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Public Safety

Your safety, and the safety of all students, faculty, staff and guests at our campus and satellite locations, is a top priority. Grand Canyon University (GCU) takes steps to protect you, all visitors and our properties—campus, residential halls, satellite locations and arena—24 hours a day.

Our Department of Public Safety has established policies to maximize your safety by:

  • Restricting parking access and issuing identifying decals for all cars parked on campus
  • Controlling access points to campus
  • Offering an Incident Awareness System with access to resources to help you recognize and respond to a potential security event
  • Increasing security measures at all major events to include monitoring parking, bag searches, use of metal detectors and other resources as needed
  • Establishing a campus patrolled by a sworn police department

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AlertGCU is used to communicate time-sensitive information during an emergency to the campus community. Get the latest information from Public Safety about what is going on around campus and in our local neighborhood.

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Contact Information

In the event of an emergency, call 911.

For assistance while at a GCU location, call 602-639-8100 from any phone.

For non-emergency, general questions and more information email the GCU Police Department at

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Surviving an Active Shooter

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File a Missing Person's Report

If you believe a student, faculty or staff member or visitor has gone missing from campus, call the Department of Public Safety at 602-639-8100.

Lost and Found

Get details about reporting or claiming items by visiting the Department of Public Safety on the first floor of the Grove Parking Garage or calling us at 602-639-8100.

Public Safety Measures

GCU prioritizes your safety, as well as the safety of all students, faculty and staff. To help promote a thriving GCU campus community, the Department of Public Safety has instituted safety measures and guidelines that help to keep our campus secure.


GCU Police Department

GCU's certified police officers receive the same training as officers from city or county police agencies in Arizona, including background checks, polygraphs, psychological evaluations, physical tests and proficiency tests on firearms, Arizona laws and other procedural matters.

Consumer Information

Consumer information reports are compiled by GCU to help ensure we are meeting our high standards and to provide information about our university to the general public. Explore our reports and scorecards for more information.


Annual Fire Safety Report

The Higher Learning Commission requires colleges that have on-campus student living facilities to publish an annual report about fire protection measures and results. Review GCU's report. 

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Annual Security Report

GCU's Department of Public Safety publishes this report to inform the community about campus security policies and initiatives to prevent and respond to crime on campus. Read our Annual Security Report. 

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Title IX

GCU is committed to Title IX, which prohibits sexual discrimination in education programs that receive federal funding. Learn about GCU's commitment to maintaining an environment free from sexual and gender discrimination. 

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Safety Tips

Public Safety wants members of the GCU community to understand the importance of taking safety precautions both on and off campus.

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk with friends.
  • At night, walk in well-lit paths.
  • Carry a charged cell phone and keep Public Safety's number stored as a contact (602-639-8100).
  • Learn the locations of the emergency blue light phones on campus, and use the blue light phone to signal distress or other safety concern.
  • If you have a safety concern, you can contact Public Safety to request a safety escort.