A safe and secure campus

Drake University is proactive in one of its most important goals — ensuring the safety and security of our students and campus community.

Our mission: a safe, secure campus

The mission of Drake Public Safety is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. Drake Public Safety strives to achieve this mission through a community friendly approach that enhances safety through the visibility of Public Safety personnel, preventive patrols, 24-hour accessibility, positive conflict resolution, and crime prevention and awareness programs. Drake Public Safety collaborates with local law enforcement and community organizations in fulfilling its mission.

In addition to their role in keeping the campus community safe, Drake Public Safety officers also are trained to assist in medical emergencies and have access to portable defibrillators for use in emergency situations.

Parking Updates

Please Note 

Parking Regulations - Highlights 2015-2016

Vehicles may only be parked in clearly designated legal parking spaces. Areas which are posted with signs restricting parking (handicap, service vehicles, loading zones, fire lanes, etc.) must be observed and complied with. Parking in any travel lane, taking more than one parking space, blocking another vehicle, or parking on the lawn are all prohibited. It is neither possible nor desirable to post all areas on campus where vehicles may not park. Specifically, vehicles are prohibited from all lawns, except when specifically authorized. Driving or parking on any sidewalks or pedestrian ways is strictly prohibited.  Parking regulations are in effect throughout the year (all 365 days), including breaks in the academic calendar.

Commuter Lots are designated by signage and are available seven days a week from 6 am – until 2 am. Residential Lots are also designated by signage and are available seven days a week 24 hours a day.

  • Please note that lot #16 –“ Olmsted lot” is now a Commuter Parking Lot.
  • Residential permits are now allowed in lots 1 and 4 between 6 am – 2 am
  • Commuter Permits are now allowed in lots 18N and 24 from 6 am -2 am. 
  • The East side of 27thstreet between Carpenter Ave. and Forest is now a Commuter lot.
    • The West side is a Fire Lane and No Parking is permitted.


For general parking information please visit our parking information page.

Policy Statement


Drake Public Safety,
     emergency 811

Drake Public Safety,
    non-emergency - 515-271-2222

- Des Moines police, fire, ambulance,
     emergency - 911
-  Des Moines police,
     non-emergency 9-283-4811
- American Republic Student
  Health Center  
- Employee Assistance Program
Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct and Notification of Complainant's Rights

(These contacts are all relative to being dialed on campus)