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