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Campus safety

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's safety measures are lauded, and positive media coverage has been extensive, including 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

With Wayne State's broadcast messaging service, you'll receive safety alerts and important messages on events as they're happening. It's another step in keeping our students, faculty and staff 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 center campuses as well as surrounding neighborhoods. All Wayne State University 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 Motor Vehicle Code and city of Detroit ordinances on and off campus. As sworn police officers, they are authorized to investigate, arrest or take any 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. To that end, Wayne State University 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