Student safety

People walking through the campus

The University is committed to ensuring your safety on campus, and during your commute to and from uni. We offer specific health and safety tips for students. We also run a number of services designed to help maintain a safe campus, including security patrol officers, and induction courses to prepare you for particular work or research locations.

The University runs free shuttle buses between Redfern train station and Fisher Library; between Lidcombe Station and the Cumberland Campus; and between Sydney College of the Arts to Mallet St to Australian Technology Park and then to the Camperdown Campus.

Student safety tips

Please read through and follow these tips to maximise your personal safety, and make sure you know what to do in an emergency or unsafe situation.

  1. Take responsibility for your own actions and don't put yourself or others at risk of injury or illness.
  2. When walking around the University watch out for traffic, use designated road crossings and don't be distracted by your mobile phone, iPod, iPhone or other mobile device.
  3. Avoid isolated areas, use preferred pedestrian routes and familiarise yourself with Help Points (emergency telephones) at your campus. These are shown on the University maps by ticking the 'emergency telephone' box under 'Amenities' on the left-hand menu.
  4. Don’t come to the University if you are sick. If you become unwell while at the University use good cough etiquette, wash your hands frequently and seek medical attention.
  5. If you have a medical condition or disability that could impact on your health or safety while at the University, please disclose this confidentially to relevant staff members. This will allow appropriate precautions to be taken to prevent an injury or illness. In some cases, specific first aid requirements may need to be planned for.
  6. Some areas of the University pose specific risks to health and safety eg, laboratories, workshops. These are signposted and should not be entered unless you have been inducted to the area or are supervised by relevant staff.
  7. Follow local safety rules, established safe work practices and reasonable directions given by supervisory staff. Ask questions if you’re not sure about the safety aspects of proposed activities.
  8. Be prepared to act independently in an emergency, warn others who may be in danger and report emergencies to Security by calling 9351 3333. If a building alarm is sounding, leave via the closest safe exit.
  9. If you feel stressed or just need some support, contact the University Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for free and confidential assistance on 8627 8433 or 8627 8437.
  10. Report incidents, hazards and other safety concerns to relevant local staff, Security on 9351 3487 or the Work Health and Safety Office on 9351 5555.
  11. Attend lecture streams only as timetabled to avoid overcrowding of lecture theatres.

Security services

The following services are available to keep you safe on and off the campus.

  • Patrol and bike patrol services – all patrol officers are fully trained security officers and first aid officers. They wear distinctive uniforms and you should feel free to approach them if you need help
  • Take advantage of the University's free shuttle bus service, especially if you are travelling after dark. It's available during semester and runs between Redfern Station and Fisher Library.
  • Be aware that roadways and parking areas within the University are governed by the NSW road rules, which means you must wear seat belts in cars and safety helmets when riding bikes and observe local speed limits. Find out more about cycling and public transport options.

Procedures for serious incidents involving international students

The procedures for an event of a serious incident involving an international student are outlined in the University's Policy Register. The procedures apply to University staff students and affiliates.