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Safety Information

Safety is a shared responsibility

The University of Minnesota has a comprehensive and layered approach to safety. In addition to the housing-specific measures described on this webpage, all residents are encouraged to review the Safe Campus website and learn about campus-wide programs like 624-WALK, Gopher Chauffeur, GopherTrip, and the RAVE Guardian app.

You can use these services when traveling to and from your residence hall/apartment or anywhere on or near campus. 


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In the event of an accident, injury, mental health crisis, or other types of emergency, call 911 immediately and then contact your CA, the CA on Duty, or your community's Information Desk for additional support.

Seconds count in an emergency, so don't wait or assume someone else will call.

Safety in our on-campus Gopher community

As a staff, we consider maintaining the safety of all those who live in, work at, and visit our communities to be one of our most important jobs. This is a responsibility we take seriously.

Building Security

  • Locked entrances: The exterior entrance doors to all our buildings are locked at all times as are the interior doors that are the entrances to our residential areas. Residents and staff must use their U Card/key fob to enter these doors.

  • Courtesy phones: There is a courtesy phone at each building's entrance. Guests must be escorted at all times, so guests can use these phones (or other means) to contact residents when they arrive. These courtesy phones can also be used to contact 911 if there is an emergency.

  • Surveillance cameras: Surveillance cameras are located at the entrances to all of our buildings and the interior public spaces. These cameras are monitored by the UMN Department of Public Safety.

  • Emergency exit doors: All buildings have emergency exit doors. These doors are locked and have alarms as they are only to be used if there is a fire or other emergency.

  • Additional measures: We also have fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, alarms, and more in all of our buildings.

Building Staff

  • Information Desks: We have Information Desks in the lobby of all our buildings that are staffed during the day and night throughout the academic year. In addition to being available to answer questions and check items out, the students and full-time staff members who work at these desks will report any emergencies to the University of Minnesota Police Department.
  • Community Advisor on Duty: Community Advisors (student-peer staff) are on duty weekdays from 4:30 p.m.-8 a.m. and 24 hours a day on weekends. They monitor what is happening in their assigned areas and are available if there are any problems. Residents can reach the CA on Duty by using the phone number posted at the Information Desk (reminder: you should first call 911 if there is an emergency requiring police, fire, or medical response).
  • Residence Director on Duty: Each of our buildings has a Residence Director (a full-time staff member who works and lives in the building). At least one of these staff members is on call at all times.
  • University security: Security Advisors conduct rounds each day. These workers will report any issues to the University of Minnesota Police Department, part of the Department of Public Safety.

What residents must do

As a resident, you are also responsible for helping protect the safety of our community. Calling 911 immediately if there is an emergency, not allowing strangers into the building ("tailgating"), and locking doors are all important actions that you must do to protect your new home and our entire on-campus Gopher community.

We understand that it can feel uncomfortable to talk with peers or report information about concerns in the building. However, we all have a responsibility to keep our buildings as safe as possible.

Campus Services

Working together, we can all foster a safer climate on and near campus. Resources are available across campus to provide support, tips, and additional information on alcohol and drug abuse prevention, crime, health emergencies, sexual misconduct prevention, transportation safety, and more.

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