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Health & Safety

Wellness and safety efforts in our buildings and across campus are wide-ranging, and everyone has a role to play so all community members can live, learn, and enjoy campus activities with confidence. Visit our COVID-19 Updates page for the latest community information.

In the event of an accident, injury mental health crisis, or other emergencies, call 911 first and contact your CA, the CA on duty, or the security monitor on duty for additional support. 

Mental Health

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The University strives to raise awareness and improve conditions for students experiencing mental health concerns. Many students need help with problems related to stress, anger, depression, anxiety, and other issues. You're not alone and there are campus resources for you if you need them, including your dedicated building team.

University Mental Health Initiative

Your community advisor, residence director, and other staff are an email, phone call, Google hangout, or Zoom meeting away. Also, the Twin Cities campus offers a number of services to assist students facing these challenges:

Mental Health Crises

The University crisis line is available 24 hours a day. Call 612-301-4673 anytime or text "UMN" to 61222 on evenings and weekends.


Leading a balanced lifestyle can help you succeed in a number of ways. Health is certainly affected by the environment and genetics, but stress management, sleep schedules, and daily activity all make a huge impact on our overall wellbeing. 

University students can access Boynton Health services ranging from dental cleanings and flu shots to eye exams, food pantrysafer sex supplies, and alcohol/substance use services—you can even relax with a certified therapy chicken. University Recreation and Wellness offers more than fitness classesRent some gear and get outside, check out on demand virtual programs, or schedule a massage therapy appointment.

Review the highlighted links below or ask your community advisor to help you get connected to the support you need. 


Building Security

Each residence hall/apartment building's front door is locked 24 hours a day, as are doorways leading to residential spaces. Access to these areas, including dining halls, requires an activated U Card or key/fob issued to residents when they first move in.

A courtesy phone is located outside every residence hall and apartment building entrance to allow guests to call residents from outside the hall to announce their arrival. This phone can also be used to call 911 in case of an emergency.

Security cameras, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, alarms, and more are in all buildings.

Building Staff

Each residence hall and apartment has a 24-hour Information Desk. Staff support emergency response, resident services, and policy enforcement. Phone numbers for on duty staff are posted at the desk.

Community advisors are on duty weekdays from 4:30 pm – 8 am and 24 hours a day on weekends. These upper-division students are available to help residents and they have extensive training to handle emergencies. At least one Residence Director on duty is available 24 hours a day as well. Additionally, Housing partners with the University's police department to provide student security monitors and other emergency services. On duty security monitors conduct daily interior and exterior rounds and are in direct radio contact with the UMPD. 

Working together, we can all foster a safer climate on and near campus. Visit the Safe Campus website for resources, tips, and additional information around alcohol and drug abuse prevention, crime, health emergencies, sexual misconduct prevention, transportation safety, and more.