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Laws and Safety

Laws & Safety

WKU has multiple systems in place across the campus community to keep students, faculty, staff and visitors safe and is accredited by the National Safety Council as a Safe Community. Some of the services include:

Emergency Text Alerts

WKU employs emergency text alerts to communicate with our internal and external community during an emergency, weather-related event or any time events may cause disruptions in the normal campus routine.  Sign up for emergency text alerts on Topnet.


Important Numbers:

Emergency Info Hotline:

270-936-0000 - call for prerecorded info messages

WKU Police

270-745-2548 or 911

Fire Emergency:

270-745-2548 or 911

Environmental Emergency:

270-745-2548 or 911

24-Hour Telephone Counseling

1-800-273-TALK Kentucky Suicide Prevention Hotline Database

WKU Employee Assistance Program

1-877-327-4753; 24/7 or, with WKU company ID ZB3042Q at www.guidanceresources.com

Facilities Emergencies

270-745-3253 or after hours call WKU Police at 745-2548

General Environmental & Safety Concerns Non-Emergency


Accident Reporting

Student and Non-Employee; WKU Employee


If you are the victim of a crime, or if you witness a crime or suspicious activity, you may report it anonymously to the WKU Police Department at 745-2548 or to Crime Stoppers at 270-781-2583.

Additional Safety Resources:


U.S. Laws

It's important that you also follow the laws and rules below to stay safe during your time in the U.S.

  • If you are under 21, it is illegal to drink alcohol in the U.S.
  • It is against the WKU student code of conduct to buy alcohol for someone under 21
  • It is a violation of the  WKU student code of conduct for your drunken behavior to disturb someone else’s ability to sleep, study, or live peacefully
  • It is a violation of the WKU student code of conduct for you to hurt or endanger yourself or someone else through drinking
  • Never drink and drive. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) are serious crimes in the U.S.
  • It is illegal for alcohol to be consumed in a vehicle by the driver or passengers - previously opened containers of alcohol must be carried in the car's trunk
  • View WKU's alcohol policy
  • It is a University policy that smoking is prohibited inside buildings and all other areas designated by no smoking signs
  • Signage will indicate appropriate designated smoking areas adjacent to university buildings - view the 12 designated areas
  • Smokers are required to utilize smoking waste receptacles - littering is prohibited
  • Marijuana is illegal in Kentucky
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) is a serious crime in the U.S.
  • View WKU's drug policy
  • If you own and drive a car, Kentucky law states that you must have automobile insurance
  • It is Kentucky law that you must wear a seatbelt - children must be in a car seat or booster seat until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall
  • You can be arrested for excessive speeding (reckless driving)
  • Never drink and drive - Driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DU
    I) are serious crimes in the U.S.
  • Always obey police officers and never flee the scene of a crime to avoid a ticket
  • Children must not be left alone at home or in the car
  • Children must be supervised in public






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 Last Modified 12/1/20