Learn more about existing safety-related infrastructure, personnel, resources and partnerships to keep the university a safe environment in which to live, work and learn.

Environment and Security Technology

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Does the university have cameras? How many?

There are 1,219 video cameras located throughout campus and in the near-campus neighborhood. They are linked to the Command Information Center at the Marquette University Police Department and are used to help monitor suspicious behavior and document activity in a given area. Installation of more cameras was announced in March 2022.

How many Blue Light phones are there?

More than 450 Blue Light phones are located throughout campus and in the nearby neighborhood. Blue Light phones have cameras that are always recording. By picking up the phone, a caller is connected with MUPD immediately.

What kind of safety equipment is active in Marquette parking structures?

Surface lots and parking structures have cameras and are patrolled by public safety officers and police officers. In both parking structures 1 and 2, cameras are on each floor of the structure as well as in the elevator lobbies. There are also panic buttons in every stairwell landing that connect directly to the Command Information Center in MUPD.

Does Marquette consider environmental design strategies to deter crime?

The university balances measures that ensure our urban environment is active and vibrant while also being safe. Known as Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED), this multi-disciplinary approach uses urban and architectural design and the management of built and natural environments to deter potential offenders, while building a sense of community and control. Examples include more lighting, landscaping, traffic mitigation strategies, restricted parking, building access control and surveillance cameras.

What kind of security measures are in place at the residence halls? 

All residence hall doors are locked 24/7. Anyone with a MUID is able to enter the residence halls by tapping their MUID at the exterior entrance. Once inside, only those with current access permission to the residence hall will be able to check in at the front desk using their MUID. All residence halls also have front desk staff.

 

Marquette University Police Department

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How large is the Marquette University Police Department?

Chief Edith Hudson leads more than 80 trained public safety professionals, including 44 sworn law enforcement officers, who deliver an extensive safety infrastructure throughout campus and in the near-off-campus neighborhood. As a commissioned police force, MUPD has the authority to protect campus, make arrests and issue citations.

Where does MUPD patrol?

MUPD’s patrol zone is extensive and exceeds campus boundaries. The patrol zone is generally bordered by:

  • Highland Avenue to the north
  • North James Lovell and 6th streets to the east
  • 24th Street to the west
  • Canal Street to the south

MUPD and the Milwaukee Police Department frequently collaborate on investigations near patrol borders.

How does MUPD work with other neighborhood entities on public safety?

MUPD works closely with Near West Side Partners, a nonprofit organization focused on making the Near West Side a great place to live, work, play and stay by revitalizing and sustaining thriving business and residential corridors. Its board and working teams include institutional stakeholders, civic leaders and residents. Members of MUPD serve on NWSP working teams and assist with orientation for the NWSP Ambassador Program, which is integral to building important, trusted relationships. This group interacts with the homeless population and connects them with resources. Ambassadors are Near West Side residents themselves who are well-connected in the community.

 

Safety Alert Texts and Emails

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When does MUPD send safety alert text messages and emails?

A safety alert text message is only sent if there is an active threat to campus or if there is a significant police presence. Occasionally an alert may be sent if there is a building issue. Text alerts inform the campus community of immediate action steps that will preserve safety. For example:

  • Use caution: If you are in the area, use caution and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid area: Stay away from the area.
  • Shelter in place: Stay where you are until an all clear is given.
  • Evacuate: Evacuate the building you are in immediately.
  • Run, Hide, Fight: If you can safely leave the area, leave. If you are unable to leave the area safely, find a safe and secure location to hide. If you are left with no other option, use materials at your disposal to fight the active threat.

When more information is known as MUPD investigates, a follow-up email is sent that includes suspect and vehicle descriptions, if applicable. This information encourages people to avoid a certain area and watch for suspects who match the description. All Safety Alert emails are posted online in Marquette Today, and alerts may be updated with new information if and when it becomes available.

Because MUPD is a commissioned police force, it responds to many incidents each day that do not pose a threat to campus and, therefore, do not warrant a text alert. MUPD keeps a daily log of all crimes or serious incidents that occur within its patrol boundaries. Learn more about daily log information.

Why do students, faculty and staff receive safety alerts?

Marquette University complies with the Jeanne Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to report campus crime data, support victims of violence and publicly outline the policies and procedures they have put into place to improve campus safety. MUPD’s patrol zone includes neighboring communities and the university, so this process is in place for those who live and work at the university.

Who can receive MUPD safety alert text messages?

All students, faculty and staff are automatically opted in to the text messaging system as long as their mobile phone numbers are up-to-date and labeled as a mobile number in CheckMarq for students or in MyJob for faculty and staff. (Faculty and staff with university-owned cell phones will automatically receive text alerts.) Please ensure your device settings are not blocking mass notifications or emergency notifications. Parents and guardians may opt into text messages and will need to do so every June 1.

  • Students: Go to CheckMarq. Go to "Profile" and select "Contact Details." Scroll down to "Phone" and enter your mobile number. Make sure it's labeled "mobile," not "home."
  • Faculty and staff: Please go to MyJob to add or update your mobile phone number for text alerts.
  • Parents and guardians: Parents and guardians of current, active students should visit the Family Safety Texts webpage and enter their student’s MUID number. After submitting, the authentication process will confirm (or deny) the request and provide further instruction for enrolling your mobile number. Upon receiving a confirmation text message of enrollment, your mobile number is immediately active and will receive future safety alert text messages. You will need to re-enroll every June 1.

Who can receive safety alert emails?

All students, faculty and staff with Marquette email addresses automatically receive emails. After MUPD sends a text message and gathers more information through its investigation, an email is sent that includes suspect and vehicle descriptions, if applicable. This information encourages people to avoid a certain area and watch for suspects who match the description.

All Safety Alert emails are posted online in Marquette Today, and alerts may be updated with new information if and when it becomes available.

 

Safety Resources and Trainings

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What does the EagleEye app do?

The EagleEye app hosts many safety resources, and anyone — including parents and neighbors — can download it via the App Store or Google Play. Location services must be enabled and push notifications allowed for full functionality. In addition to providing housing maps, emergency procedures and support resources, the app offers important real-time services:

  • Safety alert push notifications: These are the same notifications received via text. You must have your push notification settings on for the app to receive these.
  • Mobile BlueLight: By tapping a button, MUPD will be dispatched to your device’s location to immediately respond.
  • Friend Walk: This allows you to send your location to a friend so the friend can ensure you get to your destination safely or call emergency services if they are concerned. When you finish your trip, disconnect, and it will stop tracking.

Note that MUPD does not track devices with the EagleEye app installed. Device location information is only shared with MUPD when a Mobile BlueLight communication is activated, and, even then, MUPD does not have a name associated with the device.

Does Marquette offer self-defense and other safety training?

MUPD offers many protective services and programs to protect self and property.

Trainings:

    • Student orientation: Each year, MUPD participates in student orientation to introduce the students to MUPD with a brief presentation of who we are and what we do. In addition, we provide general safety tips and explain the available training programs.
    • Self-defense: The free self-defense program combines a hands-on approach to learning effective techniques with information about the latest national and local crime trends. Designed for female and male audiences, the class incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations.
    • Personal security: Personal Security Awareness training reviews steps to take to limit exposure to personal and environmental security risks.
    • Active shooter training: MUPD provides active shooter training to students, faculty and staff upon request.

What kind of resources are available for students living in off-campus housing?

During winter and spring breaks, MUPD offers the Vacant House Watch program to students residing in the near-off-campus neighborhood. Students can register their residences before leaving campus, and officers monitor vacant residences during routine patrols of the neighborhood.

Additionally, crime prevention officers are available to assess the security of a residence. The officer walks through the residence with tenants and, if requested, prepares a written report detailing any security concerns. Written reports are given to tenants to use in discussion with landlords.

What steps should I take to protect my personal property?

    • Bicycle registration forms help students identify their bikes by documenting serial numbers, models and descriptions.
    • For students buying and selling personal items, the MUPD office at 749 N. 16th St. serves as a safe meeting place for students to exchange property instead of at their personal residences. This allows them to protect their housing information while having the comfort of nearby security.
    • With the uptick in car thefts targeting Kias and Hyundais, MUPD has been providing free steering wheel locks for students, faculty, staff and citizens who live in the patrol boundaries to better protect their cars.

 

Mental and Emotional Well-being

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Does the university have a counseling center?

Yes, students are welcome to call Marquette’s Counseling Center at (414) 288-7172 to speak to a counselor on call. The center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and currently offers both virtual and in-person clinical services. Students should call the main number to schedule an initial screening appointment with a professional counselor, or they can walk in for urgent concerns during business hours. For mental health emergencies on weekdays after 4:30 p.m., on weekends or during most holidays, call MUPD at (414) 288-6800 and request to speak with the on-call counselor.

What other mental health resources are available?

Marquette offers many mental health resources for students as well as faculty and staff:

  • Active Minds: Marquette chapter: A national organization promoting mental health and wellness for young adults
  • Camino small groups: A program for students to connect, build friendships, and bolster their relationships with God
  • Culturally diverse student resources: Find community with peers of similar cultural backgrounds
  • Employee Assistance Program: A free service for employees to receive work-life services and short-term counseling
  • Faber Center: Dedicated to providing faculty and staff with support and guidance in leading a reflective life
  • GROW courses: Personal and professional development programming for faculty and staff
  • SilverCloud: A virtual mental health resource for all faculty, staff and students
  • Spiritual Direction: A program through Campus Ministry for students to be matched with a guide for their spiritual journeys
  • Tutoring: Available for students

Additionally, the following offices are also here to help:

What is a bias incident, and how do I report it?

A bias incident is any discriminatory or hurtful act that appears to be motivated or is perceived by the victim or victims to be motivated by race, ethnicity, religion, age, national origin, sex, ability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, socioeconomic status or language. To be considered a bias incident, the act is not required to be a crime under any federal, state or local statutes. Please use this form to report an incident.

For other ways to report a bias incident and to learn about how Marquette is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and respectful community that allows students, faculty and staff to achieve their fullest potential, please visit this Division of Student Affairs page.

 

LIMO (Local Intercampus Mobile Operations)

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When do LIMOs run?

Every day! Our LIMOs are on the road 365 days a year from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

How do I get a LIMO?

The LIMOs drive freely around campus, while the Express units follow a set route around campus and stop for individuals flagging them down from the sidewalk. They are required to make stops at every LIMO stop along their route, which includes every dorm and Raynor Library.

If you're on the sidewalk and see a LIMO, you can flag it down for a ride. Otherwise, you can call our dispatch number and request a LIMO at (414) 288-6363.

How long do LIMOs take to get to me?

Our objective is to provide a safe, not speedy, service for all passengers. LIMO wait times are usually 1-10 minutes but can vary depending on many factors, such as weather, call volume, events on campus and the number of employees in service.

What off-campus locations do LIMOs go to?

LIMOs currently service the Milwaukee Intermodal Station (Amtrak), Valley Fields, the 313 Building, the Eleven25 at Pabst apartments and Marquette's Behavior Analysis Clinic.

Can any LIMO take me off campus?

Yes, you should get on any LIMO that arrives, but typically our white LIMO Express vans will handle off-campus transports.

What are the LIMO boundaries and Express routes?

LIMOs operate within these boundaries.

I forgot an item on a LIMO, what do I do?

Our drivers do interior checks of their van at the beginning and end of their shift to locate any items that may have been left behind. If we find your item, the latest it will be available for pickup will be at the end of our nightly operations at 3 a.m.

Our policy requires us to turn in any found items to MUPD. If we've located your item, it will be available for pickup from them.

A LIMO driver is taking a long time to get to my destination. What's going on?

On busy nights especially, this is something that will be happening frequently. Our drivers are trained to pick up and drop off passengers on their way to other destinations to maximize efficiency and minimize wait times. Don't worry, though. Your driver may be taking a longer route to get to your destination, but that's because they're multitasking to take care of other pickups and drop-offs too.

What is the LIMO Callback Policy?

If you've called for a LIMO Express or Safety Patrol escort and one hasn't shown up in 10 minutes, feel free to give us a call back to make sure it's still on the way. It could be busy at the moment or you could have accidentally missed your service. Whatever the case, we'll make sure one gets to you.

Does calling multiple times make a LIMO get to me faster?

No. Our dispatcher treats a single call from a location the same as multiple calls from a location. LIMOs prioritize by location, not by the number of calls. Calling multiple times will only tie up our phone lines and make other people unable to get a ride.

Can I bring alcohol on a LIMO?

Open containers of alcohol are never allowed in our vans. If the alcohol is sealed in its original store packaging, you may bring it on the LIMO. Kegs are not allowed in our vans.

Can I use a LIMO to help me move to my new apartment across campus?

LIMOs are intended to transport you safely, not to transport your belongings around campus.

How much training are LIMO drivers given?

Our program prides itself on being one of the most training intensive at the university. LIMO drivers go through a minimum of 30 hours of supervised training before being allowed to drive on their own. In that time, multiple tests and knowledge checks are given to ensure we are only putting the most qualified individuals on the road.