University Police Student Assistants (UPSAs)

University Police is proud to sponsor the University Police Student Assistant (UPSA) program.

This program enables students to experience the work environment and learn about its expectations and repsonsibilities. The program offers flexible, rewarding employment opportunities. The UPSA program is not a work study or financial aid program.

Among other work assignments, UPSAs provide escort services to campus community members or visitors, monitor traffic, oversee social, cultural, and sporting events, and operate the Safe Escort and Motorist Assistant Program vans. They also make rounds in the residence halls and on campus grounds, and report suspicious behavior or unusual circumstances to University Police.

UPSAs are provided with opportunities to advance into leadership roles as team leaders or coordinators. Buffalo State alums who have served as UPSAs are now employed in law enforcement, teaching, military intelligence, probation, the medical field, student life positions, and managerial positions. We are proud of the quality of work our students provide and pleased when they stay with us or their entire student career.

The University Police Department hires more than 60 student assistants each semester.


Become a UPSA
Registered Buffalo State students who have completed one semester or more are eligible to apply to be a UPSA. For more information, call (716) 878-6612 or visit Chase Hall 110 for an application.

Coordinator's Office
The UPSA program coordinator's office is located in Chase Hall 119. Requests for special events, questions regarding UPSA services, and employment application forms are just a few of the many daily tasks required of the program coordinators. Questions or concerns about the program can be made at (716) 878-6612.


MAP Program
The purpose of the Motorist Assistance Program (MAP) is to provide the campus community with services such as loaning a lug wrench or aid in changing a flat tire, providing a container to transport gasoline or transportation to a local gas station, etc. The MAP van driver may also provide jump-starts to dead batteries.

If the MAP van is not operating at your time of need, jumper cables may be loaned to you by University Police, although they cannot provide the jump to your vehicle.

The Motorist Assistance Program does not provide for vehicle lockouts.

MAP van hours during the spring and fall semesters:

Monday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Friday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Walking Patrol
A personal escort to your car or residence hall can be requested by calling the UPSA Coordinator's Office (878-6612) or University Police (878-6333) or extension 6333 from a campus or blue-light phone.

University Police officers wear gray uniforms with name badges; University Police Student Assistants wear bright red jackets or shirts, and ID tags. Each UPSA carries a police radio to stay in touch with the University Police dispatch center.

Walking patrol hours during the fall and spring semesters:

Monday–Thursday, 6:00–10:00 p.m.

Escort Vans
University Police and UPSA offer a free shuttle that operates from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when classes are in session.* The shuttle runs from Lot M to Lot G to Lot C circle and back again. *Schedule is subject to change.

The UPSA program provides late-night escort van service to all parking lots and most buildings during the fall and spring semesters. The escort vans follow a set route on campus, stopping at blue light phones throughout the campus parking lots. 

Van operation hours during the fall and spring semesters: Sunday–Saturday 4:30 p.m.–4:30 a.m.

University Police

Buffalo State  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Chase Hall 110
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6333

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