Emergency Preparedness

Vanderbilt University Public Safety (VUPS)

111 28th Avenue S.


Walking Escort Service

VUPS provides walking escorts for students, faculty, and staff walking to and from any location on campus. The telephone number to call for a walking escort is 615-322-2745.

Emergency Phones

Phones are conveniently located throughout the campus. They are easily recognizable by the blue light atop the pole which houses the emergency phone.  Each phone has an emergency button that, when pressed, automatically dials the VUPS Dispatch Center. An open line on any emergency phone will activate a priority response from an officer. An officer will be sent to check on the user of the phone, even if nothing is communicated to the dispatcher.

Operation ID

Operation ID encourages students to document and label their personal possessions such as bikes, computers, and other electronics. VUPS provides stickers to help identify the items. The information should be kept by the student for quick reference. Students may register their bicycles and laptop computers online at police.vanderbilt.edu/.


AlertVU rapidly sends messages to all Vanderbilt email accounts and delivery points that the user has chosen-cell phone (voice and /or text), landline, and additional email accounts-in the event of an emergency that poses an imminent threat or danger to the Vanderbilt community. Examples of such a threat include a tornado forecasted to strike Vanderbilt or an active aggressor on campus. Users may enter additional phone numbers by which they wish to receive voice or text alerts.

VandySafe Mobile App

VandySafe is a mobile safety application for iOS and Android smartphones. Users of VandySafe can contact VUPD for emergency or non-emergency services.

Users of VandySafe can:

  • Contact VUPS via phone call or real-time chat
  • Submit an iReport
    • Include either a photo or video
  • Trigger a mobile BlueLight, which shares your location instantly with VUPD
  • Request a Virtual Walk home
    • VUPS Dispatch can monitor your walk home, to your car or office
  • Share your location with a friend
  • Explore support resources, such as Facilities and Project Safe
  • View emergency guides
  • Visit vanderbilt.edu/services/vandysafe.php for more information on VandySafe.

*VandySafe users must enable push notifications through the app to receive these messages.


The Vanderbilt University Department of Public Safety administers the VandyRide shuttle bus service at Vanderbilt University. Over the past year, Vanderbilt Student Government has been working in partnership with VUPS and the Dean of Students Office to enhance this program to improve the safety and convenience of the VandyRide Service. You may now view their location on your computer or mobile phone, and you can even set up text message alerts to let you know when a Van will be arriving to your stop. We hope you will enjoy this exciting new service! For complete information about the VandyRide service, including routes, stops, and times, please visit their website at VandyRide.