Your Family is Part of Our Family Now
Every year, students and parents alike explore colleges and universities across the country to find that perfect fit. They imagine all the good times they'll have working with that institution. Ours is a campus that is equally committed to your safety and security as it is your education and entertainment while at UWF.
UWF has routinely been identified within the state university system of Florida as one of the safest campuses for your child to attend. We have many different safety plans and programs for your students' protection and security. Honestly, they require your students' participation to be most effective. At UWF, we spend a great deal of time planning and preparing to protect your students while they are here. It is important that everyone feel comfortable with the decision to enroll at UWF, and we focus our energy in protecting the most valuable resource we have - your child. Here's a small, but indicative sample of the safety services you can expect from UWF:
UWF Police Department
The police on campus are just that: sworn police officers. These officers patrol the campus 24/7/365 on foot, on bicycle, and by a fleet of vehicles to cover the 1,600 acre campus. Like you would expect, they carry "all" the requisite police equipment, including cuffs, and they enforce "all" the laws, including the ones some college students wish they wouldn't.
ArgoAlert Emergency Notification System
Sent as a series of text messages to cell phones, the ArgoAlert notification will communicate to the university audience anything of immediate importance. If the campus were to be in need of immediate notification (lock-down situation, weather emergency, an unexpected construction vehicle blocking a roadway, etc.), there's an automatic, quick way of telling everyone. Of course, your students will need to sign up to receive the messages. They will sign-up using the MyUWF tab off of the UWF home page, under "quicklinks." They will need their UWF login ID.
StormReady Designation from the National Weather Service
UWF is proud to be the 3rd university in Florida, and the 29th university in the United States to be designated as "StormReady" by the National Weather Service. This designation required extensive planning and preparation in the event of a weather emergency. The required criteria that UWF had to meet included: establishing a 24-hour warning point emergency operations center; implementing numerous ways to receive severe weather warnings and putting mechanisms in place to disseminate the information to the campus community; creating a system that monitors weather conditions locally; promoting public readiness throughout the campus; and developing a formal hazardous weather plan which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises.