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Keeping K-State Safe

Crime statistics compiled annually by the K-State Office of Student Life show K-State is among the safest universities in the Big 12. In fact, K-State was named one of the 50 safest large universities in America by College Choice in Sept. 2016. K-State is safe because faculty, students, and staff approach campus safety as a shared responsibility.

The campus community has adopted the Principles of Community, which state the type of welcoming, safe, and inclusive community K-State strives to be. Together we make K-State what it is: a safe, supportive, and caring community where the well-being of each of us is the responsibility of all of us.

Watch a video about campus safety measures

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Resources and tips for staying safe

Report and Resolve Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Violence Complaints.

The OIE responds to reports and complaints or concerns about discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran. OIE staff interviews individuals who report discrimination or harassment, organize an administrative review team to evaluate the report and determine how to resolve the report. If an investigation is warranted, the team prepares a complaint, informs the accused, interviews witnesses and obtains relevant documents, decides whether discrimination or harassment has occurred, and recommends appropriate sanctions and corrective actions, if necessary.
How to file a complaint

Explore community-building resources

Get resources for students with emotional health concerns

Get safety tips

Check the safety FAQs

Multiple campus notification methods

Emergency notification methods include telephone voice messages and texts, e-mail, notices on K-State's website, and notices to radio and television news media. Anyone with a K-State eID can sign up for emergency text and voice messaging through K-State Alerts.

Overview of security measures on campus

A professional police department

This staff of 23 commissioned campus police officers and nine noncommissioned security officers covers the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Contact them at 785-532-6412 to report community member behaviors that are of concern.

Video surveillance

Cameras are placed in strategic locations on campus, including some buildings and parking lots.

Emergency phones

Look for these blue emergency phones in multiple locations across campus.

A card swipe process in the residence halls

Only residents of each hall have access to locked doors. Residents must sign in and show their IDs when returning after 9 p.m.

Learn more about hall safety

Experienced, trained residential life staff

These professionals provide personal and crisis assistance in on-campus housing.

Learn more about the residence halls

Wildcat Walk safety escorts

These escorts will walk you across campus at night. Call 395-SAFE (395-7233), or push one of the blue light emergency buttons.


SafeRide provides a safe ride home for K-State students and guests who live within the designated city limits of Manhattan. The service runs from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

What to do if you see unusual, threatening, or dangerous behavior

Safety concerns should always be reported. Here’s where to start:

  • Contact the K-State police at 785-532-6412, or 911 in the case of an emergency. You can make a confidential report through the Silent Witness program.
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  • Contact the Office of Student Life at 785-532-6432. This is the primary office where students can report suspicious or threatening behavior, or concerns about fellow students.
  • Contact any of the nearly 300 SafeZone allies—faculty, staff, and students—who are trained to help refer and find resources for any individual who has concerns about threats, violence, hateful acts, harassment, or discrimination, or who needs information about depression, suicide, assault, or relational difficulties. Look for the SafeZone symbol in offices, or check out the webpage to find locations of SafeZone allies.

Helpful offices to contact

K-State Police Department
108 Edwards Hall
911 in emergencies

Office of Student Life
201 Holton Hall

Counseling Services
232 English/Counseling Services Building

Parents and Family Association
122 Anderson Hall

Lafene Health Center
1105 Sunset Ave.

Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE)
206 Holton Hall