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Department of Public Safety

Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Department of Public Safety understands the concerns students and staff have with regard to their safety and our goal is to provide a safe and secure environment.

To ensure that students, staff and their possessions are protected as much as possible, we have developed a policy and set of procedures with your maximum safety in mind. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Parking privileges and vehicle decals
  • Controlled access points for campus

This system also includes an intentional awareness program that helps students, faculty and staff recognize a situation or incident and provide them with the education and tools to take the proper steps.

For the Department of Public Safety, a safe campus is our main goal. Following and obeying all security policies will help to ensure that GCU stays safe for everyone. 

Surviving an Active Shooter

GCU’s locations have sirens that sound if a shooter is onsite. Prepare yourself for this event by watching “Run, Hide, Fight: Surviving an Active Shooting Event”.  

Incident Reporting System
If you witness, or are aware of a potenTips Incident Reportingtial risk to another student, faculty or staff member, you may file a report through our online "TIPS" reporting tool.  

Parents, students, faculty and staff may use this system to report a range of incidents such as: bullying, vandalism, suspicious activity, academic cheating or possession of an illegal substance. The appropriate university department will investigate all reports. Your information will remain confidential and you have the option to submit the form anonymously.

If you have an emergency, please dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Parking Privileges and Vehicle Decals
GCU students, faculty and staff are required to have a parking permit to park on campus. Parking permits can be purchased online or by visiting the Campus Operations Office located in the Student Union. Students who have registered for handicapped parking permits online will not receive them until they have supplied acceptable medical documentation supporting a request for accommodations through the Student Disability Office.

All parking permits must be displayed in the lower portion of the driver's side windshield when parking on campus. Failure to display a permit could result in your vehicle being cited, wheel-locked or impounded.

Vehicle Problems
Public Safety may assist by starting or pushing vehicles, providing air or water for your vehicle and other reasonable assistance required to aid the temporarily stranded motorist.

Safety Escort Program
Public Safety will provide an officer safety escort by request. We will also make available mobile transports for those who have medical emergencies/injuries or disabilities. To schedule a safety escort, please call 602-639-8100 and be sure to give your name, location and destination.

public-safety-blue-light-phoneEmergency Blue Light Phones 
Public Safety continuously monitors "blue light"emergency phones and elevator emergency telephones. Each phone is direct-dial, one button push-to-talk and, when activated the "blue light" phones also display a flashing light on each phone's pole. Officers respond to all activations of phones in this system without exceptions. Use these phones to report safety concerns such as suspicious incidents, persons or emergencies only!

Wellness Check
As part of GCU's goal to keep students safe and ensure their well-being, there is a process that staff and faculty can utilize to report concerns about a specific student. If any staff or faculty member identifies that a student has expressed thoughts or threats to harm themselves or others, we encourage you to contact The Department of Public Safety will attempt to intervene and provide appropriate guidance to ensure the student's well-being.



Emergency Action Plan

For Assistance
Please call 602-639-8100.
Be sure to give your name, location and destination.

Our main office is located in Camelback Hall. Throughout the day we have several officers that are on mobile patrol.

R.A.V.E. Emergency Text Notification
All registered students are added Text Alertsto the GCU notification alert system by the beginning of their term. Please check with your Student Service Advisor to ensure your correct contact information has been received. When necessary, you will be notified of emergency situations via email and/or phone. Your cell phone provider may charge a per-text message fee for the delivery of emergency notifications to your phone.

ID Cards
All GCU students and staff are responsible for obtaining a GCU ID card. Your ID is required to be carried at all times when on campus and will grant access to campus facilities. The GCU Department of Public Safety has the right to request your ID at any time.

Visitor Access 
Anyone who brings a guest to GCU is responsible for making relevant university policies and regulations known to them and must accept the responsibility for their conduct during their visit.

Lost and Found
Lost and Found is located in Camelback Hall (in the Public Safety Office), Bldg 37, Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.  To inquire about or report any lost or stolen items, please call 602-639-8100.

Zero Tolerance Policy
GCU has a "Zero Tolerance" policy as it relates to violations of university policies and the law. Arizona laws, specifically regarding marijuana use, are stricter than many surrounding states. Students, faculty and staff are expected to be knowledgeable of the laws and know that use on campus can result in arrest by the Phoenix Police Department. 

Safety Records
To view a copy of our safety records, visit GCU at the US Department of Education site

Fire Safety and Education for College Students
For an outline of risk factors and school and student responsibilities for fire safety, read the  FEMA Campus Fire Safety brochure here.