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AWARE Network

If a student poses an immediate threat to self or others, call 911.


Resources to consider when helping students:

  • WSU Police provide immediate assistance for emergencies and conduct criminal investigations as predicated by law for incidents within the WSU community
  • The WSU Alert system has a number of methods that will be used to communicate with students, faculty and staff during emergency situations
  • The Office of the Dean of Students serves as a liaison to individual student(s) and others who may be associated with a specific incident
  • Faculty guide for responding to disruptive students
  • Cougar Health¬†Services provides medical services, counseling and psychological support, and educational workshops for students
  • The Cougar Safety Guide provides information on campus safety and security


Blue Light Phones

If you experience an emergency on campus and want immediate help - look for a blue light. The blue light identifies the location of an emergency telephone. Simply press the emergency phone button (no dialing necessary) and you will be connected to Whitcom 911 Communications Center.

Describe your emergency to the operator. Every call placed from a blue light telephone is responded to by a Washington State University police officer. Note the location of the blue light telephones as you move about campus. You may never need one, but they are there for you in the event of an emergency.

Blue light telephone map