bus schedule – particularly when the last bus runs. Have cab fare and taxi phone number in case you are stranded.
  • Have a seat. If you must stand, hold on to the stanchion bars or straps.
  • Move out of the aisle if possible to make way for boarding and alighting passengers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at bus stops and when on public transportation. Stay alert even when listening to MP3 players, talking on your cell phone, reading, etc.
  • Be wary of strangers wanting to borrow your cell phone or asking for money.
  • Ring the bell in a timely manner before your intended stop, allowing the bus operator ample time to stop smoothly and safely.
  • Exit at the rear door when possible.
  • After alighting, move a safe distance from the bus.
  • NEVER cross (step) in front of the bus, unless it is stopped at a red light.
  • Don’t be reluctant to move away from a passenger who makes you feel uncomfortable or is bothering you. If they persist, notify the operator.
  • Notify the police of any crime as soon as possible.

Top 10 Safety Tips

  1. Look up! Don’t get so engrossed in text messaging or iPod surfing that you let your guard down.
  2. Lock it up. Never leave your room or personal items unattended.
  3. Don’t walk alone. Use the buddy system to make sure you’re never alone after normal campus hours.
  4. Know the people you live with. Never let strangers into the residence halls or apartment complex without proper ID.
  5. Memorize 1515. Keep the Campus Police phone number in your cell and in your room.
  6. Plan the safest route. Know the locations of emergency call boxes.
  7. Sign up for UMKC Alert! Take responsibility for your safety.
  8. Trust your gut. If something seems suspicious, call Campus Police.
  9. Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t take unnecessary risks with personal safety.
  10. Play it safe. Obey campus rules and state laws about alcohol and drug use.