One of our most important missions in the Office of Student Affairs is to keep you safe while you are at Yale. In this effort, we work closely with university administrators, who have implemented programs and services campuswide to enhance safety.

Yale has its own police force, and at least one officer patrols the medical center 24 hours a day. You can call the university security department any time of the day or night at 785-5555.

The Yale University Security Programs Department is located at 100 Church Street South. The central alarm station monitors all alarms and cameras in the School of Medicine area. Security personnel have radio and telephone communications with all area police and fire departments.

Yale Security officers patrol the campus around the clock. They are armed and have full police powers. They wear white shirts with Yale security patches on each shoulder, dark blue trousers, and dark blue ties. Each security officer wears a numbered shield over the left breast pocket and carries a two-way radio. Yale-New Haven Hospital also has a security force.

Security Blue Phones are strategically located across the campus and are easily identified at night by the blue lights that hang above them. The phones have red emergency buttons for direct connection to the university police, and a keypad for dialing any campus number. 

The following services are available to all members of the Yale community. We urge you to take full advantage of them:

  • Getting Around: 2-WALK (432-9255) is an escort service. You may request an escort by calling 432-WALK (432-9255). A security officer will walk you to and from any point on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Security dispatch minibuses run seven days a week from 6 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Call 432-6330 to arrange for a ride. For schedules and maps, visit
  • The daytime shuttle bus runs from 7:20 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Buses circle the campus following routes that include residential and university buildings, including the medical school. Visit
  • The special services van transports members of the Yale community who are temporarily or permanently disabled. Call 432-2788 fore more information.

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