Personal Safety on Campus

Even though it is summer in Ann Arbor and the campus seems relatively empty, the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) continues to work to ensure a safe and secure environment for all U-M students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  When incidents occur, you may notice increased DPSS presence in those areas.

  • If you need help, call them!  Call 911 for emergencies, use the blue light emergency phones, or use the DPSS app, which has a button on the home page that will connect you directly to a DPSS 911 dispatcher
  • If you want to contact DPSS but it is not an emergency, call (734) 763-1131, or email
  • If you see something, say something!  Report suspicious behavior. Call 911 for urgent situations; otherwise call (734) 763-1131

A few general safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.  DPSS offers great safety tips for jogging and walking.
  • Trust your instincts. Choose an alternative if a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe
  • Try to avoid secluded and/or poorly lit areas at night, and try to walk in groups whenever possible.  Consider using U-M after-hours transit services.
  • Keep your doors locked – don’t prop an exterior door open or buzz unknown callers into your house or building.  Keep car doors locked too.

DPSS has additional safety tips on their website. They post crime alerts on their website so that you will be aware of any recent crimes on or near campus. The crime alerts are also available in the DPSS app, and are emailed to all U-M Ann Arbor students, staff and faculty.