Getting to your car or home safely, late at night or when fatigued

Know your options

House officers are walking further to their vehicles after their shifts end than ever before.  All house officers should be aware that security escorts should always be available to escort you to your vehicle if desired.  The two programs below are also available: one provides an escort to your vehicle; the other provides a ride to a particular location or parking lot in several urgent/emergent situations.


S.A.F.E.WALK is a campus accompaniment service that functions as an alternative to walking alone on campus at night. Coordinated by staff at the Department of Public Safety (DPS), S.A.F.E.WALK escorts are free of charge and available to all members of the University community.

During the fall and winter semesters, the service is provided daily from 10:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m. Just call (734) 763-WALK (or (734) 763-9255) to request an escort. An employee from U-M Transportation Services will come to your campus location and drive you to your requested location (within a one-mile driving radius of Central and North campuses). During non-service hours, alternative service providers will be identified by DPS (contact (734)763-1131).

Emergency Ride Home

Free taxi rides can be provided in emergency situations for faculty, staff and students to return to their vehicle parked in remote lots or to any location (home, school, daycare provider, etc.). Eligible types of emergencies covered by the program include: personal illness, family illness or injury, unscheduled overtime or other mandatory work-related holdover, stranded carpool or vanpool riders. Fatigued house officers unable to drive home safely should also be covered under this program. The service cannot be used to get to work, for weather-related inconveniences, pre-planned appointments, personal errands or travel between University buildings (including residence halls).

The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Use of the program is limited to six times per permit year.

To request a ride, call the Department of Public Safety at (734) 763-1131.