Photo of two blurred students walking on a campus path at night past a well-lit building with students at tables inside

Staying safe at CWRU

Two recent incidents have reminded our community of the importance of heeding public safety guidance in daily life—especially after dark. 

Even though five police departments have jurisdiction in some part of our campus area—Case Western Reserve, University Circle, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights and Cleveland Clinic (the last at the Health Education Campus)—faculty, staff and students all can take individual steps to enhance their own personal security. They include:

  • Be aware of your surroundings, even during the day; avoid becoming engrossed in your phone or wearing headphones that obscure outside sounds;
  • Walk in groups when possible, in particular at night;
  • If others are not available to walk with you, do not hesitate to request a free public safety walking escort by calling 216.368.3300.
  • Have the CWRU police emergency number—216.368.3333—programmed into your phone;
  • Invite public safety officers to give presentations to your department, residence hall, or other organization

And keep these additional resources in mind:

  • Shuttles: Several free shuttles operate on campus, in University Circle and the surrounding areas. They run from early in the morning until as late as 3 a.m. Check the routes.
  • Safe Ride: This service is a free after-hours service to transport members of the campus community within University Circle. This service is available from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Request a Safe Ride.
  • Blue light phones: The campus features 340 blue light phones—including 40 towers– that connect to the university’s 24-hour Communications Center with the push of a button.
  • Rave Guardian App: This safety app allows instant connection to campus security, as well as Safe Ride and Shuttle services. Learn more about the app’s features.
  • Rave Alerts: While all members of the campus community automatically receive Rave notification emails and/or calls to their campus phones, you can also sign up for alerts to their personal phones. Visit to update your account.

Learn more about campus safety.