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Safe U.

Public Safety and the U

The safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors is of the highest priority at the University of Minnesota. University leaders continue to implement a multipronged approach to actively promote on-campus safety, while working with our Minneapolis and other community partners to ensure proper resources are dedicated to making off-campus neighborhoods safe.

Campus security

Since 2002 the University has invested nearly $16 million in campus security systems and infrastructure. Many resources are in place to monitor, promote and ensure safety on the Twin Cities campus:

  • TXT-U, the University of Minnesota emergency notification text messaging system.
  • 1,700 security cameras on the Twin Cities campus, monitored 24 hours a day.
  • Secured buildings: 158 buildings with U Card access and 2,600 doors with card access readers.
  • Code Blue Emergency Telephones: 20 phones provide instant two-way communication with University Police with the push of a button. Located throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.
  • 267 emergency intercom buttons, located in the stairways of most parking structures on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. Callers are immediately connected to the University's Police Security Emergency Command Center (PSECC).
  • Coordinated efforts: With professionals in law enforcement, emergency preparedness and security, the U'sDepartment of Public Safety comprises Central Security, Emergency Management and the University of Minnesota Police Department.
  • Many safety resources for students such as the Gopher Chauffeur free transportation service and 612-624-WALK—the free 24-hour campus safety escort service—can be found on the What You Can Do page.

Ensuring fair policing

The University does not tolerate racial profiling, and any reports of it will be investigated. See the University Police policy (PDF) regarding racial/bias-based profiling.

Crime alerts and public safety updates

The U believes a well-informed community is an asset to public safety and therefore faculty, staff and students on the Twin Cities campus automatically receive emailed Crime Alerts and Public Safety Updates. Individuals who are not part of the University, but would like to receive these emails may subscribe to updates.

University outreach

The U collaborates with external partners, student government and other campus leaders to spread awareness among students and the University community regarding safety resources.

When an uptick in crime emerged in late 2013, the University brought its resources together in a concerted, coordinated approach based on four E's: education, environment, enforcement and engagement.


  • SAFE U, a student awareness campaign that includes posters, table tents, digital signs, social media outreach and a Web presence, heightens consciousness about personal safety.
  • The U communicates proactively through local media and other vehicles to students, faculty, staff, parents, prospective students and others about public safety issues and efforts.


The University continues to invest in the physical environment to make campus—particularly well-traveled corridors—safer.
This includes:

  • Extending hours of existing campus bus routes, adding a new route and expanding the Gopher Chauffeur service to Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights until 2:30 a.m.
  • Changing light fixtures from yellow sodium bulbs to white metal halide bulbs—to increase the brightness and consistency of light—along the campus side of University Avenue between 12th and Oak streets.
  • Developing a plan to improve lighting in other high-traveled corridors, including Church Street north of Washington Avenue.
  • Adding security cameras on highly traveled pedestrian routes (e.g., University Avenue and Church Street).
  • Implementing a new building access program to increase Twin Cities campus security by reducing the number of hours that campus buildings are open to the general public while ensuring that current students, faculty and staff have access to facilities when they need it.


The University will continue to deploy undercover and uniformed police patrols on campus—and off campus in conjunction with other local law enforcement—when necessary to deter people seeking to do harm, to prevent crimes and to catch criminals.


The campus and surrounding neighborhoods will all be safer when everyone plays a role in promoting and encouraging safety. University leaders are committed to strengthening these partnerships through town hall meetings with students, faculty and staff and metro-wide public safety strategy sessions, among other initiatives.

Additionally, the U is focusing outreach to nearby neighborhoods, landlords and the business community, to encourage them to develop and implement their own local safety-related investments. Advocating for federal and state legislation mandating "kill switch" technology and other measures to discourage the resale of stolen electronic devices.