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Emergency Notifications

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has a detailed communications plan for any on-campus emergency—fire, bomb threat, severe weather, major crime, riot, or accident. In all events, we strive to communicate quickly and accurately with the University community, the media, and the public to keep our campus safe.

SAFE-U Notifications

Rapid notifications in emergency situations will be sent to faculty, staff, and students via the following channels: text, phone, and email, depending on individual preferences. All contact methods may be updated or changed with the exception of the umn.edu email address, which is required. Situation updates will be posted on the Public Safety “Safety Notifications” webpage. In certain circumstances, information may also be posted on umn.edu. All users are encouraged to specify their contact preferences and update their contact information in MyU.

SAFE-U Emergency Notifications are issued upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to campus. They inform the campus community of immediate action steps that will help preserve safety. 

These steps include: 

  • Use Caution If you are in the area, use caution and be aware of your surroundings
  • Avoid Area Stay away from the area
  • Shelter in Place Stay where you are until an all clear is given
  • Evacuate Follow your building evacuation procedure to evacuate the building
  • Run Hide Fight If you can safely leave the area, leave. If you are unable to leave the area safely, find a safe and secure location to hide. If you are left with no other option, use materials at your disposal to fight  the active threat

Safe-U Advisory Notifications are issued when a reported crime, occurring on University Clery Geography, is determined to pose a serious or on-going threat to the campus community but does not require immediate action.

Website notifications All emergency, advisory, and incident updates will be posted on the Department of Public Safety “Safety Notifications” webpage.

Learn more about SAFE-U Notifications

Read the Clery Act Notice

Frequently Asked Questions

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The SAFE-U Advisory says the crime occurred several hours ago, why am I just now being notified?

There are many factors that may contribute to delays between when the crime occurred and when you are notified. Crimes are not always reported to the police right when they occur and sometimes are reported hours or even days after the crime occurred. Crimes that are reported to partner law enforcement agencies are often reported to UMPD at a later date. The University aims to notify the campus community as soon as pertinent information regarding the reported crime (e.g. what happened?, where did it happen?, when did it happen?) is available.

I heard about a serious crime occurring on campus, but I didn’t receive a SAFE-U Advisory Notification about it, why not?

A SAFE-U Advisory Notification is only sent for a crime that poses a serious or on-going threat to the campus community. Generally, a SAFE-U Advisory Notification will not be sent if the perpetrator of the crime is immediately arrested and detained.

Why is there no suspect description?

SAFE-U notifications are not intended to identify a suspect, but to alert students, faculty, and staff of danger, and enable the campus community to make informed decisions about how to protect themselves from the occurrence of similar crimes.

The Clery Act requires this important safety information is distributed to the campus community as soon as pertinent information is available. As such, the University aims to distribute general information about the crime (crime type, location, and time of occurrence) as soon as this information is available. At the time of the notification suspect descriptions may not be available, may be incomplete, or may change as the investigation continues and new information becomes available.

On occasion, DPS may ask for the public’s help in identifying a suspect(s) or person(s) of interest in an investigation.  In those cases, DPS will utilize social media, the DPS website, email, and/or the media to make the ask for help.

Why is the race of the suspect not included?

It is the University’s practice to not publish the race of a suspect in SAFE-U e-mail and text notifications.

SAFE-U notifications are not intended to identify a suspect, but to alert students, faculty, and staff of danger, and enable the campus community to make informed decisions about how to protect themselves from the occurrence of similar crimes.

The Clery Act requires this important safety information is distributed to the campus community as soon as pertinent information is available. As such, the University aims to distribute general information about the crime (crime type, location, and time of occurrence) as soon as this information is available. At the time of the notification suspect descriptions may not be available, may be incomplete, or may change as the investigation continues and new information becomes available.

How can I make changes to my to SAFE-U Notifications, including opting out?

Learn how to modify your notifications on the SAFE-U Self-Help Guide.

NOTE: Per Federal law, you cannot opt out of receiving notification via your University email.

I am a parent, can I get SAFE-U Notifications?

Parents, spouses or other interested parties may download the SAFE-U Notifications app from Everbridge to receive safety notifications from the University. When they have downloaded the app they can enter the keyword UMNSAFEU (case sensitive) to subscribe to alerts in the app.

Safe-U notifications app (Everbridge)

For more information, view the SAFE-U Self-Help Guide

How can I learn more information about the Clery Act?

Learn more about the Clery Act at the University's Clery Act page or visit the U.S. Department of Education's site

 

Where can I find recent SAFE-U Notifications?

The University posts recent notifications and updates on the Public Safety website

How can I receive crime alerts from the jurisdictions surrounding the campus?

Minneapolis campus: MPD 2nd Precinct alerts
St. Paul campus: Ramsey County community alerts