The University’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report for the 2019-20 school year is now available, according to an an email to the University of Michigan Wednesday morning from Erik Mattila, Division of Public Safety and Security clery compliance coordinator.
According to Mattila, the document, which is commonly referred to as the ASFSR, is a comprehensive list of University policies, public safety, emergency and support services, tips and legislation. The document also houses statistics from the last three years about reported crime on campus and adjoining properties.
This University is required to disseminate this information under the Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act so people can make informed personal decisions about safety, the email noted.
At the end of the email, Mattila wrote the University is not immune to having illegal incidents take place on campus property, though this is not unusual for a large university.
“As one might expect of any large university campus, incidents do arise,” Mattila wrote in the email. “However, as you review the ASFSR, you will find that the University of Michigan Ann Arbor campus continues to be a safe place for our community to live, learn, work, heal and visit.”
In a letter published inside the ASFSR, Eddie Washington, DPSS executive director, wrote the document is part of his division’s commitment to ensuring safety on campus. He noted opportunities for community members to participate in Active Attacker Response and self-defense classes, complete bike and electronics registration and watch the active attacker video.
He also encouraged community members to report crimes when they occur and reiterated that DPSS’s goal is making campus safe for all.
“At the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS), we are committed to ensuring a safe and secure campus, and we ask our community to partner with us in achieving this goal,” Washington wrote. “This report is part of our ongoing effort to inform you of the safety programs and services available to the university community, the crimes reported to DPSS personnel, and the steps you can take to maintain a safe and secure campus.”