Safety

The Georgia Institute of Technology Police Department (GTPD) is a fully operational, state-certified law enforcement agency devoted to the protection of the campus community.

GTPD’s mission strives for excellence and integrity by providing a safe and secure environment for the Tech community. But the officers can’t do it alone. Through its Crime Prevention Unit, GTPD offers a range of services to educate students, faculty, and staff, on safety and awareness.

Because Tech is an open, urban campus with many students living in surrounding Atlanta neighborhoods, the Institute takes a very proactive stance when it comes to notifying the campus community about safety concerns. GTPD encourages everyone to be alert and aware of their surroundings and to be attentive to the behavior of others both on and off campus.

It takes engagement from the entire community to ensure a safer campus for everyone. If you see suspicious activity, notify GTPD immediately at 404-894-2500.

VOICE Intitiative

VOICE is Georgia Tech’s comprehensive campus-wide sexual violence prevention and survivor support initiative in the Office of Health Promotion. We believe that everyone at Georgia Tech has the right to live, learn, and work, free of violence or the threat of violence.

Learn more about resources for support, prevention education, and opportunities to get involved by visiting the VOICE website. Victim-Survivor Advocates are confidential and available 24/7 to assist students who have experienced any form of sexual violence, including sexual harassment, sexual assault/rape, intimate partner/dating violence, and stalking.

For more information about campus policies related to sexual violence and misconduct and campus efforts to be compliant with Title IX, visit the Title IX website.

Safety and Emergency Preparedness

GTPD's Office of Emergency Preparedness is focused on helping the Institute reduce the effects of disasters through preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities. This office is responsible for implementing our Emergency Action Plan and for working with building managers to create comprehensive emergency plans for their particular locations. To assure that ongoing concerns are addressed, Tech has an active Emergency Preparedness Advisory Group that meets quarterly and includes representatives from key Institute departments as well as the Atlanta Police Department (APD), Atlanta Fire Department (AFD), and the Atlanta/Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA).

Emergencies can range from annoyingly inconvenient to completely devastating. To prepare for crisis situations, Emergency Preparedness conducts vulnerability assessments across campus and continually reviews preparedness and response procedures to enhance safety. Plans are in place to address emergencies ranging from natural disasters to bomb threats. These plans are routinely tested with local first responders including APD, AFD, and AFCEMA.

When a significant campus emergency occurs, updates will be shared via the Georgia Tech homepage and the appropriate social media channels. The Georgia Tech Emergency Notification System (GTENS) will be utilized as appropriate.

The Emergency Management office also oversees the following initiatives (some of which you'll be encouraged to sign up for):