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Safety Tips

Keeping your student safe during their time here at Auburn is the top priority of the Department of Public Safety and Security. Each year, the department publishes the Auburn University Campus Safety Guide, which contains tips and the annual security report. Here you will find some of the helpful topics covered in the guide.

24-hour Emergency Numbers

  • City of Auburn Public Safety (Emergency): DIAL 911
  • City of Auburn Public Safety: 334-501-3102
  • Emergency Phones: Use any of the blue light emergency phones located on concourses, in parking lots and parking decks and near campus buildings for direct access to City of Auburn Public Safety Communications.
  • Auburn University Public Safety and Security (Non-emergency campus safety and security concerns): 334-844-8888
  • Auburn Crime Stoppers (Anonymous crime reporting hotline): 334-246-1391
  • Auburn University Threat Assessment Team (Non-emergency concerns regarding individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others): 334-844-5010, email
  • Auburn University Facilities Management Emergencies (Report emergency facilities-related issues such as utility outages): 334-844-HELP (4357)

Campus Notifications

The Auburn University Department of Public Safety and Security utilizes different methods of campus communications depending on the nature of the incident or event requiring notification.

  • AU ALERT System: This system has the ability to notify students, faculty, and staff of critical information and situations affecting campus through the use of text and voice messages to multiple phone numbers, email to multiple address and messages via RSS feeds. You can also find AU ALERT on Twitter and Facebook. Parents who would like to receive text messages can use Twitter Fast Follow (no Twitter account required) by sending a text to “40404” with the message “Follow @AUALERT”. You should immediately receive a response stating, “You’re now following @AUALERT.”
  • Outdoor Warning Sirens: Auburn University has eight voice and tone outdoor warning sirens on campus. These sirens are used to notify the campus community of emergencies requiring immediate action.
  • Tone Alert Radios: Tone alert radios have been placed in most regularly occupied campus buildings. The radios broadcast a warning tone and then specific information such as severe weather warnings or other pertinent information regarding emergencies on campus.
  • NOAA Weather Radios: Located in most regularly occupied buildings on campus, NOAA weather radios receive information directly from the National Weather Service. This information includes current weather and also any issued watches or warnings for Lee County.
  • Building Fire Alarms/Mass Notification Systems: Fire alarms are in place to notify building occupants of possible fire dangers in the building. Some buildings also have mass notification capabilities through the fire alarm system, which broadcast instructions for any type of emergency.
  • Digital Signs: Electronic signage is installed and utilized in some university buildings to broadcast news and other information. Many of these are capable of receiving and displaying alert messages during an emergency situation
  • Desktop Alerts: A desktop alerting system is installed on most university-owned computers, including those in classrooms and computer labs.
  • Additional Notification Methods: The University uses other notification methods such as cable television alerts and posting alerts to the university’s homepage at

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Last modified: May 18, 2018