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Campus Safety and Security Tips

The Twin Cities campus is among the safest college campuses in the country. Parking facilities, skyways, and tunnels are monitored 24 hours a day with the aid of security cameras and security monitors. Alarm buttons and emergency phones are located around campus. However, safety is everyone’s responsibility. Here are ten tips to help keep your student's experience at the University of Minnesota as safe as possible:

  1. To report an emergency: Dial 9-1-1
  2. For non-emergency or general information, the University of Minnesota Police Department can be reached at 612-624-COPS (2677).
  3. Campus Security Monitors and Escorts: 612-624-WALK (9255). The Security Monitor Program offers a walking/biking escort service to and from campus locations and nearby adjacent neighborhoods. This service is available completely free to students, staff, faculty, and visitors to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. To request an escort from a trained student security monitor, please call 624-WALK shortly before your desired departure time and walk safe.
  4. The University provides services to assist students as they navigate campus through several transportation options.
    • Campus Connector bus service between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses until 2 a.m. during the academic year.
    • The Washington Avenue Bridge Circulator and East Bank Circulator bus services to 2 a.m., Monday through Thursday.
    • Weekend Circulator bus service between the East and West Banks Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 a.m; and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.
    • A free ride service, Gopher Chauffeur from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights during the academic year.
  5. When walking, biking, or running on the University campus, please take into account the following safety tips:
    • At night, walk with a friend if possible. If you have no one to walk with, call the University's campus escort service at 624-WALK.
    • Avoid shortcuts. Take well-traveled and well-lit walkways.
    • Be alert and aware of the people and environment around you.
    • Trust your instincts. If someone makes you uncomfortable, even in daylight, do what is necessary to move away from them.
    • If you feel that someone is following you, go immediately to a nearby location where there are more people.
    • Know the locations of the special 'Code Blue' emergency phones on campus (see below). Please call the University Police at 624-3550 to find out campus locations.
  6. Code Blue Phones: If you are in need of emergency assistance, the Code Blue Emergency Phone will provide instant two-way communication with University Police with the push of one button. Located throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul Campuses, they are all equipped with a lighted faceplate, a Code Blue Beacon and a high-powered strobe. You can call 624-COPS (2677), or see the maps for the Code Blue Emergency Phones.
  7. When driving and parking on the university campus, please take into account the following safety tips:
    • Keep your vehicle locked at all times when it's parked AND when you are driving it. Keep the windows rolled up high enough so that an intruder cannot reach inside.
    • When you return to your vehicle, look around it and inside it before you get in.
    • Keep your vehicle well maintained. Make sure you have enough gasoline to reach your destination.
    • If you will be returning to your vehicle at night, park in a place that will be well lit when you return.
    • If your vehicle breaks down, remain inside it with the doors locked. If anyone stops to help, ask them to go call a tow truck or the police for you.
    • NEVER pick up hitchhikers. This is extremely dangerous.
    • Keep valuables (CDs, tapes, purses, briefcases, etc.) out of sight. Lock bags and packages in the car's trunk.
  8. University of Minnesota crime statistics are public information.
  9. Anonymous tip line: Call 612-626-TIPS (8477) and leave a message with the necessary info.
  10. The University’s Aurora Center for Advocacy and Education provides crisis intervention and advocacy services to victim/survivors of sexual and relationship violence, harassment and stalking. Their 24-hour crisis line is: 612-626-9111.

The University of Minnesota believes that your safety is of utmost importance. Please remember that personal safety is your responsibility—do what you think is best under the circumstances. Above all, stay alert and be cautious.