Student Safety Tips

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.

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.

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.

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

Emergencies/Police
911

Northwestern Mental Health Center
218-281-3940 (8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday)

1-800-282-5005 (Mental Health Crisis Line available 24/7/365)

Community Health Services Inc. 
1-800-342-7756 (24 Hours) 

Crookston Police Department
218-281-3111

Senior CA Cell Phone
(between 8 pm - 8 am)
218-289-0604

Learn more about UMC's Safety and Crime Statistics