Campus Safety Update and safety resources at EMU
EMU has increased its security measures, and provides access to numerous on-campus and off-campus resources.
YPSILANTI - As reported Dec. 12, 2005, the Ypsilanti Police Department is investigating a criminal sexual assault (rape) and armed robbery that occurred in the 200 block of W. Cross St. The suspect fled on foot from the scene. The victim was treated at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and released.
The suspect is described as a black male, in his late 20’s or early 30’s, with a dark complexion, approximately 5’11 with a slim to medium build. He was wearing dark colored pants; a dark colored winter-styled jacket; black and yellow tipped worker-styled gloves and black boots.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Ypsilanti Detective Bureau at 734.483.5849 or 734.483.9510.
In response to this and other events, Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) has announced additional security measures that include:
* Public Safety has added six additional security guards in addition to the 11 security personnel who were hired in September and October to conduct foot patrols. The 17 security personnel will be walking through buildings from 6 p.m. until the buildings are closed.
* Faculty, staff and students who require after-hours access to a University building should call DPS at 487.1222 to advise public safety that they are in the building; how long will they be in the building; and to provide a contact number at which they can be reached. Faculty, staff and students should call DPS again at 487.1222 to advise them when they are leaving the building.
* DPS officers will be printing and distributing fliers with telephone numbers for the SEEUS escort service (487.3387) and public safety (487.1222) to all departments.
* Public safety will also distribute fliers that offer safety tips to departments and residence halls.
* Between now and the close of the semester, the housing staff will host safety programs on each floor of the residence halls.
* Establishing a campus-wide safety committee to respond to concerns.
In addition to these new measures, the University continues to investigate and implement the following current safety initiatives:
* Evaluating a card access system, which has been installed in Halle Library.
* Meeting with Building Administrators to discuss single point of after-hours access and card access.
* Enhancing the closed circuit television system to include academic buildings.
* Maintaining the Community Service Officer program
to keep additional
eyes and ears available.
* Working with Student Government to identify areas to enhance lighting and emergency phones on campus.
* Expanding SEEUS hours to begin at 5 p.m.
“We are doing everything on campus that we can to address safety issues. One of the most important things anyone can do is to be safety conscious,” said Cindy Hall, director of DPS. “We recommend everyone be aware of the following,”
* Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
* Use the buddy system, whenever possible, especially when walking to your car and when working in buildings after hours.
* Notify DPS at 487.1222 when working in buildings after hours.
* Do not give money or other items to solicitors.
* Contact DPS immediately at 487.1222 for strange or questionable encounters with individuals; solicitors observed on campus and all suspicious activities or persons.
* Dial 911 for all emergencies.
* When dialing an emergency from a cellular telephone while on the EMU campus, dial 734.487.1222. If you dial 911 from a cell phone while on campus, the call will go directly to the Michigan State Police or the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department who will then notify EMU Public Safety.
HOW YOU AND EMU CAN BE SAFER
Rape Prevention – Don’t Become a
Combating An Attacker
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault
its programs, RAINN created and operates the National
Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE. This nationwide partnership
of more than
1,100 local rape treatment hotlines provides victims
of sexual assault
with free, confidential services around the clock.
The hotline helped
133,000 sexual assault victims in 2004 and has
helped more than 900,000
since it began in 1994.
Helping Yourself, Helping Others
Violence Against Women Online Resources
Assessing Justice System Response to Violence
Against Women: A Tool for
Law Enforcement, Prosecution and the Courts to
Use in Developing
Eastern Michigan University Services
Eastern Michigan University Health Services
EMU Counseling Services
EMU Counseling Services at University Health
Counseling Services Staff
Counseling Services offers self-help resources
Additional EMU resources
EMU Department of Public Safety
EMU Department of Public Safety’s Crime
Public Safety Services
SEEUS Walking and Mobile Escort Service
Mobile escorts are available Sunday through Thursday,
10 p.m. – 3 a.m.,
for escorts from North Campus Lots 1 and 2, to
residence halls and
Additional Referral Services
Ypsilanti Police Department
University of Michigan’s Rackham School
of Graduate Studies web site
The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center
in Ann Arbor
Planned Parenthood Services
St. Joseph Mercy Health System mental health
St. Joseph Mercy Emergency Room Information
St. Joseph Mercy web site
Online Health Information Clearinghouse and Support
The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti
The University of Michigan Health Systems web
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their careers and lives, and to be better citizens.
Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.
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