The safety of our University of Michigan (U-M) community is the Division of Public Safety and Security’s (DPSS) highest priority. We embrace U-M’s commitment to cultivating an environment where ideas and opinions are freely exchanged. We understand that there is sometimes heightened disagreement about various ideologies, and activism will occur. DPSS supports the right to free speech and assembly and provides resources to assist organizers in planning a safe protest or demonstration and to assist attendees in staying safe:
- DPSS Safety Tips: Protests & Demonstrations
- Student Life: Safety Tips for Protesters
- ACLU: Know Your Rights – Demonstrations and Protests
- U-M Standard Practice Guide: Violence in the University Community
Should a demonstration, protest, or behavior of involved individuals create unsafe conditions or unlawful conduct occurs, such as violence; property damage; activity that interferes with the rights of others or the lawful operations and functions of a building; hate speech; or other unlawful behavior, DPSS officers will intervene. DPSS and university partners will move forward with accountability measures for the community’s safety that may include administrative as well as criminal repercussions.
DPSS is available 24/7. If you need emergency assistance, call 911. For non-emergency matters, DPSS can be reached by calling (734) 763-1131 or texting 377911. Additionally, our website offers safety tips, resources, and online reporting options.