The University of Minnesota issues crime alerts to the campus community for crimes that occur on University property or in areas adjacent to campus. Crimes that may trigger a crime alert include criminal homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson or any other crime that the University feels pose an ongoing threat to the university community.
Crime Alerts are distributed via email to all University of Minnesota students, faculty and staff. Individuals who are not part of the University may also subscribe to receive Crime Alerts and other public safety information by clicking here.
Because a well-informed community is an asset to public safety, Crime Alerts include as much information as possible about the incident and the suspect – including the detailed description of a suspect as provided by the victim. That may include a complete physical description of the suspect such as race, approximate age, height and body type, as well as any unique identifying characteristics such as an accent, a distinctive article of clothing, or a vehicle used in a crime.
TXT U and other Emergency Notifications
TXT-U is the University of Minnesota’s mass notification text messaging system. TXT-U messages are sent only when a dangerous condition exists on campus, or for campus closures due to weather. All students, faculty and staff are automatically registered with the TXT-U system. Anyone is allowed to opt out of the system at any time, but anyone who opts out will not receive emergency TXT-U notifications.
With a campus as large as the University of Minnesota’s, no single method of communication can effectively reach everyone during an emergency. The University's goal is to communicate emergency information in many different ways to ensure that the most people receive notification as quickly as possible. In addition to TXT-U, a number of other tools are used to distribute emergency information:
- Tone Alert radios
- On-the-ground public safety personnel
- Campus-wide email
- The University home page and campus websites
- Campus-wide outdoor public address systems
- University of Minnesota Facebook page
- University of Minnesota Twitter
- Digital Signs throughout campuses
Many students and employees live in the neighborhoods that surround the campus. These neighborhoods are not the jurisdiction of the UMPD and most are outside of the University’s Clery Act responsibility. However, when a serious crime occurs in an area just outside of our Clery geography, the University works closely with our law enforcement partners to determine if a public safety notification should be issued to the University community.
Community members are encouraged to sign up for community and neighborhood alerts for off-campus areas. This can be done through the police department where you live.
Public Safety Updates
The Vice President for University Services issues a weekly Public Safety Update (biweekly during the summer and class breaks) to keep the University community informed of public safety issues on and around campus. Public Safety Updates are sent via email to all students, faculty and staff and are posted on the University Services website.