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General Safety Tips

Graduate Student Safety and Support

Graduate students often face challenges quite specific to their role on campus. All graduate students are invited to participate in a free 90 minute Personal Safety Workshop (PSE) to learn emergency physical techniques and practice professional and social safety skills.

Register for U-M Emergency Alerts

U-M Emergency Alert is a free, mass notification system by which the University can notify students, faculty, and staff of an active, major campus emergency.

Register Your Laptop

Laptops, personal electronics, and bicycles are easy targets for theft. In addition to the cost of replacement, they may have personal information and intellectual property that can be difficult or impossible to recover and protect. The U-M Division of Public Safety and Security is offering a free Laptop, Personal Electronics, and Bicycle Registration Program to members of the campus community to deter theft and avoid the consequences or assist in the recovery of stolen property.

Active Attacker Safety Tips

Chances are you’ll never face an active attacker situation. However if you do, you need to be prepared. An active attacker situation can cause panic and disbelief. Knowing what to do in advance increases your chances of surviving. Your reaction matters.

U-M Safety Resources

There are many resources provided by the University of Michigan to help you think about your personal safety, talk about safety with your friends, and share responsibility for keeping our campus community a safe place.

Identity and Information Safety

Don’t be the victim of identity theft; protect your information with these tips from the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security and U-M Information and Technology Services.

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC)

SAPAC provides educational and supportive services for the U-M community related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. In addition to the many resources available on the website and at the office, the 24-Hour Crisis Line is staffed by trained counselors.

Student Safety Tips

Safety tips from the Dean of Students.

Safety at Home

Tips for a Safe Off-Campus Home

Always remember to lock your door and review these tips to protect your home and your belongings.

Renter’s Insurance

Renters insurance has the same purpose as homeowner’s insurance; to reimburse you for losses if your personal property is lost, stolen, or damaged.

Severe Weather Preparedness

Michigan weather can change at any moment. Be prepared in the event of a tornado or severe thunderstorm with these safety tips from the U-M Office of Emergency Preparedness.

Fire Safety

The Ann Arbor Fire Department (AAFD) provides emergency services including fire suppression, vehicle extrication, medical response, hazardous materials response, water/ice rescue, and technical rescue 24 hours per day.

Safety Outdoors

Late Night Transportation

If you need transportation to your car, home, another location on campus, or elsewhere in Ann Arbor after buses have stopped running, there are multiple options–and many of them are free for U-M students.

Blue Light Emergency Phones

Wherever you are, if you see something suspicious or if you see someone in trouble, call 9-1-1 to reach the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS). The University has Blue Light Emergency Phones located throughout campus. These phone can be identified by a free standing pedestal and blue light mounted on top. When the telephone receiver is removed from the cradle or the button is pushed, the DPSS Communications Center is automatically alerted and an officer is sent to the location of the telephone. No dialing or conversation is required. If possible, however, try to describe the emergency to the Communications specialist.

Bike Safety

For many members of the University community, bicycling is the preferred mode of travel around campus. Do your part to stay safe when biking by being aware of this information.

Parking and Vehicle Safety

If you have a car on campus, consider these tips from the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) to keep yourself and your vehicle safe.

Law Enforcement on Campus and in Ann Arbor

University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS)

DPSS is a full service law enforcement agency. University police officers patrol all campus buildings and grounds, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. DPSS officers have the authority to investigate, search, arrest, and use reasonable force as necessary to protect persons and property and to enforce the laws of the State of Michigan and the Ordinance of the Regents of the University of Michigan.

  • For police, fire, and medical emergencies: Call 9-1-1
  • For non-emergencies: Call 734.763.1131

Housing Security

Housing Security is responsible for security, access control, and fire safety in University Housing owned and controlled properties. Professionally trained security officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Responsibilities include several rounds per night through residence halls and Northwood apartment complexes, handling resident inquiries and complaints, conducting ongoing safety and security education, and responding to requests for emergency assistance. For emergencies, call 9-1-1; for non-emergencies, call 734.764.6185.

Ann Arbor Police Department

The Ann Arbor Police Department (AAPD) is a full service law enforcement agency that serves the city of Ann Arbor including the off campus areas of the University of Michigan. AAPD maintains a cooperative relationship and works very closely with the U-M Police Department and the other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in matters of mutual concern.

  • For police, fire, and medical emergencies: Call 9-1-1
  • For non-emergencies: Call 734.994.2911
  • AAPD Tip Line: Call 734.794.6939
  • Crime Stoppers: 800 SPEAK UP or 734.794.6932