Campus Lighting / Emergency Phone Towers

The Miami University Police Department recognizes that campus lighting and the placement of emergency phone towers are an important safety feature on a college campus. Campus sidewalks, parking areas and roadways all have lighting installed. The University Police urge people to walk in lighted areas during hours of darkness.

There are emergency phone towers installed at various locations throughout the campus. These emergency phone towers serve as a means to contact the University Police in an emergency, or to request an escort for personal safety. Emergency phone towers call 9-1-1 and connect you to the University Police dispatcher when the button is pressed; officers respond to each emergency phone tower activation.  In addition to enabling a person to instantly talk with Miami police, the towers have speakers that broadcast vocal alerts to about 500 feet distance as part of the university’s emergency notification system.

Many people on campus carry cell phones, and they are the most readily available way to contact the University Police. To contact the Miami University Police from your cell phone, you must dial our phone number: 513-529-2222. Calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone will connect you with the closest available Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). The University Police recommends programming our telephone number (513-529-2222) as one of your cell phone's speed dials in the event you need emergency assistance while you are on campus. Be prepared to give the dispatcher your location on campus so that emergency assistance can be sent quickly.

University police officers report deficiencies in campus lighting (burned out or inoperative lights) to the Physical Facilities Service Desk for repair when they are observed. University police officers also check the function of each of the emergency phone towers on a monthly basis and request repairs when necessary. You can report problems with campus lighting or emergency phone towers by calling:

  • Campus lighting - Call Physical Facilities Operations Center at 513-529-6111
  • Emergency Phone Towers - Call Office of Telecommunications at 513-529-3511