In an effort to keep our students safe, UWOshkosh has a Safewalk and Saferide program that provides trained Community Service Officers (CSOs) to safely escort community members on and around campus during the evening and night hours.
The CSOs are trained in defensive tactics, they patrol in pairs and they have a direct link to the Police Department through police radios.
Note: In an effort to alleviate fears of requesting an escort while intoxicated, no questions are asked unless the welfare of the requester, the CSOs or the general public is in question.
Safewalks are available every evening, Saferides are available as often as possible but currently we aren’t offering it every night. If you’re interested in using this service just give us a call or use the app to make a request and we’ll let you know what options we have each night.
General Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Wednesday 5 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
Thursday – Saturday 7:30 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.
During normal business hours Monday – Friday there is a free shuttle operating by Parking Services. This shuttle is visible through UWO Mobile. More information can be found here.
Safewalk or Saferide Request Process
- Use UWO Mobile to “Chat w/UWOPD” or call the UW Oshkosh Police Department at (920) 424-1212 to request a walk or ride
- You will be requested to provide your name, affiliation with the University, call-back phone number, your current location and the destination of your requested Safewalk.
- Remain in the area provided to the dispatcher.
- Remain available at the phone number provided to the dispatcher in the event that you need to be recontacted for address clarification or an update as to when the CSOs will arrive at your location.
- Once you place your request, you will be given a wait estimate. Remember that this is an estimate not a guaranteed time.
- You should be watching for your ride from the time it is placed until it arrives. In order to maximize efficiency, your ride may show up before your wait estimate is reached.
- Safewalk or Saferide personnel will not wait more than 5 minutes at your pick up location. They will attempt to contact you at the phone number you provided however, if you’re not there and do not answer your phone for a period of 5 minutes they will have to move on to another walk or ride request.
- At least one rider has to be a current UW Oshkosh student, staff or faculty member. Driver’s will request to see your valid UW Oshkosh ID and may ask that you swipe to verify status.
- Riders are only allowed to have one bag in their possession that is no larger than a backpack.
- UW Oshkosh Police reserve the right to refuse rides in the case of inappropriate requests, or if the request is out of the scope of our mission.
- UW Oshkosh Police reserve the right to refuse rides to locations suspected of inappropriate behavior.
- UW Oshkosh Police reserve the right to refuse rides in the case of intrusive use of profanity or otherwise disorderly behavior. This includes, but is not limited to, harassing or threatening the driver, dispatcher, passengers or community members.
We’re currently working to update the areas we provide Safewalks and Saferides to and from. The current general guideline is within approximately 5 block of the edge of campus. If you’re not sure whether you are within our area, give us a call or chat with us using “UWO Mobile”
The UW Oshkosh Police are excited to announce that Safewalks can now be requested using the Safewalk App.
The app is available for both iPhone and Android phones. It is included in the UWO Mobile App.
You can request a Safewalk or Saferide by clicking “Chat w/UWOPD”.