Student Life

Safety written on the pavement
A message from:

Joe Piersante, U-M Interim Chief of Police

Laura Blake Jones, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 

Holly Rider-Milkovich, Director U-M’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center

Recently, several serious assaults have been reported near the U-M campus.

The Department of Public Safety is working with the Ann Arbor Police as they investigate each of these off-campus incidents. Both agencies are increasing uniformed police patrols of these areas on and near central campus to increase visibility and ward off additional incidents.

The university is responding by taking action in a number of ways. Examples include:

  • Increasing police on Central Campus during the late evening and early morning hours to both prevent and detect crime.
  • Adding more patrols to the Central Campus. Ann Arbor Police are doing the same.
  • Assigning extra detectives to work with Ann Arbor Police to help investigate each of these off-campus incidents.
  • Providing additional safety and security information at new student orientation.
  • Continuing to share crime prevention tips with the community through the media, crime alerts and the DPS website.

The Emergency Blue Light system functions all across campus, including parking structures. When anyone in a dangerous situation lifts the receiver, it rings directly into DPS. Even if no one speaks on the other end of the line, DPS will send an officer to that location.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our Crisis Line (734-936-3333). SAPAC provides support and assistance to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment and stalking in the university community.

We encourage all members of the campus community to follow strong crime prevention techniques:

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. For example, don’t wear earphones or talk on the phone when walking.
  • Walk with a trusted friend whenever possible.
  • Reduce vulnerability by monitoring alcohol intake.
  • Attempt to walk in well-lit, high-traffic areas.
  • Keep apartment and car doors locked.
  • Consider late-night transportation options, including taxi services. There are several options including a bus service that provides transportation from central or north campus. Search “night transportation options” from the U-M Gateway.
  • Immediately report suspicious behavior to police. Police would rather respond to a tip that turns out to be OK than be called after suspects have fled the area.
  • University students should sign up for UM Emergency Alert. The system sends a text and voice mail to your phone and email if there is an urgent situation. You can sign up through Wolverine Access.

AAPD released two composite sketches of suspects at today’s news conference. Please visit the DPS website for additional details (including previously released composite and reward info) as well as case updates as they develop.

For background and updated campus community messages, visit the Vice President for Communication's website.