Student Safety Tips

Lock your room at all times.

Whether it is "just for a minute" to visit someone down the hall or go to the bathroom, or it is for a longer period of time, an unlocked door provides an easy opportunity for theft. Also, lock your door before you go to sleep to insure you and your roommate have a safe space to sleep. Remember, it takes less than thirty seconds to have something taken from your room. A security key will open the outside doors to each respective residence hall.

Close and lock your window when you are away.

This protects your belongings from both theft and inclement weather.

Don't leave your computer, books, backpack, or wallet unattended

Library study tables, cafeterias, laundry room, and study lounges are not always as "safe" as they might seem. Someone might not be able to afford the textbook you left at the table while you went to the bathroom. And never leave money sitting out anywhere (even on your desk in your room). Make sure to be particularly aware at the end of each semester as theft rates always increase at this time.

Lock your car

And do not leave valuable items such as cameras, wallets, or large numbers of CDs in plain sight or on the seats. Window shopping thieves don't care if they break your car windows.
Remember to:

  • Lock your doors.
  • Carry your keys.
  • Report all thefts or other crimes to your CA, the Director, or Campus Security.
  • No doors are to be propped open.
  • For security reasons, residence hall entrance doors are locked at 8:00 pm nightly during the week and earlier for special events. Hall doors remain locked over the weekend. Students' room keys will open the outside doors to each respective residence hall.

Safe Walk/Campus Escort

The Department of Residential Life/Security Services offers the service of Safe Walk Escort to all students, staff and faculty. A Safe Walk Escort can be obtained by calling 218-289-0604 or 218-289-0565 from 8:00 pm - 12:00 midnight.

Emergency 911 - Blue Lights

Phones available around campus.

Parental Notification Policy

The Director of Residential Life or designee may notify the parents or legal guardians' of students when the health and well being of a student is determined to be at risk. See more of Parental Notification Policy.

Prevention Information for Acquaintance Rape

Date Rape Prevention Advice to Men:

  • Listen carefully. Take the time to hear what the woman is saying. If you feel she is not being clear or giving your "mixed messages," ask for clarification.
  • Don't fall for the common but incorrect stereotype that when a woman says "No" she really means "Yes." "No" means "No." If a woman says "No" to a sexual contact, believe her and stop.
  • Remember that acquaintance rape is a crime. It is never acceptable to use force in sexual situations, no matter what the circumstances.
  • Don't make assumptions about a woman's behavior. Don't automatically assume that a woman wants to have sex just because she drinks heavily; or agrees to go to your room. Don't assume that just because a woman has had sex with you previously that she is willing to have sex with you again. Also, don't assume that just because a woman consents to kissing or sexual intimacies that she is willing to have sexual intercourse.
  • If a person is intoxicated, they can't give consent.

Date Rape Prevention Advice for Women:

  • Know your sexual intentions and limitations. You have the right to say "No" to any unwanted sexual contact. If you are uncertain about what you want, ask the man to respect your feelings.
  • Communicate your limits firmly and directly. If you say 'No," say it like you mean it. Don't give mixed messages. Back up your words with a firm tone of voice and clear body language.
  • Don't rely on "ESP" to get across your message. Don't assume that your date will eventually "get the message" without you having to tell him.
  • Remember that some men think that drinking heavily, dressing provocatively, or going to a man's room indicates a willingness to have sex. Be especially careful to communicate to your limits and intentions clearly in such situations.
  • Listen to "gut" feeling. If you feel uncomfortable or think you may be at risk, leave the situation immediately and go to a safe place.
  • Think twice before being alone in a room with someone if you don't fully trust them.

Sexual Assault

  • Rape-sexual assault - is an act motivated out of power, anger, and control: it is not an act of sex, but uses sex to achieve control over another.
  • Sexual assault is an unwanted, coerced, manipulated, or forced sexual contact or intercourse.
  • 85% - 95% of sexual assaults are committed by someone you know.
  • 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 10 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
  • Reporting Information: Contact a Community Adviser, Campus Security, 24 Hour Crisis Line or the Crookston Police.
  • Learn more about how the University responds to sexual misconduct

Sexual Misconduct, Title IX & Stalking Reporting Form

Emergency Numbers

Dial 8 before phone number if you are using a campus phone


Victim Services/N.W. Mental Health

Crookston Police Department

Crookston Fire Department

Senior CA Cell Phone
(between 8 pm - 8 am)

Learn more about UMC's Safety and Crime Statistics