Safety and Security

Student safety on campus and at school events is a high priority of the District. Although the District has implemented safety procedures, the cooperation of students is essential to ensuring school safety. A student is expected to:

  • Avoid conduct that is likely to put the student or others at risk.
  • Follow the behavioral standards in the Student Handbook and Student Code of Conduct, as well as any additional rules for behavior and safety set by the Campus Directors, Teachers, or other Administrators.
  • Remain alert to and promptly report to a school personnel any safety hazards, such as intruders on campus, threats made by any person toward a student or staff member.
  • Know emergency evacuation routes and signals.
  • Follow immediately the instructions of school personnel who are overseeing the welfare of students.
  • Practice Internet Safety.

Emergency School Closures

If the need arises to delay opening, close campus, or restrict access to the building because of an emergency, the District will alert the community in the following ways:

District Website, automated calling service, automated email, local media, and texting service (for subscribers).


Under provisions of TEC Section 37.109, and district policy, the School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) is established by the Board of Trustees.

The responsibilities of the SSSC shall include, but are not limited to:

Developing and implementing emergency plans, consistent with the district multi-hazard emergency operations plan, to ensure that specific campus, facility, and support service needs are addressed.

  • Periodically providing recommendations to the Board and Superintendent regarding updating the district multi-hazard emergency operations plan, in accordance with established best practices.
  • Providing the district with any campus, facility, or support services information required in connection with safety and security audit or other reports.
  • Reviewing each report required to be submitted by the district to the Texas School Safety Center to ensure that the report contains accurate and complete information regarding each campus, facility, and support services in accordance with established criteria.
  • Consulting with local law enforcement agencies on methods to increase law enforcement presence near district campuses.

For information, contact:
Aimee Dennis

Upcoming Meetings

December 17, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. - Agenda - Video - Minutes

April 13, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. - Agenda - Minutes

June 15, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. - Agenda- Minutes

November 29, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. - Agenda - Minutes

February 22, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. - Agenda - Minutes

June 28, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. - The Grove in Tyler - Agenda - Minutes

September 8, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. - Ornelas Activity Center - Agenda - Minutes

January 12, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. - Ornelas Activity Center - Agenda Minutes

July 20, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. - UT Tyler Main Campus HPR 262 - Agenda - Minutes

November 9, 2023 at 10:30 a.m.- Ornelas Activity Center- Agenda

February 22, 2024 at 10:30 a.m. - Ornelas Activity Center- Agenda

July 18, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.

November 7, 2024 at 10:30 a.m.

February 20, 2025 at 10:30 a.m.

UT Tyler's Environmental Health & Safety and Campus Police Department help oversee and guide the safety and security of University Academy.


  • UT Tyler University Academy at Longview- Rachel Hawkins,, 903-663-8219
  • UT Tyler University Academy at Palestine- Shelly Parsons,, 903-727-2326
  • UT Tyler University Academy at Tyler- Kelly Dyer,, 903-730-3988