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.

Sign up for broadcast messaging

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

Active Attacker Training session

The WSUPD's "Emergency Preparedness — Active Attackers" training program is an opportunity to learn actions that will help you remain safe in the event of an active shooter.

WSUPD Active Attacker presentation

Lt. Scott presented to 100 housing resident advisors and front desk staff.

Housing staff - crisis preparedness training session

CMT presented active shooter table top exercise to 60 staff from housing and residential life and student center building

Run, Hide, Fight video

Wayne State creates and publish video on what to do during an active shooter incident.

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