Safety and Security

The Residence Life office knows that safety and security are important issues. We believe it takes a partnership among Residence Life procedures, our staff and students to maintain Western Michigan University's reputation as a safe campus. Below are highlights of the multiple security measures in the residence halls.

Campus safety

WMU’s Department of Public Safety is active an active partner with Residence Life and the campus community. In addition to a police force, public safety includes Parking ServicesEnvironmental Safety and Emergency Management and the Bronco Card Center
A few key things to know:

  • Public safety sponsors a Student Watch and escort service.
  • Public safety publishes an annual campus crime report.
  • There are blue light emergency call stations throughout campus that connect students directly to dispatch.
  • Environmental Safety conducts regular fire and tornado drills in the residence halls.
  • Lost student ID cards should be reported to the Bronco Card Center to be deactivated.

Hall access

  • All residence hall front doors are locked 24/7.  Residents of the hall enter with a security key or a student ID for card-access halls.  Guests should call their friend to be let into the building, and guests should be escorted at all times.
  • Interior hallway doors leading to residential areas are locked 24/7 and require a key or student ID for access.
  • After 8 p.m., all guests must be signed in at the front desk.


Residence hall staff is a great resource for students. A full-time professional hall director runs each building with the support of a graduate assistant. Both live and work in the hall, so they are accessible 24/7 to assist with problems or emergencies. On each floor is a resident assistant, who is an upperlevel student there to assist and guide students during the year. They are trained to help with or make referrals for any type of situation. 

  • Staff is accessible 24 hours a day.
  • Each hall has two resident assistants on duty every night. During the evening they walk the building to be attentive to safety and security concerns.
  • Each night there are four hall directors/graduate assistants on duty for campus. They are there to consult with resident assistants on duty and assist with major events.

Fire safety

  • Each room is equipped with a smoke detector that is checked in August, December and April.
  • Fire extinguishers and fire alarm pull stations are located in multiple locations in each hall.
  • On the back of each room door is a schematic showing the nearest exit and identifying the reassembly location for residents should they need to evacuate the hall.
  • Unannounced fire drills are conducted eight times per year.


  • Video cameras are located in elevators, the lobby and in some hallways and stairwells.
  • Tornado shelters are located throughout the residence hall system.
  • We maintain a close working relationship with the Department of Public Safety, the campus police.

How students can do their part

  • Lock your room door when not at home and at night while sleeping.
  • Keep your keys with you at all times.
  • Do not loan your keys to others.
  • Report lost room keys immediately.
  • Report suspicious people to hall staff.
  • Use designated entrances when entering the hall.
  • Do not prop doors.
  • Do not let individuals you do not know into the building.
  • Read and understand hall and University policies.
  • Look out for one another.