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Michael R. Lovell

Safety Message from UWM Chancellor Lovell

December 13, 2011

Dear UWM Faculty, Staff and Students,

Recent high-profile incidents involving safety and security on campuses in Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York have prompted many universities, including ours, to review the policies, procedures and practices in place to safeguard students, staff and faculty and those who visit our campus.

These events prompt me to offer a brief reminder that UWM has a number of initiatives that address campus health and safety:

  • Many can be reviewed online at the Campus Health and Safety website.
  • Helping others deal with the stress of life can be one of the most important actions we take. “Finding Balance” and “Assisting the Emotionally Distressed Student” are excellent pamphlets from the UWM Norris Health Center.
  • In cases where a student is exhibiting distressing or disruptive behavior that may suggest a safety risk to others, the campus Behavior Review Team can be involved by contacting the Dean of Students office, 414-229-4632. If there is an immediate threat, contact University Police, 9911 from a campus phone or 414-229-9911 when using a cell or off-campus phone.

It is also a good time to review the crime prevention and reporting obligations of faculty and staff. UW System President Kevin Reilly and the UW System Office of General Counsel have offered a detailed commentary on this issue, which also addresses safeguards in place for visitors, including children who come to campuses. I ask that you please review these documents about our obligations to prevent and report crimes.

Addressing issues of safety and security must be done constantly and consistently to ensure that UWM takes additional strides toward being the best place to learn and work. I thank you for your support of these ideals.


Michael R. Lovell