Message To Your Students – Campus Safety
This message was shared with your students earlier this week
This past week, we are again horrified by the images of the school shooting in Florida. Our hearts are with Florida and the families of victims of shootings everywhere –including our own communities. As we try to make sense of it all, we take a moment of pause to reach out to you. Your well-being and safety is our highest priority. We take safety at UWM seriously and we want to make sure that you are aware of resources to keep UWM safe.
If you are experiencing an emergency or if you believe there is an imminent threat, contact the UWM police by calling 9-911 from a campus phone or 414-229-9911 from a cell phone. Calling 911 from a cell phone will put you in touch with Milwaukee Police. The UWM Police department is comprised of 35+ full time police officers, 8+ security officers, and 3 dispatchers. The police department is located in West Tower of Sandburg Residence Hall, you can enter the department on Maryland. Their entrance is just past the Sandburg circle drive.
File a Report
If you are concerned about someone, report it to the police or to www.uwm.edu/reportit. We encourage you to report changes in someone’s behavior, unsettling/alarming statements that allude to violence, and threats to the health or safety of others. The Dean of Students Office follows up to all reports within 2 business days.
The UWM Police Department offers Active Shooter Training throughout the year. To learn how to be vigilant and to be prepared in the event of an active shooter situation, we encourage you to attend a training. The next training is on Thursday, February 22nd in 191 of the Architecture and Urban Planning Building. If you can’t make this one, there are many more trainings throughout the semester. For more information, go to http://uwm.edu/police/trainings/.
Make sure that you are signed up for Safety Alerts. UWM automatically signs up all students for Safety Alerts but if you have changed your phone number we encourage you to sign up again. You can sign up for Safety Alerts by going to http://uwm.edu/police/s-a-f-e-information/. In the event of an active shooter situation, UWM would send a Campus Safety Alert.
Mental Health Support
Please take care of yourself. These tragic situations can cause us to feel unsafe or to question the good in humanity. UWM offers a number of places you can go to talk about it. A few resources include “Lets Talk” –a free program that provides brief, walk-in consultations with counselors from the Norris Health Center at several locations around the UWM campus. For more information, go to http://uwm.edu/norris/counseling/lets-talk/. Additionally, University Counseling Services of the Norris Health Center provides individual evaluation and short-term individual and group counseling for students. To schedule an appointment, call 414-229-4716.
We all have a part in helping our campus be a safe place to live and learn. Be vigilant and report any concerning behavior to the UWM Police or the Dean of Students Office. If you’re unsure of whether to file a report, err on the side of caution and report it at www.uwm.edu/reportit. Do not ignore it or second guess yourself; trust your gut. It’s better to over report and it be nothing than not say anything at all.
Becky M. Freer, Ph.D
Interim Dean of Students
Chief of UWM Police