Safety on campus

Everyone plays a role in making UBC’s Vancouver campus a safe and welcoming place.

Fostering a respectful environment

At UBC, respect is fundamental!

The best way to keep our campus safe is to look out for each other and to reach out when we need help ourselves.

Respect is fundamental to the way we learn, work, and live at UBC. We value civility, diversity, opportunity, and inclusion, and we won’t tolerate disrespect, bullying, harassment, or violence. Learn more about UBC's Respectful Environment Statement.

Keep yourself and others safe

The basics

  • In an immediate threat to safety, call 9.1.1.
  • Trust your instincts: If you need help, feel threatened, or notice suspicious activity, call Campus Security on a Blue Phone or at 604.822.2222.
  • Practice being aware of your surroundings.
  • Remember that asserting your own personal boundaries is your right.
  • Respect others’ boundaries and treat them with respect.
  • Always get consent if you’re going to engage in sexual activity with someone. Consent is a freely given and enthusiastic 'yes!'.
  • If you see someone who needs help, or you see others engaging in harmful behaviour, speak up and get involved or contact someone who can assist. Stand up for the respect you and others deserve. 

Know your options for getting around campus

If you don’t want to walk alone after dark, you don’t have to. Plan to walk with friends, or contact AMS Safewalk or UBC Campus Security for a friendly escort across campus. You might also consider taking TransLink Community Shuttles to get around campus.

UBC Campus Security escort across campus
AMS Safewalk escort across campus
  • 604.822.2181
TransLink Community Shuttles

Keep your stuff safe

  • Don’t leave valuables like your phone or computer unattended. It can only take a few seconds for them to disappear.
  • Password protect your mobile devices to keep them secure.
  • Install location software on each mobile device so it’s easier to find if lost or stolen.
  • Use a strong lock for your bike.
  • Make copies of your important documents (including passport, study permit and/or work permit) and lock the originals somewhere safe. If you don’t drive, consider carrying a BCID
  • Consider using encrypted or password-enabled external drives.
  • Keep personal data safe. Don’t share credit card numbers, your student number, passwords, phone number, or address on social networks or on sites that aren’t secure. Reputable organizations will never ask for your personal information over email.

What to do if you see something unsafe

It’s OK to feel unsure about how to respond. Choosing any action over remaining silent is always the best option.

Emergencies, immediate threats to safety, or crimes in progress:

Call 911

Threats, bullying, harassment, or harmful behaviour:

Call Campus Security, 604.822.2222

Broken lights, overgrown landscaping, or unsafe building infrastructure:

Call Building Operations, 604.822.2173

If you need help

There are many people at UBC who can help you feel safe and supported. If you need assistance for yourself or for others, the most important thing you can do is to reach out. The following services are available: