Police Department
Student information from the UW-Whitewater Police Department

Personal Safety

Informacast is a system that allows the Police Department to send text message alerts about emergencies to cell phones. Informacast is a connection to real-time updates, instructions on where to go, what not to do, who to contact and other information. Alerts will also appear in real-time on UW- Whitewater websites.

University Police will determine (if an emergency occurs on campus) whether notification to the University Community should occur. The Police will sent a text notification to all registered devices if an emergency requires information be shared with students and staff.

Informacast is a free service (your wireless carrier may charge you a fee to receive messages on your wireless device) available to all members of the University Community. To receive the services, students, faculty, or staff, must sign up for Informacast. To sign up go here.

This site contains useful information on being prepared in the event of severe weather, hazardous events, and other emergency situations. It also includes information on what to do during an elevator malfunction, explosion, fire, shooting incident and other threatening situations. Being prepared can make a difference during life threatening emergencies. Go to the Emergency website to learn more.

The log includes dates and times of incidents (occurring and reported), the incident nature, the general location, and the current disposition. The log does not include names or specific locations, such as residence hall room numbers. To view the log, go here.

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.

This report is prepared as a requirement of the Clery Act which aims to provide the public with insight to the crime levels happening around the campus community and keeping people informed.

To view the report, go here.

The "Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act" is a federal law enacted on October 28, 2000 that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. This information is supplied by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) has supplied the UW-Whitewater Police Department with the following names as being on the registry as of 03/25/2022:

  • Michael J. Harnisch
  • Joshua D. Lynch
  • Michael Quade

If a registrant is no longer enrolled or employed at UW-Whitewater they will be removed from this web page.

You may obtain information regarding registered sexual offenders who are either enrolled or employed by UW-Whitewater by contacting the UW-Whitewater Police Department.

The entire registry and information about it is available at:


Please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660 with questions or concerns regarding this information. You may find other Registered Sex Offender websites at:

Illinois Registered Sex Offenders: http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/
National Registry: http://www.nsopr.gov/

Property theft is the number one crime in the United States. 2013 statistics show approximately 2900 theft events occur per 100,000 people. The University environment is not immune from this issue. You can take steps to protect yourself from theft.

Items like backpacks, wallets, MP3 players, and laptops are common targets on campus. Don't leave items unattended. You would never leave $100 cash sitting on the table while you went to the bathroom, envision your laptop in the same way - it is cash to those who would choose to steal it.

Recovering stolen items is difficult at best and almost impossible unless you are able to provide the police with your item's serial number or other identifying information. We highly encourage you to keep a log of all your valuable property. Include the item's description, value and serial numbers - this information will greatly assist us in potentially recovering your property. This is also the same information your insurance company will require if you were to file a claim. Bike registration is available to all employees and students.  Please click HERE to register your bicycle.

The UW-Whitewater Police Department is always working to keep you and your property safe. If you have questions, comments, or would like more information about preventing theft on campus, please feel free to contact us at police@uww.edu or calling 262-472-4660.

Did you know that bicycles are one of the most stolen items on a university campus? Register you bike with UW-W Police Department here.

If you have questions, please contact UWWPD at police@uww.edu or call 262-472-4660.

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.

Blue Emergency Phones are located at strategic locations throughout campus and may be activated by pushing the orange button. This will connect you with UW-Whitewater Police Department dispatch in the event you are reporting a crime. Locations of emergency phones closest to you can be found at here.

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.