Police Department
Police information for parents

Parents and Visitors

Students, faculty members, staff members, and visitors at the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater have access to facilities on campus at appropriate times. Access to some facilities is restricted to selected students, faculty members, or staff members. For example, certain classroom facilities are open only to students, faculty members, and staff members involved with classes taught there or in the operation of those facilities.

Other facilities are open to all students, faculty members, staff members, and the general public. An example of this type of facility would be the University Center during normal business hours.

Visitor and Guest parking permits are required to park on campus and are available through Parking Services.  Parking permits are also available through our new parking permit kiosk located in the service drive behind the Visitor Center.

The Parking Services office is located in the Visitor Center, 826 Starin Road.  In-Session business office hours are Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Phone (262) 472-1011. 

Visit Parking Services for more information.

Live! Learn! Engage!  University Housing provides quality, accessible housing and promotes student learning and personal success in an inclusive, engaging community.  Our housing offerings include traditional double rooms, single rooms, triple rooms, suites, and apartment-style living.  Please visit the University Housing website for detailed on-campus housing information. 

Are you a campus visitor looking for a place to stay overnight?  Check out our guest housing options.

The legal drinking age limit in the state of Wisconsin is 21. Please visit the University Housing webpage to view the alcohol policy.

The possession and/or use of illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia is in violation of state and federal law and UW-Whitewater policy. In addition, being in the presence of illegal drugs and/or drug paraphernalia and misuse and abuse of legal drugs are also considered violations of the drug policy. Suspected violations may be referred to the University Police, the Student Conduct System, or University Conduct.

The University also has a tobacco-free campus policy in place for all buildings including academic and residential. Smoking is prohibited in ALL buildings on the UW‐Whitewater campus. Smoking in faculty offices and University vehicles is also prohibited under this policy. To mitigate the established health risks associated with exposure to second‐hand smoke, UW‐Whitewater also prohibits smoking within twentyfive (25) feet of all building entrances, air intakes, operable windows or other designated areas.

Possession of dangerous weapons in University buildings, on the work-site, and in University vehicles, is prohibited (UWS 18.10(3)). A dangerous weapon shall include guns, knives, explosives, or any other device determined by the University, which in the manner used or intended is capable of producing death, harm to person or property, or bodily injury. Violation of this policy shall make the offender subject to appropriate disciplinary or legal action. The UW- Whitewater Police Department provides free weapon locker storage for individuals on campus. Please contact us anytime regarding weapon storage.

If you witness a crime in progress or suspicious activity, please notify us immediately by dialing the following numbers. It is also good practice to have the numbers saved to your phone contact list.

Crime and Medical Emergency - 911
University Police Department Non-Emergency Line - 262-472-4660

For other campus safety information, please head over to our Emergency Procedures page under our Students Section.

It is always important to look out for one another in the campus community. If you have suspicions or confirmation that another person, could be your roommate or friend, is missing please immediately contact the University Police Department.

Persons who suspect or confirm a student missing who resides in campus residential facilities may also immediately notify the Residence Hall Director or other residence hall staff, in addition to University Police.

Becoming a Warhawk can be a very exciting experience, but you should also be mindful of your wellness. In the event of a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911.

With an appointment, the University Health & Counseling services can provide both medical care and counseling services. They are a great resource for UWW students during their time on campus. To reach them, have students call 262-472-1300 or visit  University Health & Counseling Services  to web-book an appointment from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday thru Friday. The staff will assess the student's needs, provide care for minor injuries, or call for emergency transportation to a local hospital. 

The University Police Department will provide a walking escort to all members of the University Community upon request. A Campus Service Officer (CSO) may be requested at any time while on campus or adjacent to campus by calling (262)-472-4660.

This service is prioritized amongst other calls for service at any given time. These walks may be conducted by a Campus Service Officer, or a Police Officer, depending upon availability and staffing levels.

The response time for this request may be up to fifteen (15) minutes, or longer if our officers are dealing with an emergency situation. If you are requesting a CSO for an escort at night, it is best to wait for them in a public, well lit area. Please plan your request for this service accordingly.  University Police Staff will make every effort to accommodate your request; however, there may be times when this service may be delayed because of other duties. During these instances we ask for your patience and understanding.

Note: This service is meant to be used as a courtesy and should not be used for ongoing occurrences. If students know ahead that they will have to stay late on-campus, please arrange to have someone who can come pick them up or walk them to their vehicle.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act, signed in 1990, is a federal statute requiring all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to share information about crime on campus and their efforts to improve campus safety as well as inform the public of crime in or around campus. This information is made publicly accessible through the university's annual security report. Public crime and safety information can help with informed decisions when it comes to choosing institutions to pursue further higher education.

The Clery Act applies to certain crimes (see Clery Act Crime Categories) occurring on University property reported to the police and/or university faculty or staff known as Campus Security Authorities (CSA). CSA's are mandated crime reporters per the Clery Act. Crime statistics are then compiled and reported under the university's Annual Campus Crime and Fire Safety report.

Read the Annual Campus Crime and Fire Safety Report

UW- Whitewater is dedicated to the prevention of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, and providing a safe campus for its employees and students. Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities in federally funded schools. Title IX protects students, employees, applicants for admission and employment, and other persons from all forms of sex discrimination, including discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity. All students, faculty and staff at UW- Whitewater are protected by Title IX (regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, full or part-time status, disability, race or national origin) in all aspects of UW- Whitewater's educational programs and activities. All forms of sexual harassment, including but not limited to, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault are violations of Title IX and prohibited by UW- Whitewater.

In order to be proactive in its efforts, UWW's Title IX Coordinator has established procedures and policies to investigate complaints and address identified concerns. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Dean of Students Office at (262) 472-1533. The mandatory online sexual assault reporting form can be found here.

Read the Chancellor's  Equal Opportunities in Education Policy to learn more about how UW- Whitewater is taking steps to establish a safe, diverse and inclusive work and learning environment.

“Our Department motto, Honor, Integrity, Service, describes what we strive to be, strive to do and strive to uphold. It also describes the need to honor the office entrusted to us, to be an unbiased observer of the truth and assist those in need however we can. By so doing, we work to establish a level of communication with our community which is based upon trust, understanding and respect. If these are lost, we have forfeited something of immeasurable value.

I welcome your input, your thoughts and your involvement in the policing of our community. Our unified commitment and trust of each other is the greatest assurance of safety our community can have.” ~Chief Matthew Kiederlen

Commendation Procedure

You many commend or compliment the performance of a UW- Whitewater Police Department employee by notifying a Supervisor as follows:

  • Come in person to the department's offices, located in Goodhue Hall, during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm)
  • Call the University Police Department's non-emergency number at (262) 472-4660;
  • Mail your commendation to University Police, Attn: Chief of Police, 734 W. Starin Road, Goodhue Hall, Whitewater WI, 53190.
  • E-mail your commendation to police@uww.edu

When a commendation is received the Chief of Police will be notified and the respective employee(s) will be formally recognized. Letters of commendation from citizens are posted for all department employees to view.

Complaint Procedure

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater Police Department to investigate all allegations and complaints of misconduct against any member of the department. Proper adherence to the provisions of this policy will exonerate the innocent and facilitate prompt and equitable corrective action when necessary. To make a complaint against a University Police Department employee, notification can be made to a department supervisor as follows:

Come in person to the department's offices, located in Goodhue Hall, during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm)

Call the University Police Department's non emergency number at (262) 472-4660;

Mail your complaint to University Police, Attn: Chief of Police, 734 W. Starin Road, Goodhue Hall, Whitewater WI, 53190.

E-mail your complaint to police@uww.edu.

All complaints are forwarded to a supervisor for prompt consideration. If the allegation of misconduct is extremely serious in nature (complaints involving criminal activity, complaints against command personnel, or complaints of excessive use of force), the Chief of Police will be notified without delay. While it is not necessary that you provide your name or any other identifying information for your complaint to be investigated, you are encouraged to do so. Providing this information helps ensure the matter is properly and thoroughly considered, and allows the supervisor to keep you informed of the status and disposition of the complaint.