Campus safety message

Dear members of the Wayne State community,

Welcome to a new academic year! And welcome to one of the safest college campuses in Michigan, a place where we can study, work, and live without worry.

Fall on campus is a busy time though, with new people, responsibilities, and activities that accompany the start of a new semester. Yet, no matter how busy we are, we should keep in mind the importance of a campus where people feel welcome, included, and safe.

Ours is a large campus with many people and activities. Sometimes we encounter situations where we are uncertain what, if any, steps we should take. When faced with such a situation, the first rule is: don't ignore it. There are many people on campus who are trained to respond if notified, or to support, guide, and assist you. We can't plan for every possibility, but if you feel you need assistance, or think you have witnessed or been the victim of a questionable incident, you should immediately do one or more of the following:

1. If you witness a crime on or near campus, call the Wayne State Police immediately at 313-577-2222. Our police force is highly trained and very responsive. They will assume responsibility.

2. If the incident involves an employee, you should also notify your manager. Please explain the situation, provide the facts, and ascertain, if possible, the manager's next steps.

3. If the incident involves a student, you should also notify the Dean of Students at 313-577-1010. The Dean of Students, David Strauss, is the Chairperson of the University's Student Update Information Team (SUIT) and the Deputy Title IX Director. SUIT is designed to make sure serious threats or incidents are brought to the attention of university officials and are handled promptly and properly. You can also submit a Student Care Report, which can be found on the Dean of Students' website at

4. If you have a complaint involving unlawful discrimination or harassment, you should contact Christopher Jones, Wayne State's Title IX coordinator and the director of our Office of Equal Opportunity, at 313-577-2280.

5. If you feel it necessary to share the matter anonymously, you may do so through the Office of Internal Audit. Their anonymous hotline is 313-577-5138. Or you may submit an anonymous tip on their website at

6. If you are not sure whether to report an incident, please call the Office of the General Counsel for guidance at 313-577-2268.

7. If you are experiencing stress and feel you may need assistance, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). CAPS is part of Student Services and is dedicated to providing counseling and psychological services for Wayne State students. CAPS can be reached at 313-577-3398.

We've centralized a lot of our safety information and resources on a new website, It contains tips on preparedness, emergency procedures, crime statistics, university contacts,and more. We hope you'll find it useful.

Finally, enjoy the fall semester, but please be aware of your surroundings, and, when appropriate, take action.

Thank you for doing the right thing.

M. Roy Wilson

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