As a parent of a college student, the tragedies at many college campuses probably have you wondering, “Will my student be safe at Michigan?” The University of Michigan is committed to protecting the safety and security of our community. Emergencies, disasters, accidents, injuries, and crimes can occur anywhere without warning at any time.

Encourage your student to sign up for the U-M's Emergency Alert system.

U-M has an Emergency Alert system for urgent, mass notifications. The U-M Emergency Alert is comprised of a variety of methods (text messages to cell phones, voice messages to phones, push notifications to apps, emails, website postings, and digital signs) by which the University can notify students of an active, major campus emergency, in which the public safety of campus may be at risk. Examples are:

  • When an attacker is using a weapon to commit violence on campus
  • When a tornado is predicted to strike the campus area
  • When a major hazardous material spill is impacting a large portion of campus

As a large multi-campus system, we require more than a single mode of notification in an emergency. U-M Emergency Alert will add to the array of communication methods used during a variety of campus emergencies, such as crime alerts, regular campus emails, and local news media outlets. In order to receive notifications when the U-M Emergency Alert System is activated, students may register phone numbers to receive text messages or push notifications. Additionally, the University automatically will register all student University of Michigan email addresses. Parents can receive notifications through the Michigan App.

U-M's emergency plans are reviewed and updated to address evolving threats. Staff members from the U-M DPSS, Environment, Health, and Safety, Michigan Medicine, Facilities, and Operations, Student Life, and others coordinate efforts for emergency preparedness at the University to help ensure the University of Michigan is a safe and secure environment for our students. University officials have completed a number of initiatives, including:

  • Emergency response protocols
  • Evacuation plans for University buildings, including residence halls, are in place.
  • Lab security plans
  • Police and security patrols throughout the buildings and campus
  • Coordinated emergency medical response

Students receive safety information at Orientation and in their residence halls, but families can encourage students to be prepared for emergencies. Encourage your student to sign up for the Emergency Alert System in Wolverine Access.

For more information regarding emergency preparedness at U-M, visit dpss.umich.edu. It is our hope that you will use this information as a resource to help prepare your student for emergencies. This is one part of their college education that we hope they will never have to use.