Campus Safety at Liberty University

Our focus is on protecting you — so your focus can be on your future.

Learn more about Liberty’s COVID-19 response and our strategies for maintaining students’ health and safety throughout the pandemic. 

When looking for the right college, campus safety is consistently near the top of parent and student concerns.

At Liberty University, your safety and well-being is one of our highest priorities.

Liberty University is regularly recognized as one of the safest campuses in the state — and in the nation.

As an LU student, you can be confident that your university has invested in activities and initiatives designed exclusively to keep you safe.

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Liberty was ranked in the top 5% of safest college campuses in America for 2020 by

Liberty University Police Department (LUPD)

Protecting you is our highest priority

LUPD is a full-service law enforcement agency staffed by highly trained professionals who provide 24/7 active police support.

All personnel are trained in Basic First Aid, CPR, and AED services. On-campus staff includes:

  • Over 40 Virginia State-certified, -sworn, and -commissioned officers
  • 22 Virginia State-certified armed security officers
  • Several civilian employees

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At times, LUPD will work with the Lynchburg Police Department, other law enforcement agencies, and first responders to ensure your safety. The department also coordinates with Student Counseling Services, Community Life, Residence Life, the Office of Equity and Compliance, and Title IX.

LU SAFE RIDE: Students can request a police escort across campus at any time by calling the LUPD Non-Emergency Number.

LUPD contact information: Emergency (434) 592-3911 | Non-Emergency: (434) 592-7641

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Safety And Security At Convocation

Campus Safety Measures

Everyday steps to keep you safe
  • Pedestrian safety measures (bollards) are installed on major walkways.
  • A lighted pedestrian walking tunnel and bridge connect East Campus to the main campus.
  • Every residence hall and dormitory is badge-access only.
  • Student Leadership enforces a nightly curfew.

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Safety Training

Safety Training

Helping you be ready for anything

CAMPUS SAFETY: All new students must take a campus safety seminar during their first semester (this is a graduation requirement).

FACULTY AND STAFF TRAINING: Our staff and faculty are encouraged to attend our Active Assailant Community Preparedness Class (AACP). This course was developed based on data disseminated by the Department of Homeland Security. 

Emergency Management Using Radio

Emergency Management

Keeping you informed and prepared

Though we hope to never have to use them, Liberty University has comprehensive emergency plans in place to deal with any crisis that may occur on campus.

If severe weather or other emergency situations pose a threat, Liberty will communicate with students, faculty, and staff through our emergency notification system via text and/or email.

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Behavioral Threat Assessment

Behavioral Threat Assessment


The Office of Community Life is dedicated to coming alongside any student undergoing a crisis moment — while ensuring our entire university community remains safe and secure.

The CARE (Collaborate, Assess, Resource, Empower) Team exists to promote the safety and well-being of the university community by monitoring concerning behaviors over time and identifying patterns, trends, and disturbances in individual behavior. 

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Conceal Carry at Liberty

Students, faculty/staff, and visitors are permitted to conceal carry while on campus. Individuals who conceal carry at Liberty must have valid state permit available at all times and be able to present it upon request.

General Firearms Safety Course

LUPD provides Liberty faculty, staff, students and family the opportunity to practice safe firearm handling through our General Firearms Safety Course.

This course includes a 90-minute instructional course, followed by a 30-minute practical range exercise.