Office of Public Safety

The University of Pikeville Public Safety Department is dedicated to providing a safe, protected and organized environment. The safety of UPIKE students, faculty, staff and visitors is of primary importance. The University of Pikeville Public Safety Department seeks participation by all members of the University of Pikeville family in its efforts.

As a service organization, the department offers a full range of security resources, including preventative patrols (24 hours), criminal investigations, crime prevention, facilities security, special event services and parking management and enforcement.

Public Safety also serves the university community by providing safety analysis for the campus, hazard inspections and personal escorts. The Public Safety Department strives to ensure the safety of our university family by offering several interactive teaching sessions related to safety and security for students, faculty and staff.

Overall, the men and women of the University of Pikeville Public Safety Department believe in providing proactive crime prevention and prompt friendly service to the university community.

Our officers represent UPIKE proudly as a group of caring professionals, intent upon enhancing a friendly atmosphere. Necessary enforcement includes using alternatives to arrest when reasonable. Officers participating in athletic and special events ensure that all aspects of planning consider the safety and security of all participants. Officers provide professional crowd control and traffic regulation before, during and after such events.

Public Safety officers group photo
2022 Public Safety Officers and Leadership Team

Parking Regulations

To obtain a parking permit, go to . Log in with your UPIKE login and fill in the required information, and add a picture of your license plate. Your permit will be processed within 24 hours and then can be picked up in the Public Safety office.

Where can I park?
Resident students (students who reside in campus housing) may park in the residential lots on campus. Commuter students may not park in the residential lots but may park in the Health Professions Education Building parking lot, the parking garage, gymnasium parking lot or on the streets surrounding campus. NO students may park in the Visitor’s lot located near the Administration bldg. Monday through Friday 7am-5pm.

What do I do if I receive a ticket from UPIKE Public Safety?
Tickets may be paid at the business office located on the ground floor of the Administration Building. It may take up to a week for a ticket to show up on an account. Tickets may also be paid by bringing the paper ticket into the business office before it shows up on an account. Wheel locks can only be removed when all tickets are paid in full.

To appeal a ticket, go to , scroll to the bottom and complete the appeal form. Appeals must be submitted within 7 days of receiving the ticket. The committee votes on the appeal and sends the final decision to the Chief of Public Safety who in turn emails the results to the recipient of the ticket. The committee’s decision is final and cannot be appealed again.

The University of Pikeville facilities are readily accessible to students, faculty and staff during normal working hours.

It is the University of Pikeville policy to lock the doors of buildings that are not in use. However, when working or studying in buildings after normal working hours, it is suggested that individual offices be locked, based upon the assumption that unrestrictive access to the building is possible. Residence halls have open access Sunday through Thursday between the hours of noon to midnight and noon to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. During non-access hours, residence hall doors are locked, although instances of propped doors have occurred. Residents are encouraged to take security precautions in residence halls and rooms. Individual rooms should be locked at all times for safety.

The UPIKE lost and found is located at the Campus Safety Office. The department will maintain a database of items reported missing and crosscheck them with items submitted to lost and found. The identified owners will be notified immediately, and arrangements will be made to return the property. Any unidentifiable or unclaimed property will be held for three months.

Steps to take in the event of a medical emergency:

  1. Do not move the patient unless his or her life is in danger.
  2. Have someone stay with the patient until help arrives.
  3. If on campus, call Public Safety. If off campus dial 911. Tell them your name, your exact location and a brief description of the problem. Do not hang up until told to do so.
  4. Meet emergency personnel to guide them to the patient.

The following information is offered as a guideline to aid in determining what action should be taken in the event of severe weather.

  • Tornado Watch: This means conditions are such that storms capable of producing a tornado may develop.
  • Tornado Warning: This means that either a tornado has been sighted or it is highly probable that one will develop. Persons should seek immediate shelter in a basement or lower floor, interior corridors or interior rooms. If you are in an open area such as a gymnasium, auditorium or warehouse, go to the wall farthest from windows or glass, crouch down against the wall and protect your head with your arms. Stay away from windows and exterior doors.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area.
  • Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Issued when a thunderstorm produces hail ¾ of an inch in diameter or larger and/or winds which equal or exceed 58 mph. Severe thunderstorms can result in the loss of life and/or property.
  • Flash Flood Watch: Indicates that flash flooding is possible in and close to the watch area. Those in the area are urged to be ready to take quick action if a flash flood warning is issued or flooding is observed.
  • Flash Flood Warning: Signifies a dangerous situation where rapid flooding of small rivers, streams, creeks or urban areas are imminent or already occurring.