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Public Safety

Public Safety

Campus safety is our priority. 

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) at Butler University is dedicated to keeping our campus safe. We offer educational and awareness programs on crime prevention and emergency response for students, faculty, and staff. We also continually make safety enhancements to campus grounds and develop precautionary measures that touch every aspect of campus life.

Dawg Ride, our on-campus transportation service, operates from 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., Wednesday–Sunday, during the academic year. Safety transportation escorts also are offered from dusk to dawn, and outdoor emergency call boxes allow immediate access to a uniformed police officer.


Our police patrol supervisors and police officers are appointed under the statutes of the State of Indiana with full police power and are graduates of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Officers are available 24-hours-a-day throughout the year.

Annual Security Report

The annual security and fire safety report (ASR) is a requirement of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, specifically the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Crime Statistics Act. 

Department Features

Emergency Preparedness

All members of the Butler University campus community should become familiar with recommended evacuation procedures as well as shelter in place and fire safety protocol. Learn More.

Parking at Butler

Butler University is dedicated to being a welcoming and accessible campus. With several construction and improvement projects currently ongoing, campus accessibility and parking will be greatly impacted throughout the 2014–2015 academic year and beyond. For information regarding access to and parking at Butler, visit the Butler parking site.

Dawg Watch

Butler University Dawg Watch serves as a community-based crime prevention program designed for faculty, staff, and students of Butler University in partnership with the Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association (BTNA). Organized by the Butler University Police Department, this program consists of campus and community volunteers (WatchDawgs) who meet monthly to train and discuss matters related to crime prevention. Learn More.

Policies & Procedures

In the interest of the protection and safety of all members of the campus community as well as visitors, a complete listing of policies and procedures is available. Here you’ll find information about such areas as adverse weather procedures, bonfire policies, emergency response plans, etc. Learn More.