On-Campus Safety

Emergency Phones

The Butler campus has 44 emergency phones, which include the 26 white emergency poles and elevator call phones throughout campus.

Emergency Notifications

In the event of a campus emergency, weather-related delay or closing, Butler University will activate the emergency notification tool, DawgAlert ®. This system gives Butler administrators the ability to reach students, faculty and staff on and off campus via text messages and voice and email alerts. Visit the BUPD website to learn more.


The University police enhance safety by patrolling in marked police cars on campus and the surrounding neighborhood. Officers also patrol using Segways and bicycles. Learn more about BUPD patrols.

Personal Safety

Butler University Police Department provides a slew of tips for staying safe in a variety of situations, including at student residences, using public transportation, when driving and using elevators among others. Learn more.

Safety Escort

Students, faculty and staff can request safety escorts on campus by calling Butler University Police Department’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at 317-940-9396 or 317-940-9999 for a cell phone. The escort will be provided by an on-patrol Butler University police officer.  Get more information about BUPD patrols.

Silent Watch Reporting

Individuals who see a crime on campus can report it anonymously using BUPD’s Silent Watch Reporting system.

University K9 Unit

Established in December 2011, the K9 Unit consists of handler Officer Jason Downs and Marcus, a Lab trained specifically for explosives detection. The unit will complement BUPD’s partnership with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) to sweep and protect the major sporting event and theatre sites on campus. In addition to Butler venues, Marcus and Officer Downs, as a team, will be detailed to the IMPD and the Indiana University Police Department to sweep other event sites throughout Indianapolis as needed.

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