Safety and Security Information

Safety is the responsibility of all students, staff, faculty and guests at Eastern Michigan University. A few tips to follow:

  • Always lock your door and your car.
  • When entering the building, do not let others follow in behind you without swiping in.
  • Do not prop doors open. Keep your car locked and personal belongings out of view. 
  • Report suspicious activity or crime immediately to a resident advisor, the front desk or Public Safety. When in doubt, make the call.

In addition, consider getting acquainted with the following resources to ensure best safety and security practices:

EMU Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is charged with enforcing laws on campus and coordinating campus safety. All officers are fully sworn law enforcement personnel. 

DPS is staffed at all times. EMU Police Officer duties include organizing security and public safety activities which enhance the quality of campus life and protecting life, property and individual rights.

Notify DPS immediately for all emergencies: 734.487.1222 from a cell phone or 911 from any campus landline. Calling 911 from a cell phone will route you to Washtenaw County Dispatch.

Become familiar with locations of campus Emergency Assistance Stations and Kiosk emergency telephones (Blue-Light Phones). When there are crimes or safety concerns at EMU, DPS will prepare formal documents to alert the campus, these are called Timely Warnings, Community Safety Notices or Campus Alerts. 

Download the Annual Security Report [PDF].

Area Police Officers (APO)

The Department of Public Safety sponsors police officers within the residence hall areas: Best, Downing, Buell, Wise, Walton/Putnam and Phelps/Sellers. Each police officer maintains regular office hours within each complex.

Students are welcome to call or stop in during the designated office hours.

  • Walton/Putnam, Phelps/Sellers APO: 734.487.8096 (Located in Putnam)
  • Best, Downing, Buell, Wise APO: 734.487.5867 (Located in Downing)

Reporting Crime and Suspicious Activity

It is important to report all crime and any suspicious activity, as soon as possible, to DPS and then to the residence hall and apartments staff. You may go to DPS in person or call 734.487.1222. Depending on the situation, an officer may be sent to the scene. When in doubt, call and DPS can assist.

Instant Text Alerts with RAVE

Sign up for EMU’s emergency alert text program to receive Emergency Text Alerts on the Rave website. Check your my.emich e-mail announcement for campus alerts. The alerts will provide real-time information as a text message to your cell phone in the event of an emergency. You will also receive the same text via e-mail.

Public Entrance Security 

Residence hall and apartment entrance doors are locked at all times. Any university student, staff, or faculty member may use their EMU ID to access the hall lobbies during the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Only residential students have access to their hall from 7 p.m.–7 a.m.


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