Carnegie Mellon University

Social Safety & Prevention Resources

College is a time to explore the world as a young adult, build life-long friendships and have fun. At CMU, we care about you, your social growth and your well-being. We want all of your experiences at Carnegie Mellon to be safe and healthy. This page provides a number of safety, prevention and wellness resources that will help to ensure your time at CMU is a positive one. 


CMU Transportation

CMU Shuttle & Escort Services
The Shuttle operates on a fixed route with specific stops throughout the area. The Escort Service operates in the evening/overnight and provides transportation from campus to your neighborhood.

Shuttle and Escort riders can download the Ride Systems GPS App, which allows riders to track the location of CMU buses and to receive important notifications including service delays and cancellations.

Pittsburgh Transportation

Port Authority Bus Schedules
Eligible cardholders may use their CMU ID Card to gain access to transportation via Allegheny County's Port Authority Transit system. This privilege is extended to degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students who pay the PAT fee for the current semester, as well as benefits-eligible faculty and staff members.

Clinical and Health Education Resources

Peer Support

Peer Health Advocates (PHAs)
PHAs are a group of student employees engaged in health education at University Health Services. They host campus events and develop content aimed at improving the well-being of all students.

The Plaidvocates is a peer health and wellness advocacy program for student-athletes that supports the well-being of CMU’s varsity athletics community. This peer-to-peer volunteer organization leads by adopting health-promoting behaviors, provides year-round support and mentorship, and empowers their peers to engage in responsible and informed decision making.

Substance Abuse

Collegiate Recovery Program (CRC)
CRC connects, supports, and engages students (and allies) in or seeking recovery from alcohol and other drugs. For more information about weekly support meetings, social events, projects or related programs, please email us

Quit Smoking Support
Meet with a Health Promotion Specialist to learn strategies to reduce or stop using nicotine. Nicotine patches, gum and prescription support are also available. Call University Health Services at 412-268-2157 to schedule.

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Assessments
Health Promotion Specialists see students after amnesty or citation incidents for further education and support. Students concerned about their or someone else’s alcohol/substance use can utilize these appointments for support.

Mental Health & Stress

CaPS Outreach and Prevention Education (COPE)
Counseling and Psychological Services’ outreach and prevention team provides information,  services, relationship building, training and education, consultation/assessment and clinical intervention. Request a customized COPE service.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
MHFA is an evidence-based, nationally-recognized training that teaches participants how to identify, understand, and support individuals struggling with mental health or substance use challenges. The training is virtual and consists of two hours of self-paced instruction followed by five hours of live instructor-led training via Zoom. This training is offered regularly in collaboration between Health Promotion (University Health Services) and CaPS.

Sleep & Sex

Sleep Consultations
Meet with a Health Promotion Specialist to assess your sleep and sleep practices. Our staff can provide tailored sleep hygiene recommendations and referrals for mental health or medical assessment, if and when needed.

Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening & Counseling
Taking care of your physical sexual health involves personal hygiene practices and getting a check-up by a health care provider. University Health Services offers many confidential services to support your sexual health.

Community Safety Resources

Bystander Action

Active Medical Assistance Protocol (AMAP)
The university community values the health and safety of its members and supports an environment that encourages students to come to the assistance of one another. To that end, the active medical assistance protocol (AMAP) sets forth an expectation that community members take responsible action when the health or safety of a student is compromised due to overuse or abuse of alcohol or illicit substances and/or as a result of hazing activity.

Violence Prevention & Bystander Action

Green Dot
Carnegie Mellon is committed to ensuring that every community member feels safe and protected. The Green Dot program was conceived in the college campus setting to prevent dating violence, sexual violence and stalking. It relies on the premise that if every member of the campus community—students, staff, administrators and faculty—does their small part, the combined effect is a culture that is safe and intolerant of violence.


Carnegie Mellon University Police Department (CMUPD) Trainings
CMUPD is a full-service community-oriented law enforcement agency dedicated to serving CMU’s students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus. The CMU Police Department takes a proactive approach to prevent crime, educate the campus community and sustain a safe environment for everyone.