WKU has its own police department, with nearly thirty officers committed to serving and protecting students. The University knows that college campuses have a bad rap for safety, so they do their best to make sure nothing bad happens. Residence halls are monitored at all times, where students need a key to get into a building and an ID to get past the front desk. Guests (even students from other halls) must be checked in. Overall, the whole campus is really well-lit, including the parking lots, and there are many emergency poles located around campus—push a button and the police department will receive a distress call. There are cameras around the buttons, and, in the extreme case of someone chasing a student, security could follow his or her path by the buttons pushed across campus. Western also offers an escort service (for any time of day), an optional text message alert system, as well as a Provide-A-Ride service, which picks up intoxicated students and gives them a free ride home (with their Western ID).
The health center is also a good service. It is not open all night, but when it is open, it's available for anything from emergency care to check-ups, so students don't have to leave campus. Students can call and schedule an appointment, or just walk in. They offer free HIV testing at certain times during the semester and free flu shots, as well.