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

Drake University Campus Parking Restrictions

Drake Relays Week – 2014

Sunday, April 13th – Monday, April 28th

Due to multiple events on campus and increased community presence for the Drake Relays, it is necessary to establish the following parking restrictions for Drake University parking lots from April 13 – April 28.  Please review the restrictions listed below, your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, April 13th from 6:00 am – 3:00 pm (Parade)

Reserved – No Parking: Lot#1 (1300 Block of 25th Street) Special note: The Parade Route (2pm – 4pm) will cause intermittent delays in exiting parking lots along the route along Forest Ave (Lots: 10, 13 and 22), 30th Street (Lots 25 and 34) and University (Olmsted Lot #16).

Sunday, April 20th – Sunday, April 27th (Athletic Dept.)

Reserved – No Parking: Lot #17, (Facilities, 27/Clark) – Reserved for placement and use as Relays athlete warm up area.

Tuesday, April 22nd 10 pm – Monday, April 28th 4 pm (Athletics/Sodexo)

Reserved – No Parking: Lot 18 South (Studio Arts) and Lot 18 North (West Stadium)

Wednesday, April 23rd 8:00 am – Sunday, April 27th 8:00 am (Various Events)

Limited Parking – North Half of Olmsted Lot #16

Thursday, April 24th 12:00 pm – Saturday, April 26th at 6:00 pm (Athletic Dept.)  

Reserved – No Parking: Lot #’s 1, 2, 4 and 10 (Fine Arts, East of Knapp Center, Tennis Center and 25th/Forest) and Intramural Field Parking. 

Special note: Lot, 1, 2, 10 and the 1300 block of 25th Street – converted to pay lots.

(Drake Permits valid at no charge until 2 pm on Friday in Lots 1 and 10)

City Street Closures

Thursday, April 24 @ 1 pm – Saturday, April 27th - 27th Street, Clark Avenue to Forest Avenue, one way southbound for athlete loading and unloading.

Saturday, April 27th – Meek Street for Hammer Throw


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 - 9-911
-  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)