Public Safety Update
July 30, 2014
> Yesterday's robbery on the West Bank that prompted the Crime Alert was disappointing, but it's important to note that it's only the second robbery-related alert of the summer. That's a much lower number than in past years and is due in equal parts to the work of the UMPD and MPD, and to the increased vigilance of the Campus Community. After a brief summer hiatus, weekly Public Safety Updates will resume in August where I'll provide information on infrastructure work completed over the summer and public safety plans for the 2014-15 academic year.
> On Friday, August 8, the Minnesota Vikings will kick off their 2014 season at TCF Bank Stadium with a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. During all Viking games, the campus will be buzzing with Purple Pride, and it's safe to assume that many of the Vikings fans will not be completely familiar with campus. Please offer assistance to anyone who looks like they need it; drive cautiously; and be extra vigilant and watchful for people who might put themselves or others in danger.
August 8 is a regular work day on campus and we're working hard to minimize the inconvenience to faculty, staff and students. Parking ramps and lots will open for football fans at 3:00 p.m. and game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Wherever possible, please do what you can to avoid adding to campus traffic. Actions as simple as rescheduling on-campus meetings or delaying non-essential deliveries will be very helpful and are greatly appreciated. Complete information can be found at the Parking and Transportation Services website.
Later this month, the Gophers will open their season on Thursday, August 28 and similar parking constraints will be in place. The August 8 Viking game and the August 28 Gopher game will be the only weekday games in 2014. The remaining games will be played on Saturday or Sunday, and campus parking restrictions will mirror the restrictions that have been in place since the opening of TCF Bank Stadium in 2009.
> On Thursday, July 31 the University will conduct a public safety exercise in the Biomedical Discovery District, just to the north of TCF Bank Stadium. The exercise will run from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and will include the University of Minnesota Police, as well as the Minneapolis Fire Department and the Hennepin County Medical Center.
The training exercise is not designed to address any specific deficiency in our emergency management process and is not in response to any specific threat. It's simply another opportunity for emergency personnel from the University and our public safety partners to continue to be well prepared in case a major incident occurs on campus.
The exercise will take place inside buildings and the impact on the campus community should be minor, but there will be law enforcement personnel and emergency response vehicles in the area. We are communicating in advance to the campus and residents about this exercise so people understand that this is an exercise and that there is not an actual emergency.
This message was approved by the Vice President for University Services of the University of Minnesota and sent to all Twin Cities students, faculty, and staff.
Visit the safety pages at the METRO Green Line website for more information on LRT safety, how to use bike boxes, and other safety messages.
For more safety and security information, see the University's SafeU website.
Previous updates can be found on the University Services website.