Empowering Activism, Ensuring Safety: Guidelines for Protests on U-M Campus

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Our University of Michigan campuses are experiencing anxiety, anger, and sorrow as violence erupts in the Middle East. Many community members have personal connections to the Israel and Palestine regions, and all are distressed by the reports of human suffering and loss of life. Given heightened concerns and diverse perspectives, it is understood that activism will occur. 

The Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) supports U-M’s commitment to free speech and assembly and works to create an environment where ideas can be safely expressed and exchanged. Protest organizers are encouraged to reach out to DPSS in advance to share important information and better prepare for the safety of participants. Several planning resources are available to assist organizers and attendees:

DPSS officers will intervene if a protest becomes dangerous or if unlawful conduct occurs. If you are attending or near a protest that becomes violent:

  • Call 911
  • Follow all instructions from law enforcement
  • Avoid provoking or obstructing demonstrators
  • Avoid the area if you are outside
  • Shelter in place if you are indoors, and stay away from doors and windows
  • Secure your area (lock doors, safes, files, vital records, and expensive equipment) in case demonstrators enter

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.