Parents and Families

Students in their dorm room.

The University of Michigan provides important resources, listed below, to help create a safe environment, and we encourage you to discuss these resources with your student.


All students are encouraged to sign up for Emergency Alerts through Wolverine Access.  Alerts are sent when the U-M Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) determines there is a safety concern. 

Students living off-campus can sign up for to receive alerts about crimes that occur near their off-campus address.

Housing Security

DPSS' Housing Security Officers patrol residence halls and apartments 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Officers respond to requests for assistance in residence halls and U-M apartments and are dispatched by the U-M Police Dispatch Center.

Beyond the Diag

For students who live off-campus, U-M's Beyond the Diag helps to raise awareness of safety issues, as well as fostering a greater sense of community, connectedness and citizenship. See also Beyond the Diag's Safety Recommendations

Blue Light Phones

In the event of an emergency, and/or if a student needs assistance and is unable to access mobile communication, students can use the blue light phones. There are multiple blue light locations around campus, many near residence halls. Lifting the receiver places a call to the U-M Police Dispatch Center. Help is immediately dispatched for emergency calls. Non-emergency calls for assistance are handled in the order they are received.

After-Hours Transportation

Free university buses run across campus until midnight or later. In addition, after-hours transit services are available to U-M students that are either free (Safe Ride, State StreetRide, RideHome) or low cost (Night Ride). If no other option is available, DPSS will provide transportation from campus to a student’s residence. Please encourage your student to use these services.

Register Personal Property 

The U-M Police Department offers a free traceable property registration program for laptops, personal electronics and bicycles to deter theft and assist in the recovery of stolen property.

Of course, students can do a lot to prevent theft by securing their valuables. Key points that you may want to discuss are:

  • Not propping their room doors open
  • Storing their valuables in a safe space
  • Keeping an eye on their belongings even if they are just running to the vending machine or restroom

Stay in the Blue

Students can download the free Stay in the Blue app to help keep their drinking at lower risk levels. With the app, students can:

  • Track how many standard drinks they've consumed and calculate their blood alcohol content (BAC)
  • Get tips to stay safer
  • Learn U-M policy information
  • Get an Uber using GPS location

Violence Prevention and Support

Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) works toward a campus free of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and stalking. Through their commitment to prevention, they provide educational and supportive services for the U-M community. 


Students need to know that at some point everyone feels overwhelmed in college. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free, confidential services to students. The back of the MCard, which all students have, now lists CAPS after-hours information.

Student Support and Assistance

If your student is experiencing challenges and does not know where to turn for help, the Office of the Dean of Students is an excellent starting place. This office handles incidents that interrupts a student’s life, providing support at critical times. 


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