Safety Overview

Butler University Police Department

The University police department offers educational and awareness programs on crime prevention and emergency response for students, faculty and staff. Available 24-hours-per-day throughout the year, the patrol supervisors and police officers are appointed under the statutes of the State of Indiana with full police powers. The security officers assist sworn officers in patrolling the campus on foot, locking and unlocking buildings, and conducting security and safety surveys of the physical campus. Learn more about BUPD.


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. Sign up and learn more about DawgAlert.

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency preparedness is an important part of our daily campus routine, knowing how to respond to critical incidents is important to sustain Butler University and mitigate injury or loss of life. Information regarding emergency evacuations and our Campus CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) can be found on the emergency preparedness website.

On-Campus Safety

Your safety is important to Butler University. Multiple tools exist to help you stay safe on campus, including emergency phones and notifications, officer patrols, personal safety tips, safety escorts, silent watch reporting and our University K9 unit. Learn more about these safety resources.

Silent Watch/Report a Crime

If you see a crime on campus and would like to report it anonymously, you may do so via an online form.

Warnings & Alerts

Timely Warnings and Emergency Alerts are posted on the Butler University Police Department’s webpage.

Addressing Sexual Misconduct

Butler University was founded on the principle that everyone deserves an education, regardless of race or gender. This principle continues to be central to our campus mission today, and informs our work in preventing and responding to sexual misconduct. We encourage you to explore the Sexual Misconduct website for more information.

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