Safety at the University
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is like a city within a city. It has its own professional police force, the University of Minnesota police, its own building inspectors, and its own environmental health and safety department. It works closely with local law enforcement agencies and state and county law enforcement, as well as with municipal fire departments, to ensure a timely response to campus emergencies.
The University's 911 dispatch center operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The dispatch center monitors nearly 2,300 security cameras around the clock. There are 200 yellow phones for emergency, medical, and service-related calls, and 20 blue-light emergency call-boxes located throughout campus. An escort service is available24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To request an escort, call the Security Monitor Program at 612-624-WALK (9255).
A committee of senior administrators routinely assesses safety risks and leads efforts to mitigate them. A variety of University departments are involved in planning for and responding to emergencies.
In the event of an emergency on campus, the University uses multiple methods to notify the campus community and general public about the nature of the emergency, how to respond, class or event cancellations, and campus closure.
Those methods include the media; the U’s home page at www.umn.edu; TXT-U, the U’s text message emergency notification system; email; tone-alert radios; and on-the-ground public safety personnel.