Campus safety information and resources

Anthony Holt, Chief of Police, Wayne State University

Wayne State University is committed to the safety and security of its campus community. A wide range of activities, training, safety measures, technology and resources combine to ensure Wayne State remains one of Michigan's safest college campuses — a place where everyone can live, learn, work and experience all that Detroit has to offer without worry. WSU has been recognized extensively for its safety measures through media coverage such as this article from The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Don't just BE on campus...

BE alert.

BE Alert

Pay attention to your
surroundings when walking.

BE responsive.

BE Responsive

For help from WSUPD
call 313-577-2222.

BE informed.

BE Informed

Learn what to do in
an emergency.

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Through Wayne State's broadcast messaging service, you will receive safety alerts and important messages on events as they happen. This is another step in helping our students, faculty and staff stay informed and safe in any situation.


The Wayne State University Police Department provides a full range of professional police services to the main and medical campuses as well as surrounding neighborhoods. All WSU police officers are fully licensed through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES), are sworn peace officers commissioned under state law and have been commissioned as Detroit police officers. Officers are empowered to enforce all federal and state laws as well as the Michigan Vehicle Code and City of Detroit ordinances on and off campus. As sworn police officers, they are authorized to investigate, arrest or take other necessary action to address any criminal or other public infraction in the vicinity of the WSU campus. WSU police officers work closely with the Detroit Police Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department and the Michigan State Police.

Crisis preparedness

A crisis is defined as a major event that threatens people, property or the public standing of the institution. Wayne State University is committed to being prepared in the case of a crisis. That is why WSU has assembled a crisis management team that functions as the central decision-making group to respond to crises.

The responsibilities of the crisis management team include:

  • Developing and updating the overall crisis plans.
  • Conducting crisis simulations.
  • Informing the campus about safety and crisis preparedness.
  • Ensuring accurate and timely information is provided during an emergency.

Campus care resources

Important university contacts

Police Department emergency

Police Chief Anthony Holt

Chief of Staff Michael Wright

Employee Assistance

Crisis preparedness updates

Legionnaires campus message

....taking rooftop cooling towers out of service temporarily, which affects air conditioning in those buildings.

FBO Training - Active Shooter sessions scheduled

Offering these three training session, scheduled for Finance and Business Operations to the 15 people who have requested to be notified. Sessions will take place in Community Arts Auditorium. Monday, July 30, 2018 7:30 am to 9:30 am Tuesday, July 31, 2018 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm Thursday, August 2, 2018 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Legionnaires discovered on campus

In a May 29 communication we shared with you that an employee in the Faculty Administration Building (FAB) had been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease. As we also shared, we immediately began testing potential sources of legionella, the bacterium that causes the disease with the help of independent outside experts.

Legionnaires' disease follow up campus wide message

May 26, 2018 To the Wayne State campus community: Following up on our message over the weekend concerning an employee in the Faculty Administration Building (FAB) contracting Legionnaire’s disease, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS), Facilities Planning and Management (FP&M) and a faculty expert this morning began initial inspections of the building to determine potential sources of the disease.

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