Crime Prevention

Michigan State University takes the safety and security of residents, guests, faculty, and staff very seriously.  We promote a safe and secure environment through education of students and staff by adopting comprehensive safety practices.  We also believe students, faculty, staff, and visitors must share responsibility for staying safe by making themselves less of a victim within and outside of their living quarters, offices, and public areas.

Safety Tips

  • Lock your room door when sleeping or leaving a roommate alone that may be asleep, leaving your room for any reason, or leaving your office.
  • All student room doors are equipped with peepholes and students are encouraged to keep their doors locked at all times.
  • Living wings in residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Residents must use their MSU ID card to access.  Help prevent crime by not propping doors open or letting in strangers.
  • All residence guests must be escorted by a resident for the duration of their stay.
    Emergency phones have been installed within sightline of every student room in the residence halls.
  • Call 911 if you are in danger.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and others in the area.
  • Realize that listening to headphones or talking on your cell while walking decreases your awareness of your surroundings.
  • Walk and travel in groups when possible.
  • Students make sure your information is up to date to receive important notifications at
  • Faculty and staff should sign up for MSU Alerts at to receive timely information in the event of an on-campus emergency.