Summer Safety at UHD
By Mark Kramer
The summer semester is under way at the University of Houston-Downtown. While the attention of students is focused on classes, it’s also important to take a moment to keep personal safety in mind.
The UHD Police Department (UHDPD) encourages students and others to always pay attention to their surroundings and not leave personal property unattended. Additional measures include traveling in groups on campus and to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.
Students, staff and community members are encouraged to use the emergency call boxes located throughout campus and to sign up for alerts or use Twitter’s “Fast Follow” (text “follow UHD_Alerts” to 40404).
“We need our students and our UHD campus family to serve as our eyes and ears when it comes to the safety of others,” UHDPD Lt. Frederick Varela said. “If they see unusual behavior or activity on or near campus, they should report it to us right away.”
Summer weather can sometimes be unpredictable, so officials urge students, faculty and staff not to overlook the threat of severe weather. With a history of heavy rains causing flooding around the UHD campus and throughout the Houston area, students and staff are encouraged to prepare for weather events by signing up for emergency notifications through UHD Alerts and monitoring the weather through local television and radio media outlets.
“UHD Alerts allows our campus community members to know what is occurring with incidents in and around our campus,” UHDPD Lt. Frederick Varela. “High water or a bad traffic accident near campus can cause major issues when commuting to campus. If it affects our community, our alerts will allow members to take appropriate measures.”
The summer months also mean an increase in students riding their bikes to campus. Varela suggests that students register their bikes with UHDPD. “We hope it never happens, but if a bike is stolen, our investigators will have all the information they need, which would give them a greater chance of recovering it,” he said.
To ensure the safety of all faculty, staff, students and visitors, UHDPD provides police escort assistance. To request an escort to your vehicle, visit the Police Department in Suite N118 or notify the police dispatcher via any police call box. The service is available 24 hours a day.
To learn about additional Police services, visit their department website.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.