Frequently Asked Questions
- What types of calls do you get?
- We work with individuals who have safety concerns due to relationship violence, stalking, harassment, intimidation, cyberstalking, interpersonal conflicts at school or work, and suicidal thoughts . We also receive calls where there isn’t a safety concern yet, but the witnessed behavior is strange, erratic, alarming, or just plain doesn’t feel right. If you have a gut feeling that something is “off,” or if a situation is escalating, someone may be in danger, or you have a feeling that you should tell someone, call us.
- Who do you get calls from?
- We receive calls from faculty, staff, and students who have concerns about inappropriate/concerning behavior. Sometimes the concerns are about another member of the UW community but they can also be about a member of the public, a romantic partner, or family member. We’ve worked with callers on all three campuses, UWMC, and Harborview Medical Center, as well as students studying abroad, and even UW researchers on ocean freighters!
- If I have a problem or concern about a student or staff member, where do I start?
- SafeCampus is the place to start! We have Violence Prevention and Response specialists trained to take your call, connect you with resources, and put safety measures in place to reduce the chances of violence occurring. Since we’re available 24/7, you will always reach someone who can address your concerns. If we’re not the right resource for you, we can connect you to UW and community resources that might be a better fit.
- How do I report a concerning situation to SafeCampus?
- Call 206-685-SAFE to talk with one of the specialists. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, though you will reach someone faster by telephone.
- What hours can I call?
- The SafeCampus line is answered 24/7! If we are receiving multiple calls you may have to leave a message but we will get back to you as soon as possible.
- What can I expect when I call SafeCampus?
- A trained professional will listen to your concerns in a nonjudgmental, empathetic way. We will ask the specifics of what happened or what your concerns are. So, what happened? When did it happen? Who was involved? What do you fear might happen? Have you shared your concerns with anyone else? What would you like to see happen?
- What happens next?
- Depending on the situation, we may enact immediate steps to make a situation safer for a person who
may be at risk. With our campus partners, we design a coordinated response to the reported situation. The SafeCampus team will evaluate the need for a formal violence prevention assessment where representatives of appropriate UW departments participate.
- What should I do if I already have a Protection Order?
- The UW Policy and Procedure on Violence in the Workplace states that you should provide a copy to the UW Police Department to discuss the details of the order so that they can enforce it. Then, notify UW SafeCampus. SafeCampus has a victim-centered approach and will let you make the decisions about what you’d like to do and whom you want to know about your situation. There are many ways we can improve your safety at work or school via personal safety planning, a workplace security assessment/plan, and connecting you with one of our UW Victim Advocates. We can create Alert Bulletins for your teachers or coworkers so that they can be on the lookout for the Respondent and alert police if a violation occurs.
- Is calling SafeCampus confidential?
- We will only share information on a need-to-know basis with our campus partners and we will discuss it with you in advance. If you aren’t comfortable giving names, you can always call and discuss a concerning situation with us and we will troubleshoot it with you. We are happy to answer any questions about our process with you.