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Security & Fire Safety

A Guide for the Rice University Community

Message from Chief Tate

Chief Whitehead

I am pleased to introduce Rice University’s 2017 Annual Security Report and 2017 Fire Safety Report. These reports contain important information about safety and security at Rice. All campus crime and fire statistics required by the Clery Act are included, but the reports also provide information about campus crime prevention and safety awareness programs.

These reports reflect some of the very important work we do at the Rice University Police Department (RUPD) and in other campus offices. Rice’s goal, and that of my department, is to provide a safe, orderly environment that is conducive to you achieving your research, teaching and learning objectives. In my short time as your Chief of Police I have been privileged to observe the dedication of RUPD’s men and women to this campus community, a dedication that was fully on display during Rice’s response to Hurricane Harvey. That weather event also illustrates the importance of reviewing the safety information in these reports and also updating your contact information for receiving emergency alerts from Rice. This is part of the responsibility each member of the campus community shares in maintaining the safety of our campus.

Members of this department look forward to engaging with students and other community members. We invite you to ask questions and share your concerns and suggestions. To contact RUPD, visit or email me directly at Please remember that if you ever experience a crime in our campus community or see something suspicious, please contact RUPD right away at 713-348-6000 or use one of the blue-light emergency phones found across campus. Please also add our number to your mobile phone’s list of frequently called numbers to facilitate a quick call to us should the need arise.

On behalf of the dedicated police officers and staff of RUPD, I wish you a safe and successful academic year.