Safety at Xavier


Advocate Program

Xavier Advocates are available 24 hours a day to provide confidential support, information and advocacy to students who believe they may have experienced harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence, and/or stalking. To reach a Xavier Advocate, call (513) 745-1000. 

AED and Emergency Phone Locations 

XU Alert Me

The University provides a voice and text alert communication system, XU ALERT ME that contacts members of the campus community through voice and text messages in the event of an urgent situation. Students, faculty, and staff may sign up for the service through the MyXU campus portal.

Anonymous Reporting Hotline

Xavier University is committed to the highest ethical standards. To help maintain those standards, the University has established simple, anonymous ways for you to confidentially report potential ethical misconduct or breaches of laws, rules, regulations, or Xavier University policies. You may report such matters using this web-based hotline or by the telephone hotline.

Assistance Telephones (A-Phones)

Assistance telephones are strategically placed throughout Xavier's campus. Pressing the "call" button will immediately connect the caller to a trained dispatcher who will coordinate getting the appropriate emergency response or service to the location.
Use the assistance phones to: report any unusual or suspicious activity, a crime or fire in progress, or an injury or illness; get help to jump-start a car or retrieve keys from a locked vehicle; or to request an escort or emergency service.

Academic Buildings

Most University academic facilities are open from 7:00 a.m. until the latest evening classes let out. Administrative buildings are generally locked at 9:00 p.m. When the University is closed, all buildings are locked and may be opened only by authorized personnel.

Campus Escort Service

During nighttime hours, Xavier University Police Department offers an escort service anywhere on campus, providing the assurance of safe travel. This service is available seven days a week. To reach the escort service, call extension 1000 from any on-campus phone or (513) 745-1000 from your cell phone.

Cincinnati and Xavier

The Xavier campus is surrounded by three very different neighborhoods. Our neighbors in Norwood welcome many of our students in off-campus housing and retail stores and venues. Evanston is one of several transitional neighborhoods in the area, and many of our students volunteer in the recreation center after school hours and work with the neighborhood children. North Avondale is one of the oldest, grandest neighborhoods in Cincinnati and is where several faculty members own homes and many students rent, taking advantage of its close proximity to campus. Learn more about living in Cincinnati.

Courtesy Services

Xavier University Police are available to assist stranded motorists with dead car batteries, empty fuel tanks, and ignition keys in locked cars. To reach an officer, dial 1000 from any on-campus phone, press the "call" button on any assistance telephone, or dial (513) 745-1000 from your cell phone.

Crime Statistics

The Xavier University Police provide monthly statistics under the Uniformed Crime Reporting Program.

Criminal Investigations

All crimes occurring on campus should be reported directly to Xavier University Police immediately. Xavier University Police will dispatch the appropriate number of officers to the scene and make any reports as necessary. If the matter warrants or requires further police intervention, the Cincinnati and/or Norwood Police Departments may be notified and called to the scene to assist with the Xavier University Police investigation.

Crime Prevention

Xavier University Police officers provide educational programs to students on personal safety, sexual assault/ acquaintance rape prevention, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, and related topics.

Potential illegal actions and on-campus emergencies can be confidentially reported by any student, faculty or staff member. Complaints received by the Xavier University Police which fall outside their jurisdiction will be referred to the appropriate agency, or the complainant will be provided a phone number where the complaint can be filed. The Xavier Police Department works closely with the Cincinnati and Norwood Police Departments in the day-to-day maintenance of a safe campus.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention

The Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require schools, colleges, and universities to receive federal financial assistance to implement and enforce drug and alcohol prevention programs for students and employees. Xavier University prohibits the illegal use, possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on University premises or as part of any University activity. Any misuse of substances by University students and employees that presents a physical or psychological hazard to individuals also is prohibited.

Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies, crimes, injuries, accidents, and severe weather can occur without warning at any time. Xavier established the Division of Risk Management as part of its ongoing emergency preparedness efforts. This office oversees and coordinates the development, implementation, and maintenance of the University's crisis/disaster and business continuity plans. In the event of an emergency or crisis, Xavier University Police and the Campus Emergency Response Team will activate the campus emergency plans to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University.

Environmental Health and Safety

The Ohio Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety routinely inspects the campus for environmental and safety concerns. Physical Plant maintains University buildings and grounds, and regularly inspects facilities, and promptly makes repairs to ensure safety and security. Xavier University Police work with both units to respond to reports of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows and locks and help maintain adequate exterior lighting and safe landscaping practices.

Fire Safety and Prevention

All Xavier buildings are equipped with smoke detectors and fire alarms. In compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, Xavier maintains fire prevention plans and emergency action plans for each campus building. These plans provide such information as the type of fire protection equipment or systems available in the building, the responsibilities of occupants to reduce and respond to fire hazards, the personnel responsible for maintenance of fire protection equipment, how a fire evacuation signal is communicated, and where to meet once you have safely exited the building.

The Xavier University Police Department and Residence Life present a fire safety program in the residence halls and conduct evacuation drills at the beginning of the school year.

The Xavier University Police Department and Office of Physical Plant conduct evacuation drills in the academic and office buildings throughout the year.

Health and Wellness

Xavier's Health & Counseling Services office offers medical, counseling, and other services to the campus community. Medical services include primary care, allergy, travel medicine, lab, immunization, and pharmacy assistance. Individualized care is available for students with special or ongoing medical needs. Counseling services are provided by professional psychologists and counselors to assist with a wide range of personal concerns including anxiety, depression, adjustment, relationships, eating disorders, alcohol and drug issues, family, and other problems. The physicians at Xavier University have admission privileges at Cincinnati area hospitals. Visit the Health and Wellness website.

On-Campus Housing

Access to the residence halls is restricted to residents and their guests. Guests may only stay as long they observe the procedures, policies, and regulations established by the residents, staff, and the University. Residents will be held responsible for their guest's behavior.

All residence halls are equipped with a card access entry system and are camera-monitored. Anyone observed violating or abusing the alarms will be subject to severe disciplinary action and may be subject to prosecution under Ohio statutes.


All vehicles parked on University property are required to purchase and display a valid parking permit and are subject to Xavier University parking regulations.

Reporting a Crime, Emergency or Suspicious Activity

All crimes, emergencies, or unusual activity should be reported immediately to the Xavier University Police by calling extension 1000 on-campus or (513) 745-1000 from your cell phone. Persons reporting a situation are encouraged to supply as much specific information as possible such as exact location, injured persons, and type of emergency service required such as the fire department or emergency medical assistance.

Upon being notified of an emergency or suspicious condition, Xavier University Police will dispatch the appropriate number of officers and emergency equipment to the scene. If physical plant personnel or community services (e.g., police, fire, EMS) are required, they will be notified by Xavier University Police and dispatched to the scene.


Xavier Campus Resources

Cincinnati Safety

District 2 Police Department

District 4 Police Department

Cincinnati Fire Department / EMS

  • Phone: (513) 241-2525

Norwood Safety

Norwood Police Department

Norwood Fire Department / EMS

Emergency Contacts

  • Good Samaritan Hospital: (513) 872-2536
  • Poison Control: (513) 872-2536
  • Rape Crisis Center (24 hours): (513) 872-9259
  • University Hospital Trauma: (513) 558-4571
  • Women Helping Women (24 hours): (513) 872-9259