Health, Wellness, and Safety

The university is strongly committed to safety, health, and wellness for all students. There are many resources available to provide for students’ physical and mental health needs, aid in their well-being, and ensure a safe environment.

University Health Services (UHS)

University Health Services provides current UW–Madison students with primary health care, health education, and disease prevention services. With experts in college health, they provide services such as: medical treatment of injuries and illnesses, flu and allergy shots, X-rays, and travel check-ups; counseling for mental health issues, stress reduction, smoking cessation, and nutrition; specialized care in dermatology, sports medicine, and women’s clinics; and confidential testing and treatment of HIV and STDs in the Blue Bus Clinic.

Phone: 608-265-5600

More health-related resources for parents can be found at:

University Health Services offers information, resources, and services to help students live well. These services include health and wellness practices that facilitate changes for reducing stress, improving diet, promoting exercise, and increasing one’s sense of community.

Division of Recreational Sports

The Division of Recreational Sports offers programs in four different indoor facilities and 63 acres of outdoor field space. In addition to group/team activities, there are opportunities to participate in sports and exercise on an individual basis, personal training available, and access to most facilities is free to students with a valid UW–Madison ID.  All facilities are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Online privacy

More students are communicating through social networking websites, which provide both great opportunities and risks. Find out the importance of smart social networking and talk with your student about responsible usage.

Campus Safety

UW–Madison views student safety as a partnership between the university and students. As partners in staying safe, students should take personal responsibility for their safety. Parents can reinforce the university’s safety messages to their student by encouraging them in the following ways:

  • Utilize the campus safety programs and services
  • Sign-up for WiscAlerts
  • Travel together and stay together
  • Walk in well-lit places
  • Always carry a cell phone
  • If choosing to drink alcohol, do so in moderation
  • Discuss a family emergency contact plan
  • Talk to your student about his/her alcohol consumption

Students who are involved in an alcohol-related violation of university policy may be required to attend BASICS as a condition of their formal misconduct sanction. BASICS stands for Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students.

University Police Department

The University Police Department is devoted to providing for the safety and security of all people who come in contact with UW–Madison and supports the university’s academic and research mission. 
Emergency: 911
 Non-Emergency: 608-264-COPS (2677)

Moped safety

Information about how to safely operate a moped on campus and in Madison, as well as details about parking, registration, and licensing, can be found on the Transportation Services website.

SAFE Nighttime services

SAFE (Safe Arrival For Everyone) Nighttime Services, the university’s comprehensive late night transportation system, is available free to students, faculty, staff and university guests. SAFE offers walks and bus service, and educates the UW community about nighttime safety. Phone: 608-262-5000.

Emergency Telephones can be found in more than 60 areas on campus. They are usually red, blue, or silver totem-style poles. By pushing the button, students are connected directly to the UW Police Department.

Lightway Walking Paths is a network of well-lit sidewalks and paths for pedestrians. Students and staff are encouraged to use the Campus Lightway, which is marked by stickers displaying light bulbs.

Chimera Self Defense Courses teach verbal assertiveness skills and physical techniques to reduce the risk of harassment and assault. Classes are for females only. Contact the Dane County Rape Crisis Center at 608-251-5126 for registration information.

View City of Madison safety information, or contact the City of Madison Police Department Central District office at 608-266-4945 for information about safety resources and crime statistics in Madison.