Campus Security and Crime Awareness

Director of Campus Security (
University Classroom Building (UCB), Room 151
Tel: (808) 932-7644

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo is committed to providing a safe, secure and healthy environment for students, faculty, staff, and guests. The University of Hawaiʻi Board Of Regents assigns authority for campus safety to the Chancellor, who delegates campus security operations to the Director of Campus Security.

The University has dispersed throughout the campus (yellow) emergency call boxes and blue light telephones for student and faculty use in the event of an emergency and/or the need for assistance.

The University offers a Campus Escort Program seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The program is available to ensure the safety of individual students, faculty, and staff members.

A successful campus safety program enlists the cooperation, involvement, and support of University students and employees. Throughout the year Campus Security joins the efforts of the Counseling Center, University Housing, and New Student Program to train, inform, and educate our campus community in the areas of:

  • alcohol and drug awareness
  • sexual assault
  • helpful tips on room, car, and personal safety/security.

The University provides for a completely anonymous method of contacting the campus security department to provide timely information. If you see a crime or incident that you want to report to us, you can use our Silent Witness form on the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo website.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo complies with the Campus Security Act by publishing, on an annual basis, crime statistics of incidents reported on campus, in residence halls, and on non-campus and public property adjacent to campus. These Clery crimes include murder, negligent homicide, forcible and non-forcible sex offenses, robbery, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Additionally, hate crimes, weapons offenses, illegal drug and alcohol use, and arrests are reported. The crime statistics are available online.

For information about Campus Security programs and crime awareness information please check the UH Hilo Campus Security Web site

Emergency Notification System

The University of Hawaiʻi system has an emergency notification system called “UH Alert.” This system provides notifications to members of the University community in the event of a natural, health, or civil emergency. The use of this system is limited to emergency communications, which is defined as urgent notices regarding matters that impact the health and safety of members of the UH community and closures of whole campuses. This determination will be made only by the president, vice presidents, chancellors, vice chancellors and formally designated emergency coordinators.

Automated emergency messaging options include:

  • Email: Emergency alerts are sent to email addresses for all members of the UH community. Faculty and staff may also provide a non-UH email address.
  • SMS/Text Messages: Alerts can be sent via text message to student, faculty, and staff cell phones.
  • Phone/Voice Mail: A pre-recorded phone call can be made to faculty and staff offices, home phones and/or cell phones. If the system detects an answering machine or voice mail greeting, it will leave the recorded message after the greeting completes.

Any student, faculty, or staff member may voluntarily sign up for this optional emergency notification system. To sign up, individuals must go to the website at and login with their UH username and password. The website will ask users to provide the campus or geographic location(s) about which they want to be alerted and their phone and/or email information. Individuals may opt out or change their information at any time. Individuals should be aware that a test text message will be sent each semester and that they may be charged by their cell phone carrier for this message.