Emergency Services

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Campus Police

The University of Rhode Island Police Department is a division of the University of Rhode Island Public Safety Department and is responsible for police and other emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

URI Police Department
(401) 874-2121

When calling, stay calm and carefully explain the problem and location to the Campus Police Dispatcher. Do not hang up until told to do so. Tell the dispatcher your name and phone number, the nature of the incident, and the location of the incident.

Telephone & Email Threats

If you receive a harassing phone call ...

  • Hang up, then dial *6.
  • Listen to the recorded instructions.
  • Immediately file a report with campus police.

If you receive a harassing voicemail ...

  • Press 7 (in voicemail) to save the message.
  • Immediately file a report with the campus police.

If you receive a harassing email ...
Please see Email Abuse.

Elevator Failure

If you are trapped in an elevator push the emergency call button in the elevator. The police dispatcher will immediately speak to you to determine the nature of the emergency. All elevator call buttons are directly connected to Campus Police. They will already know your location. Try to remain calm. Help will immediately be dispatched to your location to provide assistance.

Fire and Evacuation

  • Contain the fire by closing all doors as you leave.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station (located near all exits out of the building).
  • Report the fire by calling Campus Police.

In the event of a fire or fire alarm, supervisors must be sure that all employees evacuate the building and individuals who may need help are assisted to safety. Each office or class should develop an evacuation plan which includes a primary and a secondary escape plan . Establish a designated area to meet outside the building. This area should be known to everyone in your office or class and be far enough away from the office or class to ensure safety and avoid blocking access by emergency personnel and fire and rescue vehicles. Your evacuation plan should also include a way to be certain that everyone has left or is otherwise accounted for when you leave the building. Do not use elevators to evacuate the building.

  • Evacuation of all or part of the campus grounds will be announced by the URI Communications Office by voice mail and/or e-mail and/or by Campus Police as needed.
  • All persons, faculty, staff, and students are to immediately vacate the site in question and relocate to another part of campus or off-campus, as directed.

Weather Cancellation

When classes or major public events are cancelled due to a snowstorm or other factors, a class cancellation statement is issued to the major Rhode Island broadcast media, announced through the URI voicemail system, and posted on the main University telephone number (see below). The message will provide faculty, staff, and students with up-to-date information.

  • Main Campus Line: (401) 874-1000
  • Weather Line: (401) 874-SNOW

Shutdown decisions based on weather conditions will not be made until there is clear evidence of danger or undue hardship to employees. Therefore, in the absence of a decision to close, personnel are expected to report for work at their assigned time, or as the case may be, to remain at work until the end of their shift. Employees who decide to leave early or do not report must discharge vacation or personal time to cover their absence.

Bomb Threats

If you observe a suspicious object or package on campus, DO NOT HANDLE IT. Clear the area and immediately contact Campus Police. If you receive a bomb threat over the telephone ask the caller the following questions, then call the Campus Police.

  • When is the bomb going to explode?
  • Why did they place the bomb?
  • Where is the bomb located?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What does it look like?

Keep talking to the caller as long as possible and record the following information,

  • Speech pattern, possible nationality, etc.
  • Approximate age of caller
  • Emotional state of caller
  • Background noise
  • Sex of caller
  • Time of call

Statewide Emergencies

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) works closely with the Rhode Island National Guard with regard to emergency preparedness, as well as response and recovery after a disaster strikes. Many resources are available to Rhode Island citizens on the RIEMA internet site.

RI Emergency Management Agency

Related Links:


University of Rhode Island Emergency Guide Book
Rhode Island Department of Health
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management


United States Department of Homeland Security
American Red Cross
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
United States Environmental Protection Agency