WMU Safe Ride (7-RIDE) Program

Students, staff and faculty wishing to have an escort, should call 269-387-RIDE (7433).

Driving escorts have been temporarily suspended. Walking safety escorts will continue.

Please be familiar with the guidelines posted below.

The escort driver / walker usually arrives within minutes. However, timeliness is dependent on call volume.

Unfortunately, due to severe weather and other factors beyond our control, this service may be cancelled on limited occasions.

Safe Ride operates when classes are in session, during the fall and spring semesters, 7 days a week.

Walking Escorts provided: 6 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Driving Escorts provided: 8 p.m. - 6 a.m.

Safe Ride Program Guidelines

  • A Bronco ID must be provided. For two-person escorts, at least one person must provide a Bronco ID.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in a Safe Ride vehicle at any time (even if all occupants are 21+ years old).
  • Suitcases, luggage and laundry are also not permitted in the Safe Ride vehicles.
  • Escorts will be provided for on-campus origins and destinations only. Escorts will not be provided off campus at any time.
  • If your starting location is a short distance away from your ending location, you may be given a walking escort at the discretion of the dispatcher.
  • Individuals who are visibly intoxicated or disorderly will be refused an escort by Safe Ride drivers.
  • Three or more people travelling together do not qualify for a Safe Ride escort. There is safety in numbers. A walking safety escort may be provided.
  • Groups of 3 or more, or those wanting transport to-or-from an off campus location, might consider contacting one of the many local taxi companies.
  • Walking escorts may be provided at the discretion of the dispatcher if any of the above guidelines are not met .
  • Safe Ride drivers and dispatchers may refuse an escort to anyone at their discretion.

More About the WMU Safe Ride Program

The Safe Ride program is a service designed to enhance your safety and peace of mind while you walk on campus after dark. The primary purpose of the WMU Safe Ride program is to provide escorts to persons walking alone to on-campus destinations such as classrooms, buildings, residence halls and parked cars and is concerned about walking alone at night-not just simply for the sake of a free ride.

Safe Ride also provides additional eyes and ears for the WMU Police Department by observing the campus environment during the escort service. All Safe Ride personnel are equipped with a two-way radio for direct access to the Department of Public Safety's police dispatch center. Safe Ride and Student Watch personnel are not permitted to become involved in any physical altercations.

Safe Ride employees are carefully screened for employment. Like all our other employment groups, student employees must have:

  • Clean driving records
  • No criminal history
  • Positive recommendations for employment