Campus Safety

A Safety Message from Shannon Ellis, Vice-President for Student Services

Nevada enjoys the lush landscaped setting of a vibrant college campus while sitting at the edge of exciting downtown Reno in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. This unique location provides members of the university community with endless academic, cultural and social opportunities. It is our goal to provide a safe and secure environment in which all your endeavors may be fully realized.

Your safety on campus is of utmost concern to the university. We are committed to providing you with the information, services and programs that will help you to be a knowledgeable participant in basic crime prevention practices. No amount of police, lighting or electronic security measures can ensure your safety. THE ULTIMATE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY RESTS WITH YOU. Please take advantage of the services and programs presented in this safety bulletin. Use common sense and precautions for your safety on and off campus. Report incidents and cooperate with investigations when an issue of safety is involved. This will ensure a secure campus and a great experience for you as a member of the university community.

If you have suggestions that can be shared with other students and staff on how to make Nevada a safer campus community, please contact the Dean of Students.

Campus Escort

The Campus Escort Service provides free security escorts to ensure the safety of those who are traveling on and near campus, especially after nightfall. To request the escort service, call 742-6808

Sexual Assault


  • Get to a safe location.
  • Get appropriate help if there is an obvious need for immediate medical attention - readily visible serious injury whether related or unrelated to the assault. (deep cuts, visible signs of trauma, etc.)

Reporting Resources and Support Services for Victims of Sexual Assault can be found at: Sexual Assault Procedures.

Fire Alarm Procedures

Before an emergency happens, familiarize yourself with the fire exits in any building you enter. If an alarm sounds and remains on, you are to assume there is an emergency and evacuate the building. Failure to evacuate a building during an alarm will result in disciplinary action and possible criminal charges.

Things To Remember:

  • Feel the door for temperature. If it is hot, do not open it.
  • Close the windows.
  • If you cannot leave your classroom, stay calm.
  • Call 911 to notify authorities of your location.
  • Hang a sheet out the window or shout for help to attract attention.
  • If you leave the classroom, close the door behind you.
  • Stay low to the ground if smoke is present.
  • Move quickly; do not run.
  • Wear coat and shoes.
  • Do not use elevators. Use fire exits and stairs.
  • Do not re-enter building until permitted to do so by emergency response personnel or authorized staff.

Earthquake Procedures

Nevada is located in a region of strong geological activity. Staff and residents of the halls should familiarize themselves with these general procedures to follow in the event of an earthquake.

During an Earthquake:

  • If you are inside a building during an earthquake, stay inside.
  • Drop, Cover, & Hold! under a table, desk, bed or against an inside wall or corner.
  • If you can't get under anything or get low against a wall, stand in a doorway, brace yourself against the frame but watch out for a swinging door that could slam and hurt you.
  • Stay clear of bookcases, shelves, file cabinets and other furniture which may slide or topple.
  • Stay away from all glass areas such as windows and mirrors.

After the Shaking Stops:

  • Check yourself and others for injuries; seek first aid, if needed.
  • DO NOT operate electrical switches or appliances or use matches, candles, or open flames because there may be gas leaks.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks.
  • Do not use phones. Keep the circuits open for emergency use.
  • Follow the instructions given by supervisors or emergency responders.

If Evacuation Is Ordered

  • Exit via the stairway. Do not use elevators.
  • Wear shoes and beware of falling debris, broken glass, or electrical wires as you exit.
  • Go to an open area away from buildings, overhangs, trees, power lines, and roadways.
  • Stay outside and wait for instructions from emergency personnel.
  • Students should not leave the area/campus without reporting their status to staff. This allows a record to be kept of who exited the building safely.