Campus resources available to you: Message from President Susan Martin and Police Chief Robert Heighes

September 9, 2014

To the Eastern Michigan University community:

The new academic year is off to a great start. Every new semester offers interesting opportunities and challenges – whether meeting new people, attending new classes, working on new projects, or participating in new activities. 

Eastern strives to be a welcoming environment and it is important we work together to create a community where people feel respected, safe and secure.

Your safety and welfare are our utmost priority. That’s why earlier this year we announced more than $1.7 million in safety and security upgrades. The improvements include: installation of new security cameras in addition to the more than 500 already in place; the addition of 10 new EMU police officers to bring our total patrol force to more than 40 officers; improved and expanded lighting around and adjacent to campus in the Leforge Road area and along Huron River Drive; installation of more AED devices (defibrillators); and, evacuation signage for all campus buildings. 

In addition, this summer we announced a joint effort with Ypsilanti Police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office called the Eastern Washtenaw Safety Alliance aimed at expanding and coordinating patrol efforts in the neighborhoods surrounding campus.

The focus of these efforts is to maintain the extensive safety practices that make Eastern’s campus very safe, while greatly increasing our off-campus safety presence.

Eastern has many resources in place to offer immediate help and assist with a wide variety of concerns. Many people on campus are trained to respond and assist you in numerous situations.

If you feel you need assistance, or think you have witnessed or been the victim of a worrisome incident, you should do one or more of the following:

  • If you witness a crime or see an emergency on or near campus, call Eastern Michigan University Police at 734-487-1222. Program this number into your phone. Or call 911. Our highly trained, professional and accredited police force is on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. They are fully deputized in the city of Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County, and are very responsive to your needs. The EMU Department of Public Safety headquarters is located on the northwest side of campus and is equipped with a high-tech communications center. The Department of Public Safety also coordinates the SEEUS walking/mobile escort service.
  • Concerns or complaints about discrimination or sexual harassment should be directed to the Title IX coordinators as indicated on the Title IX Compliance website.
  • The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards can be a valuable resource for students seeking advice on a variety of issues. The office conducts workshops on campus issues such as hazing, sexual assault, drug and alcohol use and other at-risk behaviors. The office also provides advice to students on issues and questions about student-related policies and prohibited behaviors in the EMU Student Conduct Code and Policies Affecting You booklet. The office is located in 250 Student Center, 734-487-2157.
  • Students who have a concern about University policies, procedures and decisions can contact the Office of the Ombuds in 240 Student Center by calling 734-487-0074 or emailing EMU_Ombuds@emich.edu. The Ombuds office provides for a confidential and neutral place for students to express concerns. 
  • Eastern Michigan University relies on you to speak up if you believe that you have observed unethical, illegal or suspicious behavior. Such situations may include: ethics and compliance issues, such as financial reporting; human resources and equal opportunity issues such as harassment, discrimination, scheduling abuse or disciplinary action; environmental, health and safety issues or threats and violence; alcohol/drug abuse; or, internal theft. You can file an anonymous report at https://www.compliance-helpline.com/welcomePageEMU.jsp.
  • College can be an exciting yet complex and challenging environment that creates moments of stress and anxiety. If you are experiencing stress and feel you may need assistance, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 313 Snow Health Center, 734-487-1118. Visit the website for the variety of CAPS services.
  • Eastern Michigan University has adopted the A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) program to teach proactive measures that people can take when faced with an assailant entering a building or classroom. Training seminars are being scheduled by the Department of Public Safety. Learn more at http://www.emich.edu/publicsafety/police/shooter.php.
  • More information about housing options can be found on the Residence Life & Housing website at http://www.emich.edu/residencelife/.

A comprehensive list of University safety-related resources can be found at http://www.emich.edu/police/index.php. Information includes links to safety tips, how to receive emergency text alerts on your mobile device, emergency procedures, safety data that compares all Michigan universities, and more.

This video provides an overview of Eastern’s safety efforts: Safety Overview 

This video provides a student perspective of the “Top 10” safety tips to ensure your campus experience is positive: Student Safety Tips

We urge you to be aware of your surroundings, and, when appropriate, take action and use the many resources available to you. Together, we all make Eastern a welcoming and safe community.

Susan Martin                                         Robert Heighes
President                                               Police Chief