CONWAY, Ark (KTHV) -- As the school year gets underway, UCA is taking part in observing National Campus Safety Awareness Month.
Safety videos, presentations, booths and events will take place across the campus throughout the month.
Arch Jones with the UCA police says, "Campus safety is everyone's business."
More than 11,000 students are enrolled at UCA this semester.
Campus police see that as the number of people they must keep safe.
As colleges across the nation celebrate Campus Safety Awareness Month, the message is simple. Being alert is most important.
Jones says they are being proactive while everyone is still getting accustomed to their new routines.
"It's perfect timing. The start of the academic year to start addressing issues that are relevant on college campuses across the country," says Jones.
At UCA, officials have a full month of events planned. Events to educate students on active shooter survival, the danger of alcohol and drug abuse, sexual assault awareness, and theft prevention.
Jones and his 27 full-time officers keep the message fun, but with full focus on safety first.
"It is not our intent to alarm. UCA is a safe campus. We want our students, faculty and staff to be mindful, not fearful," says Jones.
Katie Webb is a sophomore and says she's always felt safe here.
"The police have been really helpful, like last year if I needed somebody to walk me to my car, because parking can be bad, you can call and have someone walk you so you don't feel as nervous walking alone at night as a young girl," says Webb.
Besides the obvious such as attacks or drunk driving, Jones says they're addressing the issues some people may not think about until they fall victim.
"Students have a lot on their to-do lists--and registering valuables and Operation I.D. might be down lower on that list. But with having Operation I.D. Day, we're giving them a chance to come by and we'll put it in the system for them."
"The biggest thing to remember when you're a student on campus: Always be aware of your surroundings and know that UCA PD is only a phone call away."
Jones says in the past two years they have not had one incoming call on campus emergency phones. Which he says is a good thing. But they are there and can be a comfort for people passing by.