Connect & Communicate

Public Telephones and Two-Way Radio

Public Telephones and Two-Way Radio

Public Telephones

Courtesy campus phones are provided at various campus locations as a service to the UW community.  These phones are generally restricted to on-campus dialing and paid for by the campus departments in their vicinity.

Elevator Phones

State elevator code requires that all public building elevators be equipped with emergency phones.  UW elevator phones are programmed to ring to the UW Physical Plant Communications Center (685-0200) at the touch of a button.  Outside of normal business hours, these calls are forwarded to the UW Police Department.

UW Medical Center (UWMC) elevator phones, and some in the Health Sciences Building, ring to the UWMC paging operators at 548-6190.

All elevator phones and lines on campus are provided free of charge by the UW Information Technology (UW IT).

Pay Phones

Please contact the UW Information Technology (UW IT) for all of your pay phone needs at

Security/Emergency Phones

Public security/emergency phones connect callers directly to the UW Police Department (UWPD). They are located wherever the UWPD determines that public or property safety warrant it. Security/emergency phones similar in style to standard units are available, as are weatherproof, explosion-proof, dial-less, and strobe-equipped models.

Callers wishing to place urgent police, fire, or medical emergency calls from UW telephones other than the Security/Emergency phones described, should dial 9-911.

Two-way Radio

Two-way radio service is available on the UW campuses. While the UW Information Technology (UW IT) can help arrange acquisition or licensing, campus radio systems are generally owned and operated by user departments. Currently, the two main systems in use on campus are operated by Physical Plant and the UW Police Department. Individual departments are responsible for operating their radio systems in compliance with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations.

For more information on Two-Way Radio acquisition or licensing, contact Andy Ward at 206-221-2000.

Last modified: July 15, 2013