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 are committed to 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:
- SAFE-U, the University of Minnesota emergency notification text messaging system.
- 2,500 security cameras on the Twin Cities campus, monitored 24 hours a day.
- Secured buildings: 215 buildings with U Card access.
- Code Blue Emergency Telephones: 21 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).
- The U’s Department of Safety includes the University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) and the Public Safety Emergency Communications Center (PSECC ) with professionals working in law enforcement and emergency preparedness.
- 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.
Timely Warning 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 Timely Warning 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. The University's safety efforts are brought together in a concerted and coordinated approach based on four E's: education, environment, enforcement and engagement.
- The University puts a strong emphasis on safety communications to first-year students during Orientation and Welcome Week. Messages cover a broad range of topics including important information on how to stay safe at a large university in an urban area.
- SAFE U is a student awareness campaign that includes print, digital, social, and web components that works to heighten consciousness about the pressing issue of safety.
- The building access program increases Twin Cities campus security by reducing the number of hours campus buildings are open to the general public while ensuring that current students, faculty, and staff have access to facilities when they need it.
- Campus Escorts offer free walking and biking security escorts to and from campus locations and nearby adjacent neighborhoods for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors. Call (612) 624-WALK.
- A safe ride home program for all students, called Gopher Chauffeur, runs 10 p.m. – 2:30 a.m., Thursday – Saturday.
- The Campus Connector and University Avenue Circulator run until 12:15 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. These buses complement the Gopher Chauffeur service and 624-WALK.
- Highly traveled pedestrian corridors are illuminated by white metal halide bulbs in exterior light fixtures. The U continues to work with the City of Minneapolis and Xcel Energy to improve additional busy pedestrian routes.
- Security cameras are in place on highly traveled pedestrian routes including University Avenue, Church Street, and Washington Avenue.
- The University of Minnesota Police Department is visible and actively engaged on and around campus. In addition to regular patrols, we have assigned one investigator to walk the campus each day. Two new officers were hired in 2016 and assigned to permanent foot beats. Be sure to say hi to these beat officers.
- For the past two years at the start of fall semester, the UMPD conducted enhanced enforcement operations on select weekends to keep students safe and reduce underage drinking.
- The campus and surrounding neighborhoods are 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.
- The University's Board of Regents approved a resolution related to the U's approach to engagement for the vitality and safety of the neighborhoods surrounding the Minneapolis campus. The U seeks to ensure a vibrant, welcoming, safe and attractive environment for all.