Safety Information


Unfortunately, international students have been victims of crime while studying in the U.S. Most local incidents take place when walking or riding bicycles home from campus, alone, in the late evening or early hours of the morning. Students have reported a higher rate of incidents in the Northgate area than in other locations. Information about safety and the annual Texas A&M Campus Crime Report are located on the University Police website.

Quick links to related ISS safety information webpages:

Emergency Preparation
Receiving Scam Calls
Informing ISS about an Emergency
Reporting Incidents
Safety Tips

Reporting Incidents

ISS reminds all international students that it is critical to report all incidents to the police so that the entire community can remain safe. If police don't have reports of incidents as they occur, they are not aware that there is a problem with safety in particular areas of the city. If they are not aware of incidents, they can't direct additional patrols to those areas and prevent additional crimes, harassment, or other incidents from taking place.

Please refer to the Reporting Incidents: Emergency & Non-Emergency webpage for information on reporting incidents. If you are afraid to report an incident on your own or are unsure how to do so, please contact an ISS advisor for assistance at 979-845-1824.

Maintaining Status During Emergencies

As an F or M student in the United States, it is important that you maintain your student status, even during emergency events under severe weather and other emergencies. Please check the following sites for information from DHS and Texas A&M.


Informing ISS about an Emergency

International Student Services (ISS) provides assistance when there is a crisis or emergency that involves a member of the international student population at Texas A&M University. Please refer to Informing ISS about an Emergency webpage for methods to contact ISS during both business and non-business hours. 


Safety Tips

Please refer to the Safety Tips webpage for general safety tips from the University Police Department Crime Prevention Unit on what you can do to prevent crimes from happening.

We strongly recommend all international students have at least two emergency contacts listed on their university record and that they review/update them every year.  To update your emergency contact:
  1. Log in to Howdy portal
  2. Click on “My Record” tab
  3. Locate the box entitled “My Information
  4. Click on “View/Update Contact Information
  5. Click on “View/Update Emergency Contacts
    1. Please list at least one family member as your emergency contact (can be outside the U.S.)
    2. Update your relationship with the contact under ‘Relationship

Tips for identifying good emergency contacts

  • At least 1 U.S. phone number
  • At least 1 person who speaks English
  • At least 1 person who can translate between English and your native language
  • Make sure the individual(s) you name are those whom you want to be contacted in the event that you experience any kind of serious emergency in which you cannot call them yourself
  • Make sure one of the individuals you name could make decisions or provide a name on your behalf, especially during medical emergencies
  • Program at least one ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone number into your cell phone and save it as “ICE”

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a U.S. federal government agency aimed at protecting consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices. One of their strategic goals is to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive practices. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. The FTC’s Consumer Information website ( contains a significant amount of helpful information related to both preventing and responding to incidents like financial scams, immigration scams, identify theft, and many other consumer complaints. ISS encourages all international students to review the information at so they are better informed and prepared to identify issues. If you believe you have been subject to any form of scam or identify theft, ISS strongly recommends you review the information at in detail and take the action(s) recommended by the FTC. Some of the most relevant FTC webpages that may be of interest to international students include the following:

Receiving Scam Calls

A lot of international students are receiving fake calls from people impersonating the police, a law enforcement agency, or a representative of a U.S. government agency. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These calls can sound convincing. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the real agency is calling. They use fake names and bogus government agency identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.
The ISS Receiving Scam Calls webpage has information on how to distinguish whether the call is a scam and what students should do after receiving a scam call or email.

Emergency Procedures

The TAMU Emergency Preparedness webpage provides guidelines to students on what they should do in an emergency. The 12th Man Emergency Playbook outlines procedures on how students, faculty, and staff should respond in case of an evacuation, severe weather, fire, medical emergency, or a personal safety emergency. Texas A&M University has an Emergency Operations Plan which describes how university departments and local emergency responders will respond during a variety of emergencies on campus.

If you need food assistance, the 12th Can is a Texas A&M Food Pantry that is available for students, staff, and faculty in need of food assistance. The Brazos Valley Food Bank is a local community resource to assist anyone in the local community.

The Texas A&M University Student Assistnce Services provides additional resources and services to TAMU students, staff, and faculty in need during emergencies. 

Code Maroon

Code Maroon is Texas A&M University's emergency notification system that gives the University the ability to communicate health and safety information in an emergency. Texas A&M will use the system only to provide official notification of critical emergencies (i.e. situations that pose an imminent, physical threat to the community).
Code Maroon uses multiple notification methods in a best effort to reach campus members in an emergency. Please enroll in Code Maroon. You can receive Code Maroon notifications by text and/or email messages.
Download the Code Maroon Mobile App  The Code Maroon App instantly alerts you of campus emergencies or warnings on any Android or iOS device with a data connection.

Tell Somebody

Tell Somebody is a reporting system for students, faculty and staff to report behavior that may involve threats to the safety and security of the University community. As a member of this University community, if you observe any behavior that is concerning to you, please report the behavior using the online reporting form or by contacting one of the Special Situations Team members during business hours.

Stop Hate

Texas A&M is committed to the fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity and human dignity. To fulfill its multiple missions as an institution of higher learning, Texas A&M encourages a climate that values and nurtures collegiality, diversity, pluralism and the uniqueness of the individual within our state, nation and world. All decisions and actions involving students and employees should be based on applicable law and individual merit.
Texas A&M University, in accordance with applicable federal and state law, prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Individuals who believe they have experienced harassment or discrimination prohibited by this statement are encouraged to contact the Stop Hate office.

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