Campus resources available to you: Message from Interim President Kim Schatzel and Police Chief Robert Heighes

To the Eastern Michigan University community:

We hope your 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.

Eastern Michigan University is a very safe campus -- among the safest of Michigan's 15 public universities. Eastern, along with all universities in the United States, is required under federal law to annually provide comprehensive and accurate data regarding criminal incidents that occur on or around campus. This data is compiled in a safety comparison chart (pdf) that shows how Eastern compares to other universities in the state.

We have 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 can 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. You also can call 911. Our highly trained, professional and accredited police force of more than 40 officers is on duty 24/7, 365 days a year. They are fully sworn in the city of Ypsilanti and deputized in Washtenaw County, and are very responsive to your needs. Our state of the art headquarters for the Department of Public Safety, located on the northwest side of campus, is equipped with a high-tech communications center and we have more than 700 cameras located across campus. The Department of Public Safety also coordinates the SEEUS walking/mobile escort service.
  • Eastern uses a university-wide text-messaging alert service, known as RAVE, to notify students, faculty and staff of weather emergencies or if an emergency situation occurs on campus. The alerts provide real-time information as a text message to your cell phone in the event of an emergency. To sign up for the free service, visit the Emergency Alert Messaging website.
  • Concerns or complaints about sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual assault 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. 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 248 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’s online student handbook contains information for students about available university services, university policies and procedures, and helpful information to aid in student success.
  • 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 ALICE (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 the ALICE program website.
  • Off-campus housing owners are required to complete a questionnaire about their buildings' safety features in order to be included on the University's off-campus housing website. 
  • 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, abuse of the employee scheduling process, time cards 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 the Anonymous Ethics and Compliance Reporting website.

A comprehensive list of University safety-related resources can be found at EMU Police website. Information includes links to safety tips, information about receiving emergency text alerts on your mobile device, emergency procedures, safety data that compares all Michigan universities, and more.

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.

Kim Schatzel
Interim President, Provost and
Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
office_of_the_president@emich.edu

Robert Heighes
Chief of Police and
Executive Director of Public Safety
rheighes@emich.edu