Parents and Families

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With the start of a new school year fast-approaching, take a moment to remind your student of the many safety resources and programs offered by the University of Michigan and the Student Life:

U-M Emergency Alerts

U-M Emergency Alert is a free, mass notification system by which the University can notify students of an active, major campus emergency. Alerts can be received via text message (SMS), voicemail, or email. When the U-M Department of Public Safety (DPS) determines there is an active emergency, DPS will initiate an urgent notification through the Emergency Alert system. Examples of emergency situations include: a tornado in the campus area, an active shooter, or a major hazardous material spill. In order to receive these urgent notification messages, students may register up to two phone numbers and a device via Wolverine Access.

Laptop Registration

The U-M Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers a free Laptop Registration Program to deter theft and assist in the recovery of stolen property. If a registered laptop (or other electronic device) is lost or stolen – and then recovered – DPS can identify its owner and return the item. To sign up, students can visit and select 'Register Your Laptop.' Once the device is registered online, you will receive two stickers in the mail: a larger sticker that acts as a theft deterrent for the top of the laptop and a smaller registration sticker for the bottom. This second sticker is manufactured to be difficult to remove and will leave a trace of its existence on the laptop. 

In addition to the Laptop Registration Program, a cost-effective method to deter theft is to physically secure your laptop to your furniture. Most laptops have a Universal Security Slot (USS) to which you can attach a specially made security cable. If your laptop does not have a USS slot, then a laptop cable with an adhesive pad will work as well.

Beyond the Diag

Is this your student’s first year out of the residence halls? The Dean of Students Office offers a new program – Beyond the Diag – to support students living off-campus. Beyond the Diag connects students to safety resources and special events throughout the greater Ann Arbor area, in addition to cultivating a greater sense of community in off-campus student neighborhoods. Each neighborhood is assigned a Neighborhood Ambassador – a current student whose role is to organize events for neighbors to get to know one another. Through the support of Beyond the Diag, students can more easily transition to living on their own for the first time. If your student is interested in getting involved in Beyond the Diag, have them email for more information.

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