Educational Programs concerning security awareness, personal safety, and crime prevention, including the prevention of sexual assault, (including rape, fondling, incest and statutory rape) and personal safety techniques are offered by a variety of groups and individuals on campus each year, including University Police, Dean of Students, Office of Health Advancement (OHA), Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Safety and Risk Management (SRM), Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), University Counseling Center, the VOICE Center, Residence Life and others.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, MSU offered approximately 50 crime prevention and security awareness programs. Topics such as personal safety, residence hall security, drug and alcohol abuse awareness and sexual assault prevention are some examples of programs offered during the prior academic year.

All crime prevention and security awareness programs encourage students and employees are encouraged to be responsible for their own security and the security of others.

The University Police Department provides safety and security education through numerous presentations to on-campus groups and other presentations upon request. The Office of Health Advancement offers outreach and presentations upon request for residence halls, fraternity and sorority life and student groups on topics related to risk reduction/harm reduction; bystander intervention; Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD); and healthy relationships.

Safety and Risk Management provides safety and compliance training free of charge to University employees; including workplace safety, occupational health & safety, and laboratory training courses.

Programs and presentations available annually include:

  • AED/CPR/First Aid Training
  • Fire extinguisher Training
  • Chemical Safety Training
  • E-Scrap Computer & Electronic Recycling
  • Ice Gripper Program (MSU employees)
  • Alcohol awareness
  • Drug awareness
  • Crime Prevention covering crimes such as rape, acquaintance rape, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sexual intercourse without consent, relationship violence, privacy in communications, and stalking
  • Run, Hide, Fight - Active shooter protocol
  • Workplace violence protocols
  • New Employee Orientation
  • Internet Safety and Security
  • Facility Intruder Awareness for Secure Facilities
  • International Student Orientation
  • Property security
  • Personal safety
  • Bicycle safety
  • Identity theft
  • Adopt-A-Cop program
  • VOICE Center and Not In Our House taskforce educational presentations on bystander intervention and interpersonal violence prevention
  • Insight – OHA classroom instruction based on self and administrative referral for individuals dealing with alcohol & drug related issues
  • Others upon request

 AED device

Students living in residence halls are provided with security brochures at check-in. Residence Life staff regularly address residence hall safety and security rules and precautions, and

personal safety considerations with all residents at floor and hall meetings. Safety and security rules and guidance are provided in the Residence Hall Handbook.


MSU employees are eligible to participate in the Ice Gripper Program. To help MSU personnel stay safe while walking in the winter time, Safety & Risk Management provides free ice grippers to employees (eligible every three years for a new pair). Ice grippers are the equivalent of studded tires

for your feet. These devices are similar to slippers that slide over the outside of your shoe and can be easily put on and removed. For more information, contact Safety & Risk Management at 994-7597 or visit


In the interest of fostering good relations with community members residing in university residence halls, the MSU Police Department in partnership with MSU Residence Life, implemented the Adopt-A- Cop program in the fall of 2007. The program entails the assignment of a specific officer to each hall.

Officers participate in hall activities, eat meals in the dining halls with residents, and deliver presentations on topics such as alcohol awareness, safety and security, identity theft, etc. Since its inception, the program has been very successful. Officers feel that they have been able to develop a kind of rapport with students that wasn’t possible prior to the program. Hall staff and residents have also reported having many positive experiences with the program.


MSU initiated the Public Access Defibrillator Program in 2004 because of due diligence and the expectation an organization MSU’s size would have AED’s available to the public. MSU currently has approximately 65 AED’s located throughout campus. For detailed locations, go to AED locations are also available on the SafeCats app.

When considering where to place an AED, the University will consider several facts, including building population, high risk activities, athletic activities, near energized electrical circuits, or more than a 3-minute response time for an AED to arrive from Police or Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Please contact Safety & Risk Management at 994-7597 if you would like to make a request or if an AED has been used and emergency services have been called.


Crime statistics can be found later in this report and can also be accessed on the Montana State University Police website located at:


The MSU Police Department keeps a daily crime log available online or may be accessed at the customer service desk of the University Police Department located in the Roy E. Huffman building at South 7th and Kagy Boulevard. All crimes are reported, though the names of victims and suspects are redacted and locations are generalized to preserve the confidentiality of individuals.


The University’s crime prevention program stresses community awareness and interaction through the dissemination of materials and presentations designed to familiarize students, faculty and staff with their responsibility in reducing criminal opportunity. The university police department also plays an active role in the local crime prevention and crime stoppers program as well as the DUI task force. University officers provide presentations throughout the university community ranging from late night discussion sessions in residence halls to classroom presentations. Crime prevention materials and reminders are also distributed to the campus community.

In addition, the University Police Website provides crime prevention information for the campus, including a crime log, crime alerts, the MSU Sexual or Violent Offender list, 360 Stay Safe at College online and other useful information.


The University Police Department sponsors a free bicycle registration program for students in an effort to discourage bicycle theft.

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