Annual Campus Security Report 2018


Table of Contents

2018 Annual Security Report

About the Annual Security Report

The NMU Police Department Services

Reporting Crime and Other Emergencies

Confidential Reporting Procedures

Campus Security Authorities

Right of Written Notice

Emergency Response and Evacuation

Prevention and Education Programs

Access to Campus Facilities and Residence Halls

Daily Crime Log

Sex Offender Registration

Missing Student Policy

Crime Statistics

2018 Annual Fire Safety Report

Fire Safety Systems

Fire Drills

Evacuation Procedures

Fire Safety Education and Training

Contact Information

Plans for Future Improvements



Campus Security Authority Policy

Student Handbook Policies: Includes Alcoholic Beverages - Possession or Use of; Building Security; Drugs: Possession, Use or Sale; Fire Safety; Weapons

Alcohol and Drug Information Guide – Drug Free School Medical Amnesty Policy

Campus Emergency Policy

Fire Alarm Evacuation Policy

Emergency Response Guidelines Policy

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Missing Person Policy

NMU Ordinances: Includes Dangerous Materials; Fire Building Evacuation; Fireworks; Weapons and Explosives

About the Annual Security Report

The Jeanne Clery disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as “The Clery Act”, is a federal statute codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) that requires all public colleges and universities to:

  • Publish an annual report each year by October 1st that contains three years of campus crime statistics and required campus security policy statements.
  • Disclose crime statistics for the campus, public areas immediately adjacent to or roads running through the campus, and certain non-campus facilities.
  • Provide “timely warning” notices of those crimes that have occurred and pose an ongoing threat to students, employees and guests of the University. 
  • Provide a means to notify the campus community (NMU ALERT) of an imminent or ongoing threat to safety, security or health.
  • Disclose a public crime log for crimes that have occurred on campus or within the patrol jurisdiction of university police.
  • Distribute the report.  The NMU Police Department and Police Services is responsible for preparing and distributing the report. Public Safety and Police Services works with many other departments and agencies in obtaining the required statistics to complete the report.
  • Make the report available.  The report is available at and at and as a paper copy from The NMU Police Department and Police Services. A paper copy can be obtained from The NMU Police Department and Police Services at no charge.
  • Complete other publicly available record-keeping while maintaining the confidentiality of any victim as allowed under regulation.  

All policies referenced in the 2018 Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report are linked in the Table of Contents above.  They are also available directly at   A copy of each policy referenced in this report is printed as of September 30, 2018 and retained in NMU The NMU Police Department and Police Services.  Printed copies are available upon request at no charge.


NMU Police Department

This section describes Northern Michigan University’s Police Department, its authority to arrest individuals, and its relationship with other police agencies.

The NMU Police Department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 12 months a year. The staff members include highly trained and dedicated law enforcement officers. These officers are responsible for the overall safety of the University community. 

The NMU Police Department and Police Services is located on Sugarloaf Drive (Services Building, Room 102).  Non-Emergency: 906-227-2151   Emergency: 911


History, Training, and Interagency Cooperation

The officers at NMU have the same power and authority as other peace and police officers in the State of Michigan.  This power was granted by NMU’s Board of Trustees under Public Act 120.  In addition, the officers are sworn Deputy Sheriffs for Marquette County. NMU police officers must have earned a bachelor degree and are required to attend a regional police academy governed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.

Officers are required to attend mandatory in-service training throughout the year to enable them to perform efficiently and safely. Northern Michigan University’s Police Department and Police Services works closely with several agencies, including Marquette City, Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, Chocolay Township and the Michigan State Police. The NMU Police Department relies on these relationships for support on several levels. In addition to sharing critical information, The NMU Police Department and Police Services has immediate contact with the Regional Dispatch 911 Center. This arrangement provides immediate access to mutual aid and support from area agencies. 

While there are no formal Memorandums of Understanding with Marquette City Police, Marquette County Sheriff’s Department or the Chocolay Police Department regarding the investigation of criminal incidents, The NMU Police Department and Police Services Department currently has a formal mutual aid agreement in place with the Marquette County Law Enforcement Agencies.


Our Mission and Values

The NMU Police Department will assist in providing a safe and secure living and learning environment for the University community consistent with the values and mission of the University.  The organization is comprised of people of integrity, committed to providing quality service to the University community in an honest, fair, professional and courteous manner.

A partnership will be pursued with the University community based on mutual trust, confidence, commitment and communication to maintain and improve the quality of life and promote the safety and welfare of our campus.

The members of this agency pledge collectively and individually to constantly grow, develop and engage in reassessment to meet the current and future problems and challenges of our University community. 

The values of Northern Michigan University Police Department embody the department’s philosophy, vision and values. These values serve as a foundation and catalyst upon which the department establishes its policies, strategy, tactics, and its actions. In completing its mission to protect and serve the University community of Northern Michigan University, the department as a whole and each of its members as individuals are responsible for adhering to all the principles and values that make up the law enforcement code of ethics.


The University coordinates with local police agencies to identify, monitor and record criminal activity involving students at off-campus locations.   

The NMU Police Department monitors off-campus criminal activity that may affect the University community so that it may provide timely warnings and advisories. Although the department does not routinely record statistics on crimes that occur outside its legal jurisdictions, it does collect and publish statistics for select crimes occurring on public property within or immediately adjacent and accessible to the University. In general, prospective students, employees, and visitors to NMU should know that as with any campus, there is crime both on- and off-campus, and that it is important to take reasonable precautions at all times.

The NMU Police Department will actively investigate any information it receives concerning criminal activity, suspicious situations, or involves a member of the campus community. If the University is notified of a situation in which a campus community member is the victim of a crime, the department may issue a Timely Warning or Alert, detailing the incident and providing tips so that other community members may avoid similar incidents.


Reporting Crime and Other Emergencies

This section describes the general process for reporting a crime and the actions triggered by the report of a crime. 

Northern Michigan University encourages the prompt and accurate reporting of all crime.  NMU is committed to responding to reports of criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus or affecting campus life.  Accordingly, NMU has developed policies and procedures (reference Emergency Response Policy and Sexual Misconduct Policy) to ensure that:

  • Timely warning is issued when certain types of crimes occur
  • Campus is aware of the process to report crime
  • Campus is aware of the responsibilities of Campus Security Authorities
  • Campus is aware of the process for the confidential reporting of crime

Direct Report to NMU Police Department

Call 911 to directly report criminal incidents, accidents, and other emergencies to the NMU Department of Public Safety and Police Services. Non-emergencies can be reported to (906) 227-2151.  Individuals may also report incidents in person at the department headquarters located at the Sugar Loaf Avenue Services Building, room 100.

Dispatchers are available 24 hours a day to answer calls. In response to a call, Public Safety and Police Services will dispatch an officer to take the incident report. All criminal reports filed are forwarded to the Prosecutor’s office and the NMU Dean of Students office for review and potential action. Public Safety and Police Services will investigate a report when deemed appropriate.  Additional information obtained via the investigation will also be forwarded to the Dean of Students Office.

All individuals have the right to report crime to any appropriate law enforcement authority including on-campus and local police.  NMU personnel will assist any student in notifying these authorities if a student requests assistance. 

Reporting all crimes to the NMU Police Department ensures that the department receives the necessary information to assess the crimes for a potential Timely Warning if there is an ongoing or serious threat to the University community and for annual statistical reporting.  The Emergency Response Policy and plans (detailed later in this report) include the use of the Timely Warning Notice and NMU Emergency Alert system. 

Blue Light Emergency Phones

NMU began a proactive program with the installation of “Code Blue” emergency telephones that provide two-way communications from the phone site direct to the NMU Police Department allowing immediate response by patrols.  The phones are located strategically throughout campus at different locations. NMU Police Department officers physically inspect the emergency phones each week and report any malfunctions to telephone services for repair. A map of the Blue Light Phones is available at


Confidential Reporting Procedures

The victim of a crime who does not want to pursue action within the University system or the criminal justice system may still want to consider making a confidential report. Any campus security authority can file a report with the NMU Police Department on the details of the incident without revealing the identity of the victim. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with the request to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and the University community. With this information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the University community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Title IX requires that all reported incidents of sexual assaults must be investigated by the University and the University must take steps to remedy the situation. Even if victims do not want the complaint pursued through the student conduct program or the courts, the University must still investigate and respond to comply with Title IX. If the victim/survivor requests confidentiality or asks that the complaint not be pursued, the Title IX coordinator will take all reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint consistent with this request. 

Confidential Reporting Procedures Specific to Counselors

As a result of the negotiated rulemaking process that followed the signing into law, the 1998 amendments to 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), clarification was given to define those considered to be campus security authorities. Campus “Pastoral Counselors” and Campus “Professional Counselors,” when acting as such, are not considered to be a campus security authority and are not required to report crimes for inclusion into the annual disclosure of crime statistics.However, NMU policy (ref. Sexual Misconduct Policy) encourages Counselors to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion into the annual crime statistics.

Counselors are defined as:

  • Pastoral Counselor: An employee of an institution who is associated with a religious order or denomination and recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling, and who is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor.
  • Professional Counselor: An employee of an institution whose official responsibilities include providing psychological counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her employee’s license or certification.

Campus Security Authorities

Campus Security Authority is a Clery Act-specific term that describes the campus personnel who have specific responsibilities to take action when receiving notice of a crime.  This section identifies who is a Campus Security Authority and what action must be taken when information about a crime is received. 

Campus Security Authorities include four groups of individuals and organizations associated with an institution:

  • Any individual or individuals who have responsibility for campus security but who do not constitute a campus police department or a campus security department (e.g. an individual who is responsible for monitoring the entrance into institutional property).
  • Individuals who provide security at a campus parking kiosk, monitor access into a campus facility, and act as event security or escort students around campus after dark.
  • Any individual or organization specified in an institution’s statement of campus security policy as an individual or organization to which students and employees should report criminal offenses.
  • An official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings.  An official is defined as any person who has the authority and the duty to take action or respond to particular issues on behalf of the institution.

Anyone with significant responsibility for students and campus activities is a campus security authority. This link shows all Campus Security Authorities by title.

Campus Security Authorities (CSA) Responsibilities

Campus Security Authorities (CSA) are required to report any good-faith allegation of a Clery Act crime to NMU Police Department. A Campus Security Authority is not responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place; that is the function of law enforcement personnel. A campus security authority should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of the crime; that too is the responsibility of law enforcement. It is also not a CSA’s responsibility to try and convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so.

Right of Written Notice

The University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy requires that each person reporting dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking will receive a written notification of the services that are available both on-campus and off-campus in the local community. These services are specifically listed in the Sexual Misconduct Policy.  Each person reporting will also be provided written notice of the interim measures that are available, including the availability of changes to academic, living, transportation, and working situations, regardless of whether the report is made to law enforcement or a campus security authority.  For certain types of crime, including reports of sexual misconduct, both the complainant and the accused will receive written notice of the final disposition of the investigation. 

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

This section details the procedure that NMU uses to immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, employees or visitors on campus. Specifically, NMU will use the Timely Warning Notice Procedures to determine when an emergency or dangerous situation is present and the NMU Emergency ALERT system to notify campus. NMU will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing the notification will, in the professional judgment of the Chief of Police or Deputy Chief of Police of the NMU Police Department, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

Timely Warning Notice Procedures

The Department of Public Safety and Police Services, in conjunction with other departments on campus, issues warnings to notify community members about certain crimes in and around our community.  Members of the community who know of a crime or other serious incident should report that as soon as possible to the NMU Department of Public Safety and Police Services so that a warning can be issued if warranted.

If community members report crimes or serious incidents to other University administrators, those administrators will notify Public Safety and Police Services.  In these situations, the Director or Deputy Directors of Public Safety and Police Services will confirm that there is an emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff, and initiate the NMU Emergency ALERT system. 

NMU Emergency ALERT

NMU Emergency ALERT is a means to notify the campus community of an imminent or ongoing threat to safety, security, or health (all hazards) of students or employees on campus. Upon confirmation by the Director or Deputy Directors of Public Safety and Police Services that an emergency or dangerous situation is present, an alert notification the alert system will be disseminated without any delay with the goal of notifying as many people as possible, as rapidly as possible, taking into account the safety of the campus community.   The alert content will be determined by the Director or Deputy Directors of Public Safety and Police Services and will include a description of the emergency and recommended action.  Alerts may be issued for, but are not limited to, active shooter, tornado, and dangerous chemical release.

Dissemination of Alerts may include any or all of the following:

  • Mass Email
  • Text Message Alert
  • Web -
  • Local Media
  • Closed-Circuit Monitors
  • Computer Override

The University community should be prepared to take self-protection measures appropriate to the emergency, such as, but not limited to, shelter- in-place or evacuation, depending upon the circumstances or incident.

Emergency Evacuation Procedures

Northern Michigan University tests the emergency response and evacuation procedures on at least an annual basis.  Generally, tests are not announced.  New students are informed of NMU’s emergency response and evacuation procedures at orientation, as well as in required residence hall meetings.  All tests are documented by Public Safety and Police Services, including the time, date, and location of the test, and whether it was announced or unannounced. 

Evacuation drills are coordinated by the NMU Police Department and the NMU Office of Housing and Residence Life.  The frequency is determined by Michigan law.  Students learn the location of the emergency exits in residence buildings and receive guidance about the direction they should travel when exiting each facility for a short-term building evacuation and guidance about where they should assemble. The NMU Police Department does not tell residents in advance about the designated locations for evacuations because those decisions are affected by time of day, location of the building being evacuated, the availability of the various designated emergency gathering locations on campus, and other factors such as the location and nature of the emergency.

The purpose of these evacuation drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency.  At NMU, evacuation drills are used as a way to educate and train occupants on fire-safety issues specific to their building.  During the drill, occupants “practice” drill procedures and familiarize themselves with the location of exits and the sound of the fire alarm.  The process also provides the University an opportunity to test the operation of the fire alarm system components. 

Evacuation drills are monitored by the NMU Police Department and the University’s housing staff to evaluate egress and behavioral patterns.  Reports are prepared by participating departments that identify deficient equipment so that repairs can be made immediately.  Recommendations for improvements also are submitted to the appropriate departments/offices for consideration of its emergency response and evacuation procedures. 

For all buildings, including residence halls, evacuation routes and procedures are posted.  These include:

  1. When a fire alarm sounds, all personnel must evacuate the building immediately.
  2. When evacuating, personnel must move away from the exit doors.
  3. With the exception of fire department personnel and Public Safety and Police Services officers, no one is allowed to re-enter the building until notification has been given by a representative of NMU’s Public Safety and Police Services.
  4. If the fire alarm is silenced, this is not an indicator that it is safe to re-enter the building.
  5. NMU Public Safety and Police Services has the responsibility to determine that the building has been evacuated and when it is safe to re-enter. The officers will coordinate with maintenance, custodial and fire department personnel, as required.


If an incident occurs and the building or areas become unstable, or if the air outdoors becomes dangerous due to toxic or irritating substances, it is usually safer to stay indoors.  Thus, to “‘shelter-in-place” means to make a shelter of the building one is in.  In a longer-term emergency, this location can be made even safer and more comfortable with a few adjustments until it is safe to go outside.

If an incident occurs and the building is not damaged, stay in an interior room until told it is safe to exit.  If a building is damaged, take any personal belongings (purse, wallet, Wildcat Express Card, ID, etc.) and follow the evacuation procedures for the building (close the door, proceed to the nearest exit and use the stairs instead of the elevators).  After evacuation, quickly seek shelter at the nearest University building.  If police or fire department personnel are on the scene, follow their directions. 

A shelter-in-place notification may come from several sources, including Public Safety and Police Services, housing staff members and other University employees utilizing the University’s emergency communications tools.

The basic steps of “shelter-in-place” will generally remain the same.  Should the need ever arise; follow these steps (unless instructed otherwise by local emergency personnel):

  • Stay inside.  Collect any emergency shelter-in-place supplies and a telephone to be used in case of emergency.  If outdoors, proceed into the closest building quickly or follow instructions from emergency personnel on the scene; locate a room to shelter inside. Ideally, the room will be an interior room at ground level without windows or with few windows.  Large groups of people may need to use several rooms;
  • Close and lock all windows and close exterior doors.  Turn off air conditioners, heaters and fans.  Close vents to ventilation systems you are able to.  (University staff will turn off the ventilation as quickly as possible);
  • Make a list of the people with you and ask someone to call and provide the list to the NMU Police Department so officers know where you are sheltering.  If only students are present, one of the students should call and provide the list.
  • Turn on a computer, radio, or TV and listen for further instructions;
  • Make yourself comfortable.

Prevention and Education Programs

This section provides information about the type and frequency of programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security, crime prevention including sexual assault prevention, and alcohol and other drug abuse prevention.  Northern Michigan University has a comprehensive Sexual Misconduct Policy that includes an overview of sexual misconduct, prevention programs and the procedure to follow if a sex offense occurs.  The full policy is included in the appendix to this security report. 

Crime Prevention Education & Awareness Programming Overview

Northern Michigan University places a high priority on maintaining a safe and secure campus for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Members of the University community learn about campus security procedures and the prevention of crime through programs presented across the University. 

The NMU Police Department’ crime prevention programming uses a layered approach including patrolling campus, crime prevention education and training, educating the community, and conducting building and area security surveys. This approach reduces criminal opportunities and encouraging community members to take responsibility for their own and other’s safety. 

New employees and students first learn basic prevention and awareness information during orientation.  Bystander intervention is introduced as part of the NMU’s first-year experience program.  In addition to this mandatory training, ongoing programming addresses sexual violence, domestic violence, and drug and alcohol awareness education.  

In addition, the NMU Police Department’ personnel provides training to students, faculty, staff and guests on personal safety, drug, and alcohol safety, work place violence, home and building security and new student orientation programs. The office is responsible for the Victim/Witness Advocacy Services and liaisons with University services, surrounding community services offices and representatives of the criminal justice system.

The NMU Police Department conducts frequent security surveys of campus buildings and facilities, prepares reports of any deficiencies for the responsible departments and the University Facilities Department. The office also maintains a daily police log of crimes reported to the police department. The daily crime and fire log is available online at the NMU Police Department’ website and a printed daily log is also maintained at the police department and is available for public review at the University dispatch office.

Safety and Education programming is initiated by several groups across campus.  Those offering regular programming include Public Safety and Police Services, the Health Promotion Office, Housing and Residence Life, the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of the President. 

The Student's Responsibility

The cooperation and involvement of the students in a campus safety program is absolutely necessary. Students must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions. Any student – male or female – may feel more comfortable using the Safe Walk Service when walking on campus late at night.

Valuable items such as stereos, cameras, and televisions should be marked with engraving instruments provided by the University Police at no charge. Bicycles should be registered with the University Police and be secured with a sturdy lock. Bicycle registration is free and can be done online in a matter of minutes.

Students with vehicles must park in the assigned areas. Unoccupied vehicles should be kept locked at all times. Valuables should be locked in the trunk. Students should report any suspicious-looking individuals whom they feel do not belong in their residence halls or any unusual incidents in and around residence halls to Residence Life staff or the University Police. The same holds true for classroom settings and other areas of campus.

Crime Reduction Tips

Residential Saftey:

  • Lock your room or apartment whenever you leave and when you are sleeping.
  • Do not prop card reader doors.
  • Call 227-2151 if you see someone in the building who does not belong.
  • Do not allow strangers to follow you into the building.

Workplace Safety:

  • Keep Personal items (purses, book bags) locked up.
  • Secure the work area when no one is in it.
  • Report Suspicious people in the workplace area to the police.

Protecting Your Property:

  • Record the serial numbers of your valuables.
  • Engrave valuables with a unique identifying number or sequence of letters and numbers.
  • Consider installing anti-theft or alarm devices on your vehicle.
  • Do not leave textbooks, purses, phones, or book bags unattended.
  • Do not leave laptop computers unattended.


How to be an Active Bystander

Bystanders play a critical role in the prevention of sexual and relationship violence. They are “individuals who observe violence or witness the conditions that perpetuate violence. They are not directly involved but have the choice to intervene, speak up, or do something about it.” Bystanders that are actively engaged in the prevention of violence help NMU report a culture of community accountability

If you or someone else in immediate danger, call 906-227-2151 or 911. This could be when a person is yelling at or being physically abusive towards another and it is not safe for you to interrupt.

  1. Watch out for your friends and fellow students/employees. If you see someone who looks like they could be in trouble or needs help, ask if they are ok.
  2. Confront people who seclude, hit on, and try to make out with, or have sex with people who are incapacitated.
  3. Speak up when someone discusses plans to take sexual advantage of another person.
  4. Believe someone who discloses sexual assualt, abusive behavior, or experience with stalking.
  5. Refer people to on or off campus resources listed in the document for support in health, counseling, or with legal assistance.

Risk Reduction

The following are some strategies to reduce one's risk of sexual assualt or harassment:

  • Be Aware of your surrondings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Walk with purpose. Even if you do not know eher eyou are going, act like you do.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, g with your gut. If you see something suspicous, contact law enforcment immediately.
  • Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vunerable.
  • Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have cab money.
  • Do not allow yourself to be isolated with someone you do not trust or someone you do not know.
  • Avoid putting muisc headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surrodings, especially if you are walking alone.
  • When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together, Knowing where you are and who is around you mau help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
  • Do not leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, usuing the restroom or making a phone call. If you have left your drink alone, just get a new one.
  • Do not accept drinks from people you do not know or trust. If you choose to accpet a drink go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. At parties, do not drink from the punch bowl or other large, common open containers.
  • Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they've had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
  • If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately (906-227-2151 on campus or 911) Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).

If you need out of an uncomfortable or scary situation, here are some things you can try:
  • Remember that being in this situation is not your fault You did not do anything wrong. It is the person who is making you uncomfortable that is to blame.
  • Be true to yourself. Do not feel obligated to do anything you do not want to do. :I don't want to" is always a good enough reason. Do what feels right for you and what you are comfortable with.
  • Have a code word with your friends and family so that if you do not feel comfortable you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing. Your friends and family can then come to get you or make up an exuse for you to leave.
  • Lie. If you do not want to hurt the person's feelings, it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Some excuses you could use are needing to take care of a friend or family member, not feeling well, having somewhere else you need to be, etc.
  • Try to think of an escape route. How would you try to get out of the room? Where are the doors? Windows? Are there people around who might be able to hep? Is there an emergency phone nearby?
  • If you and/or the other perso have been drinking, you can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment before doing anything you may regret later.


Crime Prevention Education and Awareness Programming

Rape Aggression Defense is a program of realistic, self-defense tactics and techniques. The RAD System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. RAD is taught by certified RAD Instructors and is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assault by utilizing easy, effective, and proven self-defense/martial arts tactics. 

Operation Identification is a program that is a system for marking personal property.  Students engrave their driver’s license on the item and keep a permanent record of their property.  Operation Identification has been proven to reduce thefts in communities where the program has been implemented. 

General Orientation Program encourages both parents and students to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.  The orientation packets include materials describing the resources available on campus to learn about crime prevention, as well as an introduction to the programs available for addressing risk on campus. 

Specialized Orientation Programs include Army ROTC and athletics orientation.  These orientation programs address sexual misconduct, sexual assault law in Michigan, bystander intervention, and the repercussion for misconduct at NMU. 

Other programming may be offered less frequently than annually.  The following is a list of programs, presentations and events for the 2017 calendar year.

1/12 Student Orientation / Peterman
1/13 International Student Orientation / Peterman
1/16 Active Shooter / Marquette Rotary Club / LaPlante
1/25 Hunt Hall Gov’t –Maynard/Peterman/Kovar/Swanson
1/27 Westwood High School – OWI and Active Shooter Simulators
2/1 Market Place –Sgt. Maynard OWI/Text Simulator
2/1 West Hall meeting with RD for two programs (Peterman)
2/1 Gant Hall Gov’t Meeting Officer Jon Kovar
2/1 Hunt Hall Gov’t Meeting Officer Kovar and Tom Parks
2/3 Officer Initiated (Maynard) OWI goggles
2/4 West Hall Condom Carnival (Maynard)
2/7 NMU Health Fair
2/8 Gant Hall Gov’t Meeting (Carrier/Peterman)
2/8 Hunt Hall Gov’t Meeting (Kovar/Swanson)
2/10 Officer Imitated (Maynard) OWI goggles
2/16 Halverson Hall – Condoms and Kisses, OWI/Sexual Assault (Maynard)
2/17 Officer Initiated (Maynard) OWI Drugs / Handouts
2/18 West Hall “All Night” OWI/CSC (Maynard, Swanson, Parks, Diedrich)
2/20 NMU Winterfest “Air Band Competition – Judge – (Peterman)
2/21 Regional Police Academy – OWI Simulator (Maynard) Fingerprinting (Love)
2/22 West Hall Winter Driving (Peterman)
2/25 Spooner Hall Alcohol Event Shible HPO (Maynard)
2/27 NMU Football Presentation (Bath/Peterman)
2/28 Gant Hall DART Winter Driving Program (Peterman)
3/1 Market Place OWI (Maynard)
3/13 RPA Cadet Interviews (Peterman)
3/16 Spalding Hall Alcohol Event (Maynard)
3/17 Lakeview School Negaunee Community Reader (Director Bath)/td>
3/21 Meyland Hall Student Gov’t (Peterman)
3/22 13th Film Screening Ava DuVernay attended Black Student Union (Peterman)
3/24 NMU Greek Risk Mgt. Seminar (Shible, Bain, Coleman, Peterman)
3/25 Hunt Hall Root Beer Bash (Maynard)
3/27 NMU Greek Risk Mgt. Seminar (Shible, Bain, Coleman, Peterman)
3/28 CP Al Roker Dome (Bath, Mincheff, Peterman, John Kovar, Nick Diedrich)
4/3 “It's on Us” Sexual Assault Awareness Event (Peterman)
4/4 “It's on Us” Sexual Assault Awareness Event (Peterman)
4/5 “It’s on Us” Sexual Assault Awareness Event (Peterman)
4/6 “It’s on Us” Sexual Assault Awareness Event (Peterman)
4/6 “It’s on Us” Sexual Assault Awareness Panel (Peterman)
4/5 RAD Program (Peterman)
4/12 Magers Hall OWI (Maynard)
4/13 Meyland Hall “Read My Book” (Maynard)
4/13 RAD Program (Peterman)
4/20 Design 5K and 2 MI Sorority Run
4/20 RAD Program (Peterman)
4/21 Support Traffic for 5K and 2 MI Sorority Run (Maynard)
4/27 RAD Program (Peterman)
4/28 Bay College Safety Conference-Alcohol session 1, in the workplace (Lee, Mandy, Don)
4/28 Bay College Safety Conference-Alcohol session 2, in the workplace (Lee, Mandy, Don)
4/29 NMU Battle of the Bands (Maynard-stand by)
5/4 Summer Orientation Meeting (Santiago, Frick, Shible, Peterman)
5/6 RAD Program (Peterman)
5/17 Marquette Alternative High School Self-Defense Class (Carrier) Wednesday 1330-1600
5/17 Marquette Alternative High School Self-Defense Class (Carrier) Thursday 0930-1230
7/17 Marquette Alternative High School Self-Defense Class (Carrier) Friday 0930-1230
5/18 Young Wildcat Scholars (Maynard) Session 1, 0830-1000
5/18 Young Wildcat Scholars (Maynard) Session 2, 1030-1200
5/18 Young Wildcat Scholars (Maynard) Session 3, 1500-1630
5/25 Marquette Industrial Trades Career Day Fair Grounds
5/30 NMU Staff Orientation (Peterman)
6/5 Marquette Senior High Graduation Lock-In (Peterman/Shible)
6/14 Parent Orientation (Mincheff)
6/14 Student Orientation (Peterman)
6/21 Parent Orientation (Mincheff)
6/21 Student Orientation (Peterman)
6/28 Parent Orientation (Mincheff)
6/28 Student Orientation (Peterman)
6/28 Day Care Safety Session (Maynard)
7/7 Parent Orientation (Mincheff)
7/7 Student Orientation (Peterman)
7/12 Parent Orientation (Mincheff)
7/12 Student Orientation (Peterman)
8/15 RA/RD Orientation (Maynard, Kovar, Swanson)
8/23 International Student Orientation (Maynard)
8/24 Parent Orientation (Mincheff)
8/25 Late Night at the PEIF (Maynard, Kovar, Parks)
8/28 Fall Fest (Maynard, Clark)
9/1 Spooner DARTS-Alcohol Awareness (Maynard, Kovar)
9/6 V.A. DARTS-Alcohol Awareness (Maynard, Kovar)
9/10 NMU Block Party (Maynard, Kovar, Swanson, Clark, Stampee)
9/14 Birch Woods DARTS (Maynard)
9/16 Cig Bay-Q and A (Maynard)
9/17 Cig Bay-Q and A (Maynard)
10/2 Cig Bay-Q and A (Maynard)
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10/21 GLIAC Cross Country Championship (Maynard)
10/23 Meyland DARTS-Alcohol Awareness (Maynard, Stampee)
10/24 Freshman Seminar for LANNON (Maynard)
11/1 Hunt DARTS-Winter Driving (Kovar)
11/2 University Center-Alcohol/Sexual Assault Awareness for Greek Life (Kovar)
11/3 University Center-Alcohol/Sexual Assault Awareness for Greek Life (Kovar)
11/10 Gant/Spalding DARTS-Winter Driving (Kovar)
11/16 West-DARTS-Alcohol Awareness/Sex Assault (Maynard)
11/29 Freshman Seminar for LANNON (Maynard)
12/6 West DARTS-Winter Driving (Kovar)
12/9 Gant DARTS-Winter Driving (Kovar)

Sexual Misconduct Policy

Northern Michigan University is committed to maintaining a safe learning and working environment – one free from dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex discrimination, stalking, voyeurism, and any other behavior of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, collectively referred to as sexual misconduct.  The University affirms the values of mutual respect, responsibility, and dignity for all members of the community.  Sexual misconduct undermines NMU’s mission and violates the rights of our students, faculty, and staff.  It is expressly prohibited.  Retaliation against reporting sexual assault is also prohibited.

Northern Michigan University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy is linked  in this report and is available at under Sexual Misconduct. 

 It includes:

  • A description of the programs to address sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and other nonconsensual behavior of a sexual nature;
  • The procedures students should follow if a sex offense occurs, including procedures concerning who should be contacted, the importance of preserving evidence for the proof of a criminal offense, and to whom the conduct should be reported;
  • Information on a student’s option to notify appropriate law enforcement authorities, including on-campus and local police and information about how to obtain assistance in notifying these authorities;
  • How to contact on-campus and off-campus counseling, mental health and other services for victims of sex offenses;
  • How to obtain changes to academic or living situations after a reported sexual offense, called “interim measures;”
  • Procedures for campus disciplinary action in cases of reported sex offense;
  • Information about the reporter and respondent rights to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding and the right of both the reporter and respondent to be informed of the outcome of disciplinary proceedings; and
  • The sanctions that NMU may impose following the final determination regarding sexual misconduct.

Alcohol and Drug Policies – Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989

This section complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.  Northern Michigan University has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

The program includes annual distribution in writing to each employee and to each enrolled student of:

  • Standards of conduct for students and employees
  • A description of associated and legal sanctions
  • A description of associated health risks
  • A description of available services and treatment options

Alcohol and other drug issues have received much attention nationally and locally.  Many students, faculty and staff have worked together over the years to prevent substance abuse at Northern Michigan University.  We think our efforts have contributed to a healthy living-learning community and have assisted individuals in need.

Northern Michigan University is committed to preventing substance abuse by:

  • Encouraging a campus environment where healthful lifestyle choices are made by students, faculty and staff.
  • Expecting acceptance of responsibility for one’s own choices and behavior.
  • Striving to balance the rights of individuals and those of the university community.
  • Encouraging chemical-free activities and supporting those who choose not to use alcohol and other drugs.
  • Enforcing university, local and state codes, ordinances and statutes, which govern alcohol and other drug use.

The Northern Michigan University Student Handbook ( prohibits the use, possession, sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages by students in any building or on any property owned or controlled by NMU (except under terms and conditions established by the president or designee) and states that no student shall illegally possess, use or have under his/her control any other controlled substance in any building or on property owned or controlled by the University.

Failure to abide by these regulations may lead to any of the following sanctions: (1) warning, (2) warning probation, (3) disciplinary probation, (4) suspension or (5) expulsion.  Special conditions may be attached to the penalty including, but not limited to, parental notification of the violation and mandatory participation in an alcohol or other drug education program.

Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Other Drug Use

Regular use of alcohol and other drugs (including marijuana, stimulants, depressants, cocaine, anabolic steroids, opiates, hallucinogens) may lead to:

  • psychological and/or physical dependence
  • impaired learning ability, memory, ability to solve complex problems
  • inability to perform sexually, infertility problems
  • increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS)
  • complications due to the combination of prescription medication and other drugs/alcohol
  • death, coma or toxic reactions, especially when combining alcohol with any other drug, including over-the-counter medicine or prescriptions
  • guilt/regret over activities performed while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, i.e., regretting sexual encounters, fighting, risk-taking, legal difficulties
  • organic damage to brain, cardiovascular system, liver, etc.
  • increased risk of cancer
  • fetal Alcohol Syndrome, birth or genetic defects
  • psychosis (hallucinations, loss of contact with reality, extreme changes in personality)
  • other physiological, psychological or interpersonal problems

Substance Abuse Resources

On Campus
Health Promotion Office (1201 University Center) 906-227-1455
Employee Assistance Service 906-227-2330
Counseling and Consultation Services (3405 Hedgcock) 906-227-2981
Marquette Area
Alcoholic Treatment Center (24-hour help line) 800-260-4014
Alcoholics and Narcotics (24-hour help line) 906-228-2611
Alcoholics Anonymous 906-249-4430
Aspen Breeze Treatment Center 906-226-2527
Bell Behavioral Services 906-249-9002
Drug Abuse Treatment Center (24-hour help line) 800-259-7115
Great Lakes Recovery Centers 906-228-7611
Outpatient services 906-228-6545
Youth residential 906-228-4692

Alcoholic Beverages

Northern Michigan University seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that both respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety and welfare of all members of its community.  In keeping with these objectives, the University has established policy and guidelines governing the possession, use, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the University campus that conform to the laws of Michigan.  Underage possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages and public intoxication are not permitted.  Northern Michigan University enforces Michigan underage drinking laws.  Intentionally or knowingly selling, or intentionally or knowingly furnishing alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21, or to persons obviously inebriated, is not permitted.  Legal consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages is limited to designated locations.  The complete policy and guidelines concerning alcoholic beverages is published in Northern Michigan University’s policy and procedure database (

Illegal Drugs

The University does not condone the illegal possession, use, sale or distribution of marijuana, hallucinogens, narcotics or any other illegal drugs by anyone on campus property.  Northern Michigan University enforces both Federal and Michigan drug laws.  Any individual known to be possessing, using, or distributing such drug is subject to campus disciplinary action and criminal arrest, imprisonment and/or fine according to state and federal law.

Northern Michigan University complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Information regarding the Act can be found at and outlines NMU's expectations and procedures for students, faculty and staff.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education and Awareness

Consistent with its educational mission, the University also assists it members in finding alternatives to alcoholic beverages by promoting social interaction and stress reduction, and it provides services and resources for community members who experience alcohol-related difficulties.  Keeping informed is an important step in developing a healthy lifestyle and in knowing how to cope with problems as they arise. 

Northern Michigan University provides useful and informative prevention education programs throughout the year in both residential and academic settings.  Public Safety and Police Services conducts regular programming nearly 30 times a year.  In addition, the NMU Health Promotion Office on campus provides education as well.   

The Health Promotion Office conducts the early intervention education program for students who violate the University’s alcohol and other drug policies.  The goal of the program is to help students reduce the risk of any type of alcohol or drug-related problems at any point of their lives.  The program uses self-assessment to help students identify changes that can reduce the risk of alcohol or other drug related health problems. 

Additional programs on a variety of health, wellness and social issues are offered by the Health Promotion Office.  A variety of departments sponsor workshops and lectures on alcohol- and drug-related issues to support and encourage healthy, productive lifestyles.  These programs are made available through:

University Police – (906) 227-2151

Student Counseling & Consultation Services (906)-227-2980

Housing and Residence Life (906)-227-2620

University Health Center (906)-227-2355

Substance Abuse and Violence Education Support Services (906)-227-1455

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Education and Awareness Programs

New Student Orientation Presentations - The Dean of Students and the NMU Police Department do a presentation as part of a Campus Health and Safety Presentation where students are introduced to a variety of talking points. Students are introduced to the fact that NOT all students drink and information is shared on the percentage that have reported not drinking in past surveys.

Late-night at the PEIF Event - This event has been held the Friday before classes start each fall semester for the last 14 years as part of the University’s Welcome Weekend activities.  This is an alcohol-free event that uses breathalyzers to insure that each participant has not consumed any alcohol prior to entering.  The event is intended to provide a safe place for students to enjoy a wide range of campus/off-campus recreational activities, be introduced to and try out the facilities and meet new friends in an alcohol-free environment.  The event is promoted and partially funded by student groups including the ASNMU student government finance committee and the campus Greek community.

Residence Hall Director/Residence Assistant Training - This activity occurs once a year in the summer usually in late July or early August.  The focus of this session is to get acquainted with the staff, introduce them to services on campus, and inform them how to reach out for consultations in situations involving alcohol, drugs, or crime. 

Hospitality Program/Bar and Beverage Management Class – This once-a-year class invites the Health Promotion Office and Public Safety and Police Services to be part of an extensive educational process regarding the challenges of working with the consumer product alcohol.  The students are provided insight into the impact of drinking and driving, the difficulty in determining the intoxication levels of their patrons and the outcomes of short- and long-term drinking on their patrons, their staffs and the families.

First Year Experience Tutorial (Required) class for incoming students

Information is available online to incoming freshman students for sexual assault and addressing the role that alcohol can play when these crimes are being committed and safe bystander intervention. This includes an introduction to the University’s Medical Amnesty Policy.

Fitness and Well-Being Classes (HP200) – The Health Promotion Office provides educational support for the “Substance Abuse” chapter.  Each class provides an overview to the Health Promotion Office, an introduction to the role that alcohol can play on campus, an interactive activity with a post-activity discussion and finally an introduction to campus and community resources.

Alcohol, AIDS, Acquaintance Rape Awareness Week

Generally scheduled for the last week in October, the Health Promotion Office plans and partners with other offices and student groups to provide campus-wide activities.  The events are designed to raise awareness of and/or bring focus to health and safety topics related to alcohol and other drug risk, AIDS, and sexual violence.

Safe Holiday Campaign

In early December the Public Safety and Police Services and the Health Promotion Office schedules events to raise awareness about the risk of impaired driving and other party related concerns.

Safer Break Week

Two weeks prior to spring break in late February, students are challenged to contemplate healthier and safer choices during their time away from campus.

Wildcat Wellness Fair

This fair provides opportunities for campus departments, student groups and community-based service providers to share a range of health and safety related booths, displays and activities including a variety of physical screenings.

Access to Campus Facilities and Residence Halls

Exterior door access for the University’s 9 residence halls and the Woodland Park apartments is controlled with an IP-based door access control technology tailored specifically for universities. This system allows Housing and Residence Life Office staff to manage exterior door access electronically.

Housing and Residence Life works diligently to provide a secure environment for residents while minimizing any inconveniences. Residents are encouraged to keep their room doors locked, keep exit doors secured, escort their guests at all times, and report any unusual circumstances to hall staff or Public Safety and Police Services immediately. Residents are held accountable for their guest’s actions.

The NMU Police Department and the Residence Life staff are jointly responsible for the development of procedure and programs to promote the greatest possible safety and security of the residences halls. Educational programs emphasizing security and what residents can do to protect themselves are provided by Residence Life, University Police and other on- and off-campus services.

Most other campus facilities are open during weekday business hours. An automated card access system controls access after business hours.  University members with questions about the system should contact the NMU Police Department at (906) 227-2151.

Daily Crime Log

The NMU Department of Public Safety and Police Services maintains a Daily Crime Log.  The Daily Crime Log is available for public inspection at the department’s office located in room 102 of the Services Building or at

The Daily Crime Log includes the nature, date, time and general location of each crime reported to the department, as well as the disposition of the complaint, if this information is known at the time the log is created.  The department posts specific incidents in the Daily Crime Log within two business days of receiving a report of an incident and reserves the right to exclude reports from the log in certain circumstances as allowed by law.

Safe Walk Service

The NMU Police Department provides escort services campus-wide during the hours of darkness. Student lot guards, when on duty, provide this service; otherwise department patrol officers will make the transport when requested.

Security Surveys

Security surveys are conducted on a regular basis with members of the University community. The primary goal of these surveys is to identify areas of the physical campus that may present vulnerabilities to safety.  The department works with the appropriate facilities office to address concerns noted in the surveys. 

Concealed Weapons Permit

Campus visitors with a weapon and a CCW / Carry Concealed Weapon permit must register and store the weapon at Public Safety and Police Services.

Sex Offender Registration

The “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement information provided by a State concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained.  It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the State of Michigan, convicted sex offenders must register with the Sex Offender and Crimes against Minors Registry maintained by the State Police. 

The Sex Offenders Registration Act, MCL 28.721et seq., directs the Michigan State Police to develop and maintain a public registry and provides guidelines on the type of offender information available to the public.  The registration requirements of the Sex Offenders Registration Act are intended to provide the people of this state with an appropriate, comprehensive, and effective means to monitor those persons who pose such a potential danger.

Information concerning registered sex offenders may be viewed at:,4643,7-123-1878_24961---,00.html

Missing Person Policy

It is the policy of Northern Michigan University to actively investigate any report of a missing person(s) as defined below. There is no waiting period before the commencement of an investigation and procedures will be governed by federal, state and local laws.  Report a missing person to Public Safety and Police Services. 

A missing person is defined as a “person affiliated with the University being a student, faculty or staff member” or any other person last seen on the property of Northern Michigan University and reported as missing - or - a person affiliated with the University but not on campus at the time they were reported missing.

The housing application for each student living in on-campus housing includes the option to identify a contact person or persons whom NMU shall notify within 24 hours of the determination that a student is missing.  The Dean of Students Office will determine when further contact will be initiated.  However, if the student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the student's custodial parent or guardian will be notified immediately.  In all cases the contact person and will be notified within 24 hours.  Regardless of whether a contact person has been identified, local law enforcement will be notified within 24 hours unless local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that the student was missing.

Sexual Misconduct Awareness

Northern Michigan University utilizes a range of training to promote awareness, risk reduction, and prevention programing in an effort to reduce the risk of sexual misconduct.  Sexual misconduct includes any of the following acts:  sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, dating violence, voyeurism, sex discrimination, domestic violence, and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual. 

Northern Michigan University provides online training to employees on preventing harassment, discrimination, and sexual violence, and how to report it through LawRoom. Campus Clarity provides training to all incoming first year students and transfer students on the same topics. Returning students are provided a modified version of the Campus Clarity module each year following their first year at Northern. Programs and other training offered throughout the year covers bystander intervention, prevention and risk reduction awareness, including training on institutional policies on sex/gender discrimination and sexual and/or relationship misconduct.

Northern Michigan University Crime Statistics

The following chart contains the number of reported crimes on campus required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act -Formerly known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.  Recent amendments to the Clery Act require the University to specifically indicate whether reports involve dating violence, domestic violence, and/or stalking as well as any reports that include gender identity or national origin as a bias.

Nature of Complaint




Aggravated Assault












Criminal Sexual Conduct




Drug Laws




Liquor Law Violations




Auto Theft
















Weapons Violation




Domestic Violence








Dating Violence




Northern Michigan University

Higher Education Opportunity Act

2018 Fire Safety Annual Compliance Report

Building Fire Safety Systems

University buildings are equipped with various safety systems.  Fire Safety Systems include suppression and audible notification systems.

Description of Residence Hall Fire Safety Systems

Each residence hall room and all common areas, except laundry rooms and mechanical rooms, are monitored with addressable photoelectric sensors (smoke detectors). Laundry rooms and mechanical rooms are monitored with addressable heat sensors. All detectors have been installed per appropriate codes and are networked using a dedicated copper backbone cable to a local annunciation panel located in each residence hall lobby. A residence hall room smoke detector that goes into alarm will also cause an alarm in the resident director’s apartment, in the appropriate resident adviser’s room and at The NMU Police Department. The fire detection system in each residence hall is networked using dedicated copper cable and/or fiber optic cable to the NMU Police Department office, where it is continuously monitored.

All residence hall rooms, bathrooms, and common areas are covered by a wet pipe fire suppression system. The attic spaces in the four recently renovated residence halls – Magers, Meyland, Van Antwerp, Hunt, and Woodland Park – are protected with a dry pipe system. The fire suppression system is monitored locally and centrally in the same manner as the fire/smoke detection system.

Fire Alarms

Every time any building fire alarm sounds, the building shall be immediately evacuated, regardless of what may have caused the alarm.

Activated Fire Alarms, Notification to the Department of Public Safety

For on-campus buildings (Stateside buildings, Recreational buildings, Auxiliary Services, Resident halls, and Woodland Apts.) whenever a fire alarm system is activated, a signal is received at the Public Safety Dispatch Center.  Public Safety Officers are immediately dispatched to respond and quickly determine the cause of the alarm. 

Residence Hall Fire Drills

Fire drills are conducted each semester in each residence facility.  All rooms are searched to insure there is full evacuation. Anyone who does not promptly evacuate is referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.

Number of Fire Drills Held - 2017

NMU follows Michigan’s Bureau of Fire Services, Fire Division, Postsecondary Educational Institutions Instructional Staff Training, Fire Drills & Reporting Requirements.  Two fire drills were held in each of the residence halls, including, Gant, Hunt, Magers, Meyland, Spalding, Spooner, Van Antwerp, and West Hall during the academic year and one is conducted in any dormitory that is occupied in the summer academic period.

Evacuation Procedures

Residence hall students - A flier / building diagram is posted on the back of every residence hall room door that states:


  • Prepare to leave your room immediately, but feel your room door before opening it.
  • If your room door is hot to the touch and you are above the 1st floor, stay in your room (you are safer there):
    • Seal off cracks with towels or blankets (wet if possible) around the door to your room.
    • Stay near your window and let emergency personnel know where you are by signaling from your window and/or call Public Safety and Police Services 911.
    • Emergency personnel will let you know what to do and will provide you with assistance.
  • If your room door is hot and you are on the 1st floor you can leave your room through the window if it is safe to do so.
  • If your room door is cool, open your door cautiously. Be prepared to close it if smoke or heat comes in:
    • If the hall is clear, leave your room immediately, making sure your room door is closed and leave the building by the most direct route.
    • If the most direct route is blocked by fire, intense smoke or emergency personnel, use another exit.
    • If both routes are blocked, return to your room (see procedure above).
  • Once you have left the building, stay out and stand away from the entrance until the alarm has been shut off and you are given permission to reenter. 


  • If the fire is in your room, get out and close the door to your room.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm and leave the building.
  • If you have access to a phone, call 911 to report the fire, your hall and room number.
  • Once you have left the building, stay out and stand away from the entrance until the alarm has been shut off and you are given permission to reenter.

Student Housing Evacuation Procedures

The following flier with a building diagram is posted on the back of every residence hall room door:


  • Prepare to leave your room immediately, but feel your room door before opening it.
  • If your room door is hot to the touch and you are above the 1st floor, stay in your room (you are safer there):
    • Seal off cracks with towels or blankets (wet if possible) around the door to your room.
    • Stay near your window and let emergency personnel know where you are by signaling from your window and/or call Public Safety and Police Services 911.
    • Emergency personnel will let you know what to do and will provide you with assistance.
  • If your room door is hot and you are on the 1st floor you can leave your room through the window if it is safe to do so.
  • If your room door is cool, open your door cautiously. Be prepared to close it if smoke or heat comes in:
    • If the hall is clear, leave your room immediately, making sure your room door is closed and leave the building by the most direct route.
    • If the most direct route is blocked by fire, intense smoke or emergency personnel, use another exit.
    • If both routes are blocked, return to your room (see procedure above).
  • Once you have left the building, stay out and stand away from the entrance until the alarm has been shut off and you are given permission to reenter. 


  • If the fire is in your room, get out and close the door to your room.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm and leave the building.
  • If you have access to a phone, call 911 to report the fire, your hall and room number.
  • Once you have left the building, stay out and stand away from the entrance until the alarm has been shut off and you are given permission to reenter.

False Fire Alarms

Causing a false fire alarm is not only against University policy and an inconvenience to everyone in the building, it is also a crime.  The University takes this very seriously, and will act swiftly and severely with anyone who causes a false fire alarm.  Those found responsible for causing a false fire alarm are charged by the University  with the criminal charge of FIRE-FALSE ALARM (750.240), are processed by the court system, and are referred to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.

Tampering with Fire Safety Equipment

Tampering with any fire safety equipment, whether it is a pull station, smoke or heat detector, sprinkler head, horn/strobe unit or fire extinguisher, is a crime and against University policy.

Escaping a Fire

If there is a fire in the room, get out immediately and close the door.  Once out, call 911.  If there is a fire in the building, feel your door before opening it; if it feels hot, do not open it.  Seal the cracks around it with sheets or clothes to prevent smoke from entering. If the outside air is clean, open the window and wave a sheet to attract rescuers.  Use the phone to call Public Safety.  If the door is cool, open it, leave and close it behind you.  Proceed to the nearest exit.  If there is smoke in the hallway, stay low where the air is freshest.  A wet cloth over your mouth and nose will also help with breathing.  Never use elevators during a fire.  Do not try to save possessions.  Finally, know more than one way to leave the building. 

Keep Stairwells and Hallways Clear

All corridors, stairwells and public areas must be kept free of obstructions.  No furniture or personal belongings may be left in the hallways.

Fire Doors Must Remain Closed

Hallway, stairwell and residence room doors are fire doors and are there to protect you from smoke and flame.  These doors are “fire rated” to provide such protection.  However, they are of no value if they are propped open, allowing heat, smoke or flames to travel down the hallway or into another area. 

Decorations that pose a fire hazard and anything hung from the ceiling are prohibited.  Draperies and tapestries must be rated flame resistant (NFPA 701).  Doorways and all egresses must be kept free and clear at all times.  Excessive decorations that are deemed to pose a potential fire hazard (type of material, flammability) are prohibited.

Use of Specific Devices

The use of portable electrical devices, candles, grills, and other devises are governed by the Student Handbook as well as the individual housing agreements, contracts, and leases.  Salient points follow: 

Extension Cords:  The only extension cords allowed are UL listed surge protected, with built-in circuit breakers. Extension cords must never be overloaded, placed across the room threshold, under rugs or anywhere they can be stepped on.

Portable Electrical Appliances:  Because of the hazards of fire and the limits on the amount of electricity which can be safely used on any electrical circuit, good judgment should be exercised in using electrical appliances in University housing facilities. Television sets are permitted in residence hall rooms provided all occupants of the room agree. The only appliances allowed in the residence halls are coffee makers, popcorn poppers and hot pots. Open heating devices are not allowed.

Sun lamps, clamp-on-bed lamps, electrical heaters, open-element popcorn poppers, hot plates, indoor grills, hazardous electrical appliances, and appliances in need of electrical repair are specifically prohibited.  In addition, the following are not permitted in the apartments – candles, incense, flammable or explosive materials (e.g., fireworks, gun powder, gasoline, propane), sun lamps, clamp-on bed lamps, electrical heaters, and hot plates. 

Fireworks and Explosive Chemicals:  No students shall possess, explode, or cause to explode firecrackers or other types of fireworks or explosives in any building or on any property owned or controlled by the University.  No students shall, on University property, possess, store, mix, or experiment with any chemical or explosive materials including, but not limited to, gunpowder and gasoline, which may be injurious to the lives and safety of the University community. This regulation shall not apply to instructor supervised learning activities.      

Unless acting in compliance with a specific written exemption to this regulation from the Dean of Students, no students shall use or create an open flame, or use live or glowing embers or charcoal in any University buildings. This regulation shall not apply to instructor supervised learning activities.

Holiday Decorations:  Because they are highly combustible, natural Christmas trees and wreaths are prohibited. All holiday lighting must be UL listed and approved. Holiday decorations that are considered excessive or a potential fire safety hazard are prohibited. 

Wall Hangings: It is recommended that not more than 10 percent of the available wall space used for wall hangings must be adhered to. Anything that is highly combustible or flammable is prohibited.   Decorations that pose a fire hazard and anything hung from the ceiling are prohibited.  Draperies and tapestries must be rated flame resistant (NFPA 701).  Doorways and all egresses must be kept free and clear at all times.  Excessive decorations that are deemed to pose a potential fire hazard (type of material, flammability) are prohibited.

Prohibited Items May Be Confiscated

Items that are prohibited from the residence halls and deemed to be a fire hazard may be confiscated by the Housing and Residence Life or The NMU Police Department and Police Services staff.

Ceremonial Exemption

Smoking is permitted in compliance with University Regulation.  Requests for exception to this regulation for ceremonial or religious purposes may be sought by making a written application to the Dean of Students.

Fire Safety Education and Training


All Summer Orientation Sessions: Housing and Residence Life Meeting – During each (6) Summer Orientation Session (6) students meet with the director of housing and residence life. During the orientation session, several fire safety topics are covered, including the causes of fires in residence halls (national), appliances permitted, minimum expectations for power strips, prohibited items, fire safety system equipment in University residence halls and what is expected of students in the event of a fire drill or fire alarm.

After students check into the residence hall, the resident adviser (RA) meets with the students to discuss 1) Highlights from Administrative Policies, including the prohibition against candles and certain appliances; 2) proper use of power strips; and 3) fire safety.  In addition, the safety information posted on each residence hall door is reviewed. 


Fire safety and building evacuation procedures are covered during both the professional staff and the paraprofessional staff training.  Employees receive an annual e-mail with fire safety and evacuation procedures.

Title of Persons/Organization to Whom Students and Employees Report a Fire

The NMU Police Department and Police Services (911)

The NMU Police Department non-emergency for fire reporting purposes: (906) 227-2150 or (906) 227-2151

Planned Improvements in Fire Safety

  1. Update the apartment lease to state that candles are prohibited;

  2. Evaluate the need for additional smoke detectors in the Norwood/Center apartment buildings;

  3. Upgrade aged systems

2017 Fire Log

Date Occurred

Time Occurred

General Location

Nature of the Fire


7:25 p.m.

Lot 1

Accidental Fire - Vehicle Fire


5:34 p.m.

Lot 24

Accidental Fire - Vehicle Fire


7:00 p.m.

1220 Center #7

Accidental Fire-Grease/Stove


8:23 a.m.

New Science Rm 3305

Accidental Fire-Lab


4:16 a.m.

Gant/Spalding Smoking Area

Accidental Fire-Garbage Can