Campus Safety Information at Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Campus Safety

It is an unfortunate fact that criminal incidents of all types occur on college campuses. It is the aim of the university administration to provide a safe, secure campus environment for all Northwestern Oklahoma State University students, employees and visitors.

The Campus Police Department consists of full-time commissioned officers and, during the school year, the force is bolstered by the use of student security assistants for additional patrol and security duties.

Authority of the sworn officers is derived from state statute Oklahoma Title 74-360, which allows for full police powers on university property. By agreement with local public law officials, campus police, city police and sheriff’s officers work together for the protection of their jurisdiction. Campus police officers undergo an extensive selection process and meet state mandated training requirements.

Campus police officers are here to help, particularly with the prevention of crime through security checks, foot and motor patrols, escort service, etc. Effort also is devoted to crime intervention, with all reported crimes being investigated. Offenders are dealt with through the county court system and/or Northwestern’s administration as appropriate.

The Campus Police office is centrally located in the Student Center within easy walking distance to or from any location on campus. The office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and an officer always is available and on-call.

Joel Johnson, Police Chief
Student Center
(580) 327-8511

Emergency Text Message Alert System

Northwestern has installed a cell alert system that utilizes text messaging services via cell phones to alert students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency. Depending on the type of plan you have with your provider, you may incur minimal costs for any text messages you receive.

Students and employees may register their text-enabled phones by logging in to their RangerNet account. On the Cell Messaging tab, enter your Cell Number, Select Your Provider and follow the prompts provided.

The steps to register student text-enabled phones may be found here. Very similar for employees.

If you have questions, please send an e-mail to listing your cell phone number and your cell provider. A member of the Information Technology staff will then register your information and contact you to verify that your number works correctly.

If you have problems or your cell provider is not listed, please contact IT at (580) 327-8602 or e-mail

If your number or provider has changed since you first registered your cell phone, please re-register.

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Additional Information

Confidential Crime Tip Line
(580) 327-8196

Leave information anonymously via voice recording on a 24-hour basis.

To speak with a campus police officer, call:
(580) 327-8511 (Alva and Woodward)
(580) 213-3130 (Enid)

Emergency Numbers
911 (9 – 911 from campus extension)

Campus Police Numbers
(580) 327-8511 – Alva - Woodward
(580) 213-3130 – Enid

Alva Police Department Dispatch:
(580) 327-2121

Enid Police Department Dispatch:
(580) 242-7000

Woodward Police Department Dispatch:
(580) 254-8518