The Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) regularly provides educational programs free of charge to students, faculty and staff on issues concerning safety and wellbeing. Programs generally last one hour and include time for questions. A suitable location with computer, projector and sound capabilities is preferred.
In addition, throughout the year, our Community Engagement Unit organizes and participates in campus events with crime prevention and education display tables staffed by an officer.
If you would like to request a safety program or table display participation for your department or student group, please see the topics below and submit the online request form.
Empowerment Self-Defense Workshop
Our self-defense workshop takes a holistic approach to self-protection, emphasizing awareness and assertiveness skills as well as physical and verbal strategies to counter violence. The goal is to leave you better equipped to deal with everything from harassment to potentially violent people to sexual assault. Participants will take part in verbal exercises, physical drills and discussion.
Responding to an Active Attacker – Run, Hide, Fight™
Chances are you'll never face an active attacker situation. However if you do, you need to be prepared. This presentation aims to educate our community on how to respond and prevent an active attacker incident. The officer will give an overview of the RUN, HIDE, and FIGHT response, as well as the critical thinking involved in choosing a decision that is right for you.
See Something? Say Something!™
This crime prevention presentation will give you an overview of the DPSS law enforcement and security services on campus, incidents that should be reported and how to contact us. Personal safety, dealing with threats and suspicious behavior also are discussed in detail. Many units have made this presentation part of their annual staff training.
Start by Believing - Responding to Sexual Assault
When a sexual assault is reported, officers with the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) start by believing. Knowing how to respond to a sexual assault is critical—a negative response can worsen the trauma and foster an environment where perpetrators face zero consequences for their crimes. We want our community to know that if they come forward with a report, it will be taken seriously and addressed compassionately. Learn More
Workplace & Classroom Violence & Dealing with Difficult People
Our workplace and classroom violence presentation is designed for members of our community to be prepared to deal with escalating behavior and violence in the workplace or classroom. We discuss how to handle escalating or threatening behavior and violence. Prevention and reporting measures are presented within the framework laid out by the U-M Standard Practice Guide and criminal law.
College Campus Scams
College students are among those targeted by scammers. This presentation discusses the scams faced by students at college, the warning signs to watch for, and how students can protect themselves.
Early Intervention and Personal Safety Strategies
This training emphasizes situational awareness so you can spot and avoid potential trouble, recognize escalating behaviors, and use techniques for safely intervening and responding when a person is posing a risk.
This one-hour training can be delivered in person or virtually to a group of any size. This training is designed to develop situational awareness skills to keep you safe before, during, and after work. You will learn tips on identifying what is going on around you, understanding baseline observations, and identifying anomalies to make you more alert and able to quickly make informed decisions for your safety.