Unfortunately emergencies and disruptions can happen at any time. USF is committed to being responsive to the needs of our community. We have many resources here to guide your responses and to assist you in times of crisis.


The Students of Concern Assistance Team (SOCAT) on each campus is here to work with students who may be troubled or whose behavior is of concern to others. SOCAT was started as a way to identify and provide support to a student before more significant problems arise.

SOCAT is a multi-disciplinary campus committee and includes representatives from the following offices: Dean of Students, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Counseling Center, Student Conduct and Ethical Development, University Police, Housing & Residential Education, Student Health Services, and the Student Outreach & Support Case Director and Managers. Representatives of other USF offices may be consulted as needed.

SOCAT offers supportive intervention and guidance to any USF student who is struggling. The Case Manager is a member of SOCAT who reaches out to students to offer assistance, to help coordinate referrals to campus and community resources, and to develop an Action Plan for student success. The goal is to help the student focus on academic success, avert more serious difficulties, and ensure the safety of both the student and USF community.

To make a SOCAT referral, click here.


The Center for Victim Advocacy provides free and confidential services to USF students, faculty, and staff. We serve men, women, and people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expression who have experience crime, violence or abuse on or off campus either recently or in the past.

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USF Emergency Management monitors all storms that have the potential to impact the Tampa Bay area and will communicate to the USF Community storm updates and projected impacts. USF's Hurricane Guide provides further information on campus operations and preparedness tips.

Click here for USF's Hurricane Guide.


Each campus police department offers many services and programs to enhance the safety and security of the USF community. Check your campus police department website for safety information and the programs and services available to you.  

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Emergency Management's overall objective is to coordinate all emergency operations on campus, thus ensuring a safe and secure environment at USF that is conducive to living, learning, and working on campus.


Off the Grid is the Tampa campus off-campus safety task force, made up of students, Hillsborough County government and Sheriff's Office officials, and University Police and is chaired by the Dean of Students. The USF community includes the thousands of students living in apartment communities close to campus. The task force has compiled some tips and resources to improve personal safety in off-campus residences.

Tips for Off Campus Safety
Choosing an Apartment

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