Campus Safety and Community Standards

One of UMR’s primary concerns is to create and maintain safe living and learning environments for UMR students.

The Office of Residential Life (ORL) works in conjunction with campus-wide safety partners and the city of Rochester to ensure that your time here is conducive to learning and living without interference. 

Concern Forms

Academic Integrity Report, Care Report, General Incident/Hate/Bias Concern Form or Sexual Assault/Harassment/Relationship Violence/Stalking Report forms to be submitted when there are concerns about UMR student or staff behavior.

Procedures and Resources

Learn more about UMR campus procedures for potential violations of the code through the Student Conduct and Student Handbook

Learn more about U of M Safety Plan for enhancing the campus community’s culture, policies and practices to foster a safer climate on and near campus.

Learn more about UMR Campus Safety and Security Report that has been prepared in compliance with the “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” (informally known as the “Clery Act”). This report includes information for the Rochester campus of the University of Minnesota. This report is published annually by the University and made available to all current and prospective students, staff and faculty. 

In accordance with the U.S. Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, UMR will develop and maintain procedures to respond to reports of missing students. Learn more about UMR Missing Student Policy and Procedure.

The University of Minnesota Rochester is committed to having an environment free of gender-based violence. Gender-based violence includes physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse, threats, coercion, and economic or educational deprivation and encompasses sexual assault, dating violence, intimate partner violence and stalking.


Building Security Measures

Each night, a member of the RA staff performs building rounds at 318 Commons. RA staff can be reached at the on-call phone number 507-515-8277 for concerns or emergencies after 8 p.m.

A member of the Student Security Monitor team performs rounds within the non-residential portion of the building maintaining a presence in 318 Commons and University Square. Monitors are available to report any emergency or concern and are able to contact building and emergency personnel.

All apartment and individual bedroom doors have locking mechanisms. Apartment doors are always locked and can only be accessed via key-fobs given to the roommates of the apartment. Bedroom doors may be locked or unlocked via keys given to each resident.

Access to any of the residential floors is limited to residents of the building via key-fob. No person can access any floor above the second floor without a resident-assigned fob.

The stairwells allow egress in the event of an emergency but do not allow ingress. To access the floors, all persons must use the elevators that are controlled via key-fob access.

The Rochester Skyway is connected to 318 Commons and University Square and allows for comfortable, well-lit, direct access to other UMR facilities and downtown locales.

The University of Minnesota Rochester has a detailed plans for any on-campus emergency—fire, bomb threat, severe weather, major crime or accident. In all events, we strive to communicate quickly and accurately with the University community and the public to keep our campus safe.

Students are automatically enrolled in SAFE-U notifications. These rapid notifications in emergency situations will be sent to faculty, staff and students via the following channels: text, phone and/or email, depending on individual preferences. All contact methods may be updated or changed within MyU. SAFE-U Emergency Notifications are issued upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to campus. They inform the campus community of immediate action steps that will help preserve safety.

The Everbridge app allows parents and families to subscribe and have access to alerts. Download the Everbridge App on your mobile device using the Apple App Store or Google Play. Parents and guests without a U of M Internet ID should use the keyword UMRSAFEU to subscribe to alerts in the app.