Safety and Security

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 at www.getrave.com. 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 and Night Watch Program

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.

The Night Watch program (NW) provides entry security 7 days a week. NW is available in Best, Buell, Downing, Hill, Hoyt, Phelps, Pittman, Putnam, Sellers, Walton and Wise Halls. NW is staffed from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. (except during break periods in which hours are reduced).

During NW times residents must present their EMU ID with hall specific sticker. Guests must present a state ID card, driver’s license, military ID, passport or other government-issued identification, with intact pictures and birthdays, to gain admittance. Library cards, high school or other University IDs are not acceptable IDs for guests. See 1.70 Guests in the Residence Hall and Apartment Rule Section for complete guest policies. Night Watch Staff managing these stations are considered Housing and Residence Life Staff.

SEEUS (Campus Escort Service)

The Department of Public Safety sponsors an evening escort service called Student Eyes and Ears for University Safety (SEEUS).

This walking escort service is in operation daily for the fall and winter semesters, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m., and Monday through Friday for the Spring/Summer semesters, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. SEEUS personnel are assigned to designated areas on campus and at the College of Business (COB) while remaining available for calls for service.

Mobile service is seven days a week during fall and winter semesters only. Hours for Sunday through Thursday are 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., but hours may vary. Hours for Friday and Saturday are 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. during fall and winter semesters only. Hours for Friday and Saturday may also vary. The SEEUS van's primary responsibility is to escort students from Green Lots 1 and 2 to residence halls and on-campus apartments. However, they are available for calls for service to other locations on campus. If you need to verify mobile service hours, please call 734.487.3387 or 734.487.1222.

Students, staff and faculty wishing to have an escort, should call 734.487.3387 (487.SEEUS). The dispatcher will radio an escort. The escort will arrive within a few minutes, depending on call volume. All escorts may be identified by their yellow jacket or T-shirt with the SEEUS logo. Students, staff or faculty wishing to report suspicious activities or concerns may approach any of the SEEUS personnel. If the voice mailbox is reached during SEEUS operating hours, contact the Police Dispatch at 734.487.1222 for assistance.

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