<p>Visit the <a href="https://www.georgetown.edu/operating-status">operating status page</a> for information on the university's current operating status.</p>
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Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Georgetown uses an integrated approach to safety and security on campus and in the surrounding community, coordinating a network designed to provide a safe environment, to prevent problems before they occur, to respond swiftly and effectively when problems arise and to maintain essential services and business operations after a serious incident. In the event of any emergency situation on campus, members of the campus community should call the Georgetown University Police Department at (202) 687.4343.

During inclement weather, please check the university's operating status online or call our telephone hotline at (202) 687.7669 (SNOW) to get the latest updates on the university's operating status.  This website will also be updated as information is available in the event of emergencies on campus.

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) notifies the campus community through Public Safety Alerts (PSAs) when crimes are reported to DPS or the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department which the university believes represent a threat to its students or employees. Read the latest crime alerts from the Department of Public Safety.

Emergency Contact Information

Georgetown University Police Department 

(202) 687.4343

Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS)

(202) 687.HELP or 687.4357

Mental Health Emergencies

(202) 687.6985

After Hours:
(202) 444.PAGE (444.7243)
Ask to speak with the Counseling Center doctor-on-call.

Chaplain in Residence On-Call (During the academic year)

(202) 677.0361

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Enroll in HOYAlert, the university's emergency notification system, and receive important, emergency information via text message, non-GU voicemail and non-GU email.   

The Georgetown community may also download the security app "LifeSafe" on iPhone or Android.

The app features: 

  • Tips: Anonymously reach GUPD to submit information about suspicious activity, harassment, noise complaints, mental health problems and any other safety issues you may experience. Option to add photos, audio, or video to your message enabling officers to better respond to the issue.
  • SafeWalk: Allows users to add friends, share your location when you leave a location, stay in constant communication with those friends while you walk to your destination, and send a group chat when you reach your destination safely. If you run into trouble you can contact police from within the app.
  • Talk or Chat Options: Two-way communication with GUPD via chat or phone.
  • Instant Emergency Connection: In the case of an emergency where you need immediate assistance you can choose to contact 911 or campus police. If you choose to call or message campus police, location tracking will begin, allowing officers to respond to your exact location.