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Law and Safety

UC's Public Safety department provides all public safety and emergency response resources for the University of Cincinnati, including our regional campuses.

Whether you are locked out of your car, need a background check for a rental or a grant application or need help as the victim of a crime, Public Safety can assist you.

They also have useful tips about how to be aware of your surroundings and keep an eye on your belongings if you're not used to urban living so that you can be both comfortable and safe on and around campus.

Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety has three main sections.

  • Police: Patrol, Investigations, 911 Dispatch, Crime Prevention, Security and NightRide units
  • Fire Safety: Campus building inspections to ensure facilities meet fire and safety codes and maintaince on and testing of facility smoke detectors
  • Security Systems: Keys, locks, ID Badges, intrusion alarms, fingerprinting and background check
You can reach any of them by calling 513-556-1111 or through the Bearcat Guardian app.

The NightRide servce provides safe evening transportation on demand within a mile of campus for UC students, staff and faculty and one guest. You only need your Bearcat card to ride.

Service hours are 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. (Waits may be longer after midnight.)  

Visit UC Public Safety's site to learn how to request a ride by phone, app, or web form.

Download the Bearcat Guardian app as your quickest way to receive safety alerts, connect with Public Safety in an emergency, upload vital medical information or request a ride after dark.


Scams

It's easy for online or phone scams to take advantage of students who are new to the U.S. and unfamiliar with how things work. Keep yourself—and your money—safe with tips from Public Safety on how to spot a scam.


Legal resources

There are many resources available to you to protect your legal rights, learn your legal responsibilities and resolve your legal problems. This is avery limited list; explore UC's website for many more.

UC International is your first contact, especially for issues related to immigration and taxes.

Law and Safety

Accessibility resources  

Ombuds office (conflict management)

Dean of Students (student advocacy)

Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati (legal representation)

Gender Equity & Inclusion/Title IX (UC, reporting sex discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault)

Victim Advocates (Cincinnati)

 

TIP (Tenant Information Project, a volunteer organization that provides legal information to callers concerning landlord/tenant law); hotline: (513) 556-0053, 8am - 5pm, M-F

HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal)