Current Status

There is currently no emergency situation at Stanford.

Emergency Hotlines

844-ALERTSU (844-253-7878)

For Emergency Assistance

Dial 911
(9-911 from campus phones)

Sheriff’s Office update on hit and run

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office has issued an update, including a suspect sketch, on the November 3 hit and run that occurred on the Stanford campus. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident as a hate crime. The update is available here. Further updates and ongoing press releases from the Sheriff’s Office can be found here.

Annual AlertSU System Test – Friday, November 10, 2023

On Friday, November 10, at approximately 3:00 p.m., Stanford University will conduct its annual test of the campus AlertSU system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to the Stanford community. The alert message will also post to the university emergency website, Public Safety website and the Stanford mobile app.

The outdoor warning system will be activated. If you are outside, you should expect to hear an audible tone for approximately 30 seconds, followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various campus locations. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities, including Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos.

Also being tested are Cisco VoIP speaker phones. VoIP speaker phones are found in many of the academic and office buildings throughout campus. If you have a Cisco phone in your area, the AlertSU message will broadcast from the speaker phone and a banner message will appear in the display.

In the test message sent to your device, you will be asked to acknowledge the message. This is an important step that will help us monitor the success of this test. If you receive both a text and email, you only need to acknowledge one of the messages.


Prior to the test, it is important you verify that your contact information is correct in Axess (students) or StanfordYou (faculty and staff). 

Students: In Axess, make sure there is an entry in the mobile phone field as this is the most rapid and direct way to communicate with you during an emergency.

Faculty and Staff: In StanfordWho, make sure there is an entry in the mobile phone field, as this is the most rapid and direct way of communication with you during an actual emergency. As a reminder: the university requires that employees maintain their directory entry and opt in to AlertSU with their work phone number, email address, and any university-issued or reimbursed cell phone number. Please click here for step by step instructions on how to enter your contact information in StanfordYou or visit for more information.

Additionally, in order to know you are receiving an official AlertSU message, please program the following information into your mobile phone contacts.

  • Email Address:
  • Phone Number: 650-725-5555
  • Text Message phone number: 89361


Members of the public and those without a profile in Axess or StanfordWho can receive emergency alerts by downloading the Stanford mobile app and enabling push notifications.


In a real emergency, the AlertSU message will contain specific instructions. Notify others near you to ensure they are aware of the situation and recommended safety precautions.

Other sources of information about critical incidents include:

For more information about the AlertSU system, please visit the AlertSU FAQ page at:

Learn more about campus evacuation procedures and how to respond to emergencies at

Additional information – Hit and Run, Hate Crime Investigation

Additional information is available about the suspect in the hit-and-run incident, being investigated as a hate crime, that was the subject of an AlertSU message Friday evening.

The victim, an Arab Muslim student, describes the driver of the vehicle as a white male in his mid 20s, with short dirty-blond hair and a short beard, wearing a gray shirt and round framed eyeglasses at the time of the incident. The driver is reported to have made eye contact with the victim, accelerated and struck the victim, and then driven away while shouting “f*** you and your people” out the lowered window of the vehicle.

The vehicle involved in the incident is described by the victim as a black Toyota 4Runner, model year 2015 or newer, with an exposed tire mounted to the rear center and a Toyota logo in the center of the wheel. The vehicle was described by the victim as having a white California license plate with the letters M and J, with M possibly being the first letter and J in the middle.

The California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate this incident. Any witnesses are encouraged to come forward to share information. Please contact the CHP at 650-779-2700 or the Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413.
Final as of 10 p.m.

Community Crime Alert – Hit and Run, Potential Hate Crime

Just before 2 p.m. today, a hit-and-run traffic incident at Campus Drive and Ayrshire Farm Lane, near Bowdoin Lane, was reported to police. The incident resulted in injuries to a pedestrian. Fortunately, the injuries to the victim are not life-threatening.

This incident is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol, as all injury traffic incidents on campus are. Based on the circumstances reported by the victim, the CHP is investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.

The victim reported that the driver made eye contact with the victim, accelerated and struck the victim, and then drove away while shouting “f*** you people.” The victim is an Arab Muslim student at Stanford.

The suspect vehicle is described as a black SUV with a tire mounted on the back. Additional information about the suspect will be shared as it is available.

We encourage any witnesses to this incident to come forward and share with law enforcement any information they have. Please contact the CHP at 650-779-2700 or the Department of Public Safety at 650-329-2413.

Stanford is continuing to work to provide a safe and secure campus environment in the context of heightened tensions related to the events in Israel and Gaza. This includes additional security that has been deployed at key locations on campus. If you ever have a concern for your personal safety, please call 911 or 9-911 from a campus telephone.

This alert is being sent to you in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.