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Public Safety Update

May 6, 2015

After further investigation, the University of Minnesota Police Department is no longer investigating the report of a sexual assault in Sanford Hall as a stranger sexual assault. As a result of the investigation, UMPD has found no immediate and on-going threat to public safety related to the case.

The University will continue to review any additional information as it becomes available and support the student who filed the report.

When it comes to safety, here are things to keep in mind:

  • First, if you feel or hear that something is wrong or out of place, call 911
  • For those living on campus, contact the Community Advisors on Duty, or the 24-Hour Information Desk.
  • Every residence hall has a 24-Hour Information Desk that monitors entrances.
  • All halls have points of secure access; please do not let anyone into the building that you do not know or allow someone to enter the building behind you, especially as we move into finals and move-out week.
  • CA's and Security Monitors are on call and around the building every evening; please call them with questions or concerns.
  • If you see people engaging in behavior that is disrespectful or could jeopardize the safety of our community speak up, or call someone else to assist.
  • Our residence hall practices are robust, we review safety and security measures continuously and we will review those measures in the wake of this incident.
  • We have national leaders in our Aurora Center, which is about to hire a Men's Engagement Coordinator, who will work on programming and outreach to men to prevent sexual assault, and the center offers more than 100 training sessions each school year for faculty and students.
  • We have active student leaders who are leading the way.
  • Our Title IX coordinator is in the process of changing our policies on consent.

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our campus safe.


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