Safety and Security

Our residents' safety and security in University housing and around the Twin Cities Campus is important to us. Housing & Residential Life, in coordination with the University Police, works to provide a safe and healthy living environment.

Building Security Measures

  • All doors leading to residence hall rooms and apartments are locked 24 hours a day.
  • Access to these areas requires a key or activated U Card that is issued to residents when they check in at the beginning of the year.
  • All hall and apartment front doors are locked 24 hours a day/7 days a week except for Centennial, Comstock, Pioneer, and Sanford which are locked at 7PM to allow residents access to the Residential Restaurants in those buildings.
  • A courtesy phone is located outside every residence hall/apartment entrance to allow guests to call residents from outside the hall to announce their arrival. This phone can also be used to call 9-1-1 if necessary.

Security with Housing & Residential Life Staff

  • Each University housing building has a Security Monitor on duty from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. every day of the week. The primary function of these individuals is to keep a watchful eye on the building and residents by making interior and exterior rounds of the building and responding to hall emergencies. Security Monitors are in direct radio contact with the University Police Department and can be contacted by residents by telephone or pager.
  • Video security cameras are operating in public spaces in all facilities.
  • Community Advisors (CA) are on-call weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. and 24 hours a day on weekends. Residents can contact the CA on duty via cell phone. These highly trained upper-division students are available to assist residents with all questions and concerns and have extensive training to handle emergency situations. If the CA needs assistance, a Residence Director (RD) is available 24 hours a day. The RD's, who are full-time, live-in, Master's Degree professionals, with a background in Higher Education, are always available by phone to assist in crisis situations.

Walking somewhere alone? Call 612-624-WALK

The Security Monitor Program, a branch of the UMPD, offers free walking and biking security escorts to and from campus locations and nearby adjacent neighborhoods for all students, staff, faculty and visitors. All Security Monitors are given training in First Aid, CPR, and Body Substance Isolation. All Security Monitors are equipped with a First Aid Kit and a portable police radio in the event of an emergency. To request an escort from a trained student security monitor, please call 612-624-WALK, or 4-WALK from any campus phone, shortly before your desired departure time. Your safety is our first priority!