Staying Safe On Campus at Michigan State University


The Residence Education and Housing Services staff are concerned about the physical and mental health and safety of our students. Student health resources are available on campus and we work closely with the MSU Police Department to review and evaluate safety measures.

Olin Health Center
The first three medical office visits of each school year are prepaid for enrolled MSU students. The Olin Courtesy Van is available to transport students who, because of illness or injury, would have difficulty getting to and from Olin.

MSU Counseling Center
Services are available to help students work through mental health issues and focus on personal and career goals to increase their motivation, performance and satisfaction with MSU.

Halls are equipped with fire alarm systems, fire-rated doors, hard-wired smoke detectors. All halls have monthly drills and are inspected annually. There is an East Lansing Fire Department station right on campus.

Door Access
All residence hall are equipped with electronic building access technology restricting access to the exterior doors, living wings and elevators. Living wings in residence halls are locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A valid MSU ID card is required to gain access to living wings and to activate elevators within the residence halls. All guests must be escorted by a resident for the duration of their stay.

Personal Safety
Residence hall rooms are equipped with viewers (peepholes) and students are encouraged to keep their room door locked at all times. Public residence halls are locked at midnight and residents will need their MSU ID card to access the building. All guests must be escorted by a resident for the duration of their stay.  After midnight, all guests must also be registered with the night receptionist and entry is restricted to front doors only.

Emergency Notification System
MSU has an emergency notification system in place and emergency text messaging to subscribing MSU community members.

Reverse 911 System
In halls with telephone land lines, MSU uses this system of disseminate emergency instructions, as well as to contact students with emergency information. Voicemail must be activated for the system to work.

Emergency Green Phones 
Residence halls without landline room phones have emergency room phones installed on every floor. This will allow anyone with a safety risk or concern to quickly get to a phone with one button emergency capability, greatly increasing emergency response time.

Visit the MSU Police Web site for more information: