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Dec. 16, 2005
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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.

* Installing and evaluating emergency assistance stations, which provide immediate communication with the Public Safety Department.

* 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.

The following are helpful websites for additional safety resources:

Rape Prevention – Don’t Become a Victim

Combating An Attacker

After a Rape

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. Among its programs, RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault 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
RAINN offers advice for dealing with rape.

Violence Against Women Online Resources
Provides materials on domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking for criminal justice professionals, sexual assault and domestic violence victim advocates, and other multi-disciplinary professionals and community partners who respond to these crimes.

Assessing Justice System Response to Violence Against Women: A Tool for Law Enforcement, Prosecution and the Courts to Use in Developing Effective Responses

Eastern Michigan University Services

Eastern Michigan University Health Services
(Snow Health Center)

Health Education
Offers programs and information on health issues.

EMU Counseling Services
Counseling Services provides individual and group counseling; emergency services and crisis intervention; workshops and educational presentations. All services are free of charge and confidential.

EMU Counseling Services at University Health Service

Counseling Services Staff

What To Do If You Are Sexually Assaulted

Counseling Services offers self-help resources

Additional EMU resources

EMU Department of Public Safety
Parking Structure Drive at Oakwood, Ground Floor
Dispatch: 734.487.1222
Administration: 734.487.0892
Fax: 734.480.4847

EMU Department of Public Safety’s Crime Statistics

Public Safety Services
EMU police offer free rape aggression defense (RAD) classes for women and a separate class for men, and seminars on date rape; sexual assault/rape prevention/legal aspects; domestic violence; emergency procedures; campus and building safety; and commuter/travel safety.

SEEUS Walking and Mobile Escort Service
SEEUS (Student Eyes and Ears for University Safety) provides escorts to persons walking alone to classrooms, buildings, residence halls and parked cars. Mobile escorts are available from North Campus Lots 1 and 2 to residence halls and on-campus apartments.

SEEUS begins its walking escort service at 5 p.m. The SEEUS escort service is in operation Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m.-3 a.m., and Friday, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. SEEUS personnel are assigned to the primary pedestrian walkway areas and are available for escorts by calling 48-SEEUS (487.3387).

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 on-campus apartments.

Additional Referral Services

Ypsilanti Police Department
Non-emergency. 734. 483.9510.
Administration. 734. 483.8590.
Records. 734. 483.8777.
Fax. 734 483.7060.
505 West Michigan Avenue.

University of Michigan’s Rackham School of Graduate Studies web site
Provides a list of area resources including the Assault Crisis Center
and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center in Ann Arbor

Planned Parenthood Services

St. Joseph Mercy Health System mental health counseling

St. Joseph Mercy Emergency Room Information

St. Joseph Mercy web site

Online Health Information Clearinghouse and Support Groups (information
available through St. Joseph Mercy web site.)

The Corner Health Center in Ypsilanti
The Corner Health Center provides primary medical care, pregnancy care,
gynecology and pediatric care for adolescents and students ages 12 – 21.

The University of Michigan Health Systems web site

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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