Safety and Security
Our residents' safety and security in University housing and around the Twin Cities Campus is important to us. Housing & Residential Life, in coordination with the University of Minnesota Police Department, works to provide a safe and healthy living environment.
Everyone has a role to play. Visit prepare.umn.edu and learn what you should know during an emergency. The University uses individual student e-mail accounts, Text U and the U of M website to provide emergency communication to students, staff, and faculty.
Emergency and Safety Information
In case of an emergency, such as an accident or injury, you should do the following:
- Dial 911.
- Contact your CA, the CA on duty, or the security monitor on duty.
Security Tips for the Residence Halls/Apartments
Unfortunately, at times, isolated incidents of crime do occur in the residence hall/apartment complex. However, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk.
- Always lock your room door! This is most important and will assure that no unauthorized persons will enter your room.
- Check to see who is at your door before opening it. Do not open the door without looking.
- Do not prop open building doors (even during the day).
- Don’t let people you don’t know follow you into the building. This is known as tailgaiting. Make sure no one follows you into the building without swiping.
- Always escort your guests.
- Utilize your online portfolio at http://myu.umn.edu to keep track of your possessions in case of theft.
- Know where to go for help (i.e. Community Advisor, Information Desk, UMPD).
- Use a U-lock to lock your bike.
- Don’t post all of your information on online social networking site (i.e. Facebook or Myspace). Be selective about what you share on social media. Do not share your address or cell phone number, and carefully select other personal info when sharing.
Building Security Measures
All doors leading to residence hall rooms and apartments are locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Access to these areas requires a key or activated U Card that is issued to residents when they check in at the beginning of the year.
All hall and apartment front doors are locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week except for Centennial, Comstock, Pioneer, and Sanford, which are locked at 7:00PM to allow residents access to the residential restaurants in those buildings.
A courtesy phone is located outside every residence hall/apartment complex entrance to allow guests to call residents from outside the hall to announce their arrival. This phone can also be used to call 911, if necessary.
Security with Housing & Residential Life Staff
Each University housing building has a Security Monitor on duty from 11:00PM to 7:00AM every day of the week. The primary function of these individuals is to keep a watchful eye on the building and residents by making interior and exterior rounds of the building and responding to hall emergencies. Security Monitors are in direct radio contact with the University of Minnesota Police Department and can be contacted by residents by telephone or pager.
All of the halls and apartments have security cameras in all of our lobbies, doorways that people use to gain entrance into the residential areas, and other areas that capture the images of people coming and going from our buildings.
Community Advisors (CA) are on call weekdays from 4:30PM to 8:00AM and 24 hours a day on weekends. Residents can contact the CA on duty via cell phone. These highly trained upper-division students are available to assist residents with all questions and concerns and have extensive training to handle emergency situations. If the CA needs assistance, a Residence Director on duty (RD) is available 24 hours a day. At least one Residence Director (full-time, live-in Master's Degree professionals with a background in Higher Education) is available by phone at all times to assist in crisis situations.
Each residence hall/apartment complex community has an Office Assistant at the Information Desk, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These staff members are responsible for support in responding to residence hall/apartment complex emergencies, providing some Information Desk services and enforcing regulations. Phone numbers for the Community Advisor (CA) and Security Monitor (SM) on duty are posted at the information desk and available through the Office Assistant at the desk.
Walking somewhere alone? Call 612-624-WALK
The Security Monitor Program (a branch of the University of Minnesota Police Department) offers free walking and biking security escorts to and from campus locations and nearby adjacent neighborhoods for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. All Security Monitors are given training in First Aid, CPR, and Body Substance Isolation. All Security Monitors are equipped with a First Aid Kit and a portable police radio in the event of an emergency. To request an escort from a trained student security monitor, please call 612-624-WALK (or 4-WALK from any campus phone) shortly before your desired departure time. Your safety is our first priority!
- Crisis Support Aurora Center (Sexual Assault, Relationship Violence, Stalking): 612-626-9111 or www.umn.edu/aurora
- Urgent Mental Health Consultation: 612-625-8475 (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
- Crisis Connection (Phone Counseling): 612-301-4673 or 612-301-HOPE
- Suicide Hotline (Phone Counseling): 612-347-2222
U of M Student Safety Pledge
As a student, I pledge to take the following actions, and to utilize University resources and services to increase my personal safety and the safety of others:
I will lock my room/apartment door when I leave, and even when I am there.
I will walk with a group after dark. Or, I will call 4-WALK for an escort, or will call 612-388-6911 for a Gopher Chauffer ride (Thur., Fri. or Sat., 10:00 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.).
I will stick together with friends. If I go out with a group of friends I will do everything possible to make sure that we stay together and that no one is left behind.
I will walk in well-lit areas when walking at night, and will avoid walking through vacant lots, alleys, or other deserted areas.
I will use caution when biking or walking near the lightrail.
I will not text and walk simultaneously.
I will be attentive to and observant of my surroundings.
I will not allow people who I don’t know to “tailgate” and follow me into my residence hall/apartment.
I will call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity.
I will avoid potentially risky or dangerous situations.
I will not prop open exterior entrance/exit doors, and I will report propped doors immediately.
I will contact the University Police Department if I have been a victim of a crime.
I will cooperate with police by providing any information I might have when they are investigating a crime or other incident on campus.
I will call to seek help for a friend who may be at risk due to alcohol intoxication.
I will protect my personal property by recording my valuables in an Electronic Portfolio account on the University Police Department website (umn.edu/police).