Safety on campus

Overview

UBC is a safe place. In addition to the welcoming community on campus, there are many people at UBC who can help you feel safe and supported. 

If you see something, say something. Everyone plays a part in keeping our campus safe, so let’s look out for each other.

Keep your stuff safe

Don’t leave valuables like your phone or computer unattended in libraries and other public spaces. It can only take a few seconds for them to disappear.

As a preventative measure, upload free device location software like Find My iPhone to track your phone or computer if it should ever be lost or stolen.

If you bike to campus, investing in a high-quality lock goes a long way to preventing bike theft. See helpful tips on keeping your bike safe and cycling to campus. 

If you lose something on campus, you can search the Lost and Found Database to see if your item has been turned in. Most lost items will typically be brought to the on-campus Lost and Found desk.

Walk with a buddy

If you don’t feel comfortable walking around campus by yourself, particularly in the dark, plan to walk with friends, or contact AMS Safewalk for a co-ed team to walk with you or drive you to your destination.

Safewalk is available until 2:00 am. After that, UBC Campus Security will gladly provide the same service.

Stay safe online

Watch out for emails that do not seem legitimate as they can be phishing emails, which try to steal your personal info by inviting you to click on links.

Remember that UBC will never send you an email asking for your Campus-Wide Login or password. 

Visit Privacy Matters @ UBC to learn more about how to stay safe online, including how to encrypt your computer and mobile devices.

Beware of scams

Unfortunately, there are many different frauds and scams out there, such as those impersonating government departments like the Canada Revenue Agency.

See the RCMP website for valuable tips on how to protect your money—and remember: if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

If you suspect a phone call, email, rental, job offer, or anything else may be a scam, or if you have been the victim of a scam, the best thing to do is call the police at 911.

Know the signs of an overdose

At UBC, in Vancouver, and around North America, a deadly painkiller called fentanyl is being mixed into street and party drugs, like ecstasy, methamphetamines, and cocaine. In recent years, fentanyl has increased overdose deaths by close to 80%.

If you use or plan to use illicit drugs, make a plan to stay safe and know how to recognize the signs of an overdose.

You can also get a free and confidential naloxone kit from Student Health Service or UBC Urgent Care.

Reach out for sexual assault support

Contact Campus Security anytime

Campus Security is available 24/7. Call 604 822 2222 if you need help, feel threatened, or notice suspicious activity.

You can also reach them immediately on a Blue Phone, one of 40 blue-coloured poles on campus that have the word "Assistance" printed on them.

Get help if you’re injured

For medical emergencies, please call 911. 

If you’re injured, you can visit UBC Student Health Service on campus, or go to Urgent Care at the UBC Hospital.

If you need help getting to a class or another location on campus due to mobility issues, book a ride on the Accessibility Shuttle.

Sign up for safety updates

Campus Security works to ensure the safety of everyone at UBC. They send out safety alerts to ensure all students, staff, and faculty are up to date with any safety news and information.

To stay in the loop, sign up for their safety alerts.

Report unsafe campus features

When you notice broken lights, overgrown landscaping, or unsafe building infrastructure, please contact Building Operations.

If you need help

The most important thing you can do is to reach out if you need assistance for yourself or for others.