Parking Permit Assigned Areas

Remember your permit only allows you to park in certain areas:

Purple decal (student): White spaces;

Green decal (resident): Green and White spaces;

Yellow decal (faculty and staff): Yellow and White spaces;

Visitor and Reserved Parking: Purple spaces;

Meter Parking: Orange spaces;

All spaces are marked with UCA Permit Parking and with color coordinated lines.

After 4:30 PM and before 6:30 AM Monday thru Friday and weekends, drivers are free to park in any areas except for handicapped, resident, reserved, and lots signed as Enforced 24/7.

Prepare! Don’t let Tornadoes Take You by Surprise

Get Weather Ready

If your area is under a tornado warning, would you know what to do to stay safe? You may only have a few minutes to get to safety. Knowing what actions to take when a tornado threatens your area will make you a Force of Nature and is an important step in building a Weather-Ready Nation. For more info. on tornadoes and tornado safety, see:
http://www.spc.noaa.gov/faq/tornado/

The links below will help you find out what you can do now to prepare for a tornado. Preparation is key to staying safe and minimizing impacts.

  • Be Weather-Ready: Check the forecast regularly to see if you’re at risk for tornadoes. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings. Check the Weather-Ready Nation for tips.
  • Sign Up for Notifications: Know how your community sends warnings. Some communities have outdoor sirens. Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents of severe storms capable of producing tornadoes.
  • Create a Communications Plan: Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information. Pick a safe room in your home, such as a basement, storm cellar, or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Check more ideas for your family plan at: https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
  • Practice Your Plan: Conduct a family severe thunderstorm drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching. Make sure all members of your family know to go there when tornado warnings are issued. Don’t forget pets if time allows.
  • Prepare Your Home: Consider having your safe room reinforced. You can find plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection on the Federal Emergency Management Agency website.
  • Know your campus Building Emergency Plan BEP 
  • Help Your Neighbor: Encourage your loved ones to prepare for the possibility of tornadoes. Take CPR training so you can help if someone is hurt.

Download Thunderstorms, Lightning, Tornadoes for more science and safety tips.

Here are 10 tips to help drinkers and non-drinkers alike stay safe on spring break:

Arrive safely – Driving through the night to make it down to Florida or other sunny destinations is common for spring breakers. However, the National Safety Council says traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day. If you cannot avoid night driving, have at least one-person stay awake to talk to driver.

Do not take chances at your hotel. Lock the doors, and secure important belongings like passports and wallets in the safe.

Be smart about who you give personal information out to – do not tell new acquaintances your hotel or room number. You never know who has innocent or dangerous intentions.

Make sure you know the name and address of your hotel or take a hotel business card out with you so you can give to a cab driver. This is especially important if you do not speak the local language.

The Buddy System – it works! We do NOT recommend you leave a party with a stranger, it is always best to take a friend with you. If for whatever reason you do leave without your friends, give them details about where you are going and when to expect you back.

Practice safe drinking – take turns so that one friend in the group per night will plan on minimal drinking to look out for everyone. Other good habits – watching your cup or glass, and only accept drinks that you have watched get made or poured in front of you.

If you need help, ask for it. If there is an emergency, do not rely on a bystander to call for help. Call for help yourself to be sure first responders or police gets the message.

Hydrate & wear sunscreen! Heat stroke and melanoma are not happy spring break thoughts, but too much time in the sun can leave you dehydrated with an increased risk of sunburns. Take your SPF and a bottle of water to the beach!

If travelling outside of the country, be sure to look up the address or contact information for the American consulate or U.S. Embassy in the country where you are headed. Be sure to tell friends and relatives in the U.S. of your travel itinerary and try to check in with them often. Also, take a copy of all credit cards and your passport with you in case they are stolen. Call your credit card and cash cards in advance to let them know you will be out of the country so they will not put a stop on your account. In addition, the best exchange rates are with these cards, not in exchanging dollars for the local currency.

Carry a small, practical, and easy to use personal protection tool like pepper spray or a personal alarm.

Parking Lot Closure for Fall Fest Map

Please be aware that the parking lot shown in red on the the map will close on October 14th at 5pm.  All vehicles must be removed from the lots during the closures.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The lots will re-open after the removal of the rides.  Please refer to the Fall Fest link for more information.  Thanks and GO BEARS!

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National Campus Safety Awareness Month

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September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM) and UCAPD is partnering with the UCA Community to provide a full schedule of events and programming to raise awareness and promote safety with the start of the new academic year.

 

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Week

Greek Village Safety Presentation – Reynolds Performance Hall

Tuesday, September 6   7:30-8:30

-Residents will receive information on topics including: Emergency Procedures, Alcohol Policies, Situational Awareness, and the Clery Act.  *Event is restricted to residents of Greek Village

 

Self-Defense Class – HPER Center

Tuesday, September 6    8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

-Students, faculty, and staff will receive information on the meaning of self-defense and the laws that can protect them. Verbal Judo will be discussed and there will be hands-on instruction.

 

Clothes Line Project – Amphitheater

Wednesday, September 7   10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

–The UCA Counseling Center and the Conway Women’s Shelter presents this awareness program that focuses on domestic violence. T-shirts designed by survivors of domestic violence are displayed and the consequence (sometimes deadly) of domestic violence is outlined.

 

Self-Defense Class – Bear Hall

Wednesday, September 7    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

-Students, faculty, and staff will receive information on the meaning of self-defense and the laws that can protect them. Verbal Judo will be discussed and there will be hands-on instruction.

 

Title IX speaker – Jeff Bucholtz

Thursday, September 8  (Times and Venues Vary)

-National sexual violence prevention expert Jeff Bucholtz will present seminars to students and faculty/staff about consent, sexual violence, and Title IX.

 

Counseling Center Boot Camp, “Ready, Sex…..?” – Student Health Center, 307

Thursday, September 8    1:40p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

-Officer Hopper, UCA PD, and, Reesa Ramsahai, staff counselor, will discuss predatory behavior, techniques to increase personal safety, and consent. All genders welcome.

 

Theft Prevention Week         

Situational Awareness Class – Arkansas Hall

Tuesday, September 13    5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

-Students, faculty, and staff will receive information on the meaning of situational awareness and how to be proactive about personal safety.

 

Self-Defense Class – HPER Center

Tuesday, September 13    8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

-Students, faculty, and staff will receive information on the meaning of self-defense and the laws that can protect them. Verbal Judo will be discussed and there will be hands-on instruction.

 

Operation Identification – Student Center

Wednesday, September 14    1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

– Students, faculty, and staff will receive information on how to register valuables in Operation ID and will have the opportunity to register onsite.

 

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events – UCAPD Outreach Center 

Wednesday, September 14    5:00 p.m.

– With all of the Active shooter events happening across the world, it only makes sense to be prepared. This is what the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program will do. Come and let UCA Police department open your eyes on how to survive.

 

Personal Safety Week

UCAAlert System TEST- A cell phone near you!

Thursday, September 20   1:40 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

-In the event of an emergency which poses an immediate threat to the campus community, the UCA Police Department will use the UCAAlert system to notify the campus community through text/voice messages and email.

 

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events – UCAPD Outreach Center 

Thursday, September 20    11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.

– With all of the Active shooter events happening across the world, it only makes sense to be prepared. This is what the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program will do. Come and let UCA Police department open your eyes on how to survive.

 

Brake for Bears! – A crosswalk near you!

Wednesday, September 21    7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

– UCAPD and the Student Government Association are once again teaming up to promote pedestrian safety through the Brake for Bears campaign. Volunteers and UCA Police officers will encourage safety awareness throughout the morning at various crosswalks around campus by distributing pedestrian safety information and, while supplies last, official Brake for Bears t-shirts.

 

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events – UCAPD Outreach Center

Thursday, September 22    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

– With all of the Active shooter events happening across the world, it only makes sense to be prepared. This is what the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program will do. Come and let UCA Police department open your eyes on how to survive.

 

Self-Defense Class – Carmichael Hall

Thursday, September 22    6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.

-Students, faculty, and staff will receive information on the meaning of self-defense and the laws that can protect them. Verbal Judo will be discussed and there will be hands-on instruction.

 

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week

Wrecked Car – Short/Denny Hall

Monday, September 26 – Friday, September 30

-A wrecked vehicle will be available for the community to write stories and experiences of how alcohol has impacted their lives.

 

Self-Defense Class – HPER Center

Thursday, September 29    8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

-Students, faculty, and staff will receive information on the meaning of self-defense and the laws that can protect them. Verbal Judo will be discussed and there will be hands-on instruction.

 

Walk the Line – Student Center Courtyard

Monday, September 26    10:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.

-Students are invited to try to ‘Walk the Line’ while wearing “Fatal Vision” alcohol impairment simulation goggles.

 

“Impaired Driving” Pedal Cars – In front of the Student Center

Wednesday, September 28   10:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.

-Students are invited to navigate a driving course in pedal cars while wearing “Fatal Vision” alcohol impairment simulations goggles.

 

OPERATION GOTCHA!! SOMETIME IN SEPTEMBER, SO WATCH YOUR STUFF!!

–UCAPD will partner with Housing & Residence Life and Torreyson Library staff for Operation Gotcha! Officers and authorized staff will check residence halls and the library for unattended valuables and unlocked doors. Students will receive a “Gotcha” tag if items are found unattended.

 

UCA is a safe campus and it takes all of us working together to keep it that way!

These programs and events would not be possible without the support and collaborative efforts of the following departments and student groups:

Housing and Residence Life

Student Wellness and Development

Student Life

Greek Life

UCA Counseling Center

Diversity and Community

Physical Plant

SGA

UCA HPER Center

All Greek Council

80 Proof

Torreyson Library

Executive Staff

Volunteer for Brake for Bears Fall 2016

UCAPD and the UCA Community come together to promote pedestrian safety through the ‘Brake for Bears’ campaign. On specific dates, volunteers and UCA Police officers encourage safety awareness throughout the day at various crosswalks around campus by distributing pedestrian safety information and, while supplies last, official Brake for Bears t-shirts.

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Volunteers are needed for the Fall 2016 Brake for Bears on

September 21st! 

Sign up HERE!!

Parking Lot Closure for Football Map

Please be aware that the parking lots shown in red on the the map will close the day before each home football game.  All vehicles must be removed from the lots during the closures.  Additionally, Bruce St. will close the morning of each home football game.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  The lots will re-open after the conclusion of each game.  Please refer to the UCA Football Schedule for a listing of home games.  Thanks and GO BEARS!

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Pokémon GO

On Tuesday, July 12th, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a statement on safety concerns regarding Pokémon Go. NSC is urging pedestrians to use caution when playing the game and asking drivers to “refrain from playing the game behind the wheel.” Reports of pedestrian-auto accidents, robberies, and minor crimes and incidents are coming in as use of the game spreads.
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Here are a few safety tips to follow:
  1. Always be aware of your surroundings, and look up from your phone frequently;
  2. Do not play the game at night and stay out of poorly lit areas;
  3. Try to stay in public areas where other people are around;
  4. Stay clear of alleyways, tunnels and other secluded areas; and
  5. Make sure that someone else knows that you are playing, and what area you will be playing in.
For now, play safe, think safe, and catch those Pokémon!

What You Can Do When There Is a Bomb Threat

seesay2Bomb threats are rare, but should always be taken seriously. How quickly and safely you react to a bomb threat could save lives, including your own. What should you do?

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Call 9-1-1 immediately and report a bomb threat to local law enforcement providing as much detail as you can.
  3. Follow law enforcement instructions.
  4. Evacuate the area and seek protective cover from the bomb and potential debris—these are the best ways to avoid injury.
  5. Do NOT approach or inspect suspicious items or unattended packages.
  6. Do NOT congregate near the incident scene as onlookers may impede first responders and law enforcement.

For more information go to Homeland Security

Reach for Safer Medicine

June is National Safety Month (NSM), a time to focus on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the roads, and in our homes and communities. Led by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit membership organization that has been a leading safety advocacy group for more than 100 years, NSM highlights four different safety topics weekly throughout the month.  This week we focus on medication safety.

Week 2 Tip Sheet

Please remember there is a permanent drop-box unwanted medication located at the entrance of the UCA Police Department.  It is accessible 24 hours a day.  If you have any questions, please contact us at 501-450-3111.