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Living Safely

At Old Dominion University, your safety and security is our highest priority. We encourage students, faculty and staff to partner with the us and utilize our provided services, initiatives and training opportunities. Together, we can navigate safely through working, living and studying successfully at ODU and in Norfolk, VA.

Check out our safety-related services and programs below. For more information about safety measures at Old Dominion, visit the ODU Police Department website.

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Programs & Services

Students On-Campus

Personal Safety

Play an active role in your safety. Learn some simple, easy-to-follow tips for living, learning and enjoying life safely at ODU.

Police officer helps student during Welcome Week.


The ODU Police Department offers a variety of services and programs to serve the campus community.

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Fire Prevention

ODU is committed to fire prevention- using safety education, training initiatives, and proactive polices to keep campus smoke-free and safe.

Student of Concern


Report concerning behaviors to TEAM- ODU's Threat Education Assessment & Management Team

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Women & Gender Equity Center

The Women & Gender Equity Center at ODU strives to create a world that is free of gender bias and help students achieve their full potential.


Safe Space

The Safe Space Training Program provides education advocacy and awareness to reduce homophobia/transphobia and heterosexism on campus.

ODU Safe Ride Van


SAFE RIDE provides a safe and secure alternative to walking around campus at night.

ODU Alerts

ODU Alerts

In case of emergencies, students, faculty, and staff can sign up to be immediately notified by text message, instant message, or phone call.

LiveSafe App

LiveSafe App

LiveSafe is a free mobile app to enhance the personal safety of the ODU community. Get alerts, partner with friends, connect with police, and more!

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Experience Guaranteed

Enhance your college career by gaining relevant experience with the skills and knowledge needed for your future career. Discover our experiential learning opportunities.

Academic Days

Picture yourself in the classroom, speak with professors in your major, and meet current students.

Upcoming Events

From sports games to concerts and lectures, join the ODU community at a variety of campus events.