University of Minnesota  Crookston Campus Policy

All Students: General Health and Safety: Crookston


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Policy Statement

Campus officials may notify the parents or legal guardians of students when the health and wellbeing of a student is determined to be at risk. This includes:

  • suicide situations or when students are doing harm to themselves (self-harm):
  • when students are missing and their whereabouts are unknown;
  • when students are hospitalized; or,
  • when students are incapacitated requiring EMTs to be called to the scene.

The University reserves the right not to notify parents or legal guardian.

Alcohol Possession and Consumption

See campus Alcohol Policy.

Controlled Substances

The possession and/or use of any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited on campus. Controlled substances are defined as any substance deemed illegal to possess and/or distribute. Controlled substances include but are not limited to the categories of: stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens, narcotics and intoxicants. This policy does not apply to the possession and/or use of an individual’s prescribed medication by a licensed physician. The Crookston Police Department may be notified for such incidents.

Explosive Materials

Individuals are prohibited from possessing or exploding firecrackers, fireworks, or any other explosive material that may create a safety or fire hazard on University property, unless approved by the campus’s senior Student Affairs officer.

Fire Regulations and Fire Alarms

Individuals are prohibited from tampering with any fire alarm mechanism or fire extinguisher, sign and designation of the overall fire alarm system in the building. Items must not be hung from sprinkler pipes or fixtures. Smoke detectors must not be covered or disabled. Candles and incense are prohibited and will be confiscated immediately and without warning. Halogen lights, candle warmers, lava lamps, or other devices that impose a fire hazard warning are not allowed. No live Christmas trees may have lights displayed upon them (with the exception of the University having one outside in a designated area).

Public Safety staff must be notified immediately of any possible faulty smoke detectors.

Everyone is required to evacuate the building if a fire alarm sounds. Staff may have to enter rooms to ensure evacuation. Students and others cannot re-enter a building until permitted by appropriate staff.

Missing Persons

Any individual on campus who has information that a University housing student may be a missing person must notify University Public Safety as soon as possible.

If a report of a possible missing person is made to a Residential Life staff member, the staff member will:

  • Conduct a life safety/wellness check on the resident;
  • Attempt to make contact via phone, email, or other means;
  • Contact other students who may be aware of the missing person’s whereabouts (e.g., roommate, friends, classmates).

If the missing person cannot be found within 24 hours, University staff will contact Crookston Police Department to report a possible missing person.

University Public Safety will gather all essential information about the University housing student from the reporting person(s) and from the student’s acquaintances (description, clothes last worn, where student might be, who student might be with, vehicle description, information about the physical/mental well-being of the student, an up-to-date photograph, class schedule, card access logs, dining records, video surveillance, etc.). Appropriate campus staff may be notified to aid in the search for the student.

No later than 24 hours after determining that a University housing student is missing, the Director of Residential Education or designee will notify the emergency contact (for students 18 and over) or the parent/guardian (for students under the age of 18) that the student is believed to be missing.

Possession of Weapons

Individuals are prohibited from possessing guns, ammunition, making of bullets for any kind of weapon or weapons including but not limited to: paint, air-soft, pellet guns, darts, squirt guns, bows and arrows, toy guns, Taser guns, large knives and swords on campus except under the following conditions:

  • out of sight and safety stored in the trunk of a car or locked utility box of a truck;
  • a sworn officer of the law as required by their duty to carry; and
  • resident students when checking in/out a gun, bow and arrows, or other weapons into the Security Storage lockers in the Residential Life Office in Centennial Hall 1110. See Residential Life: Health and Safety.

Tampering with Mechanical or Electrical Units

Students are prohibited from tampering with any mechanical or electrical units (such as surveillance cameras, computer, door locks, and security systems) on campus or on University property. The University reserves the right to call the Crookston Police Department.

Requests for Identification

Campus officials, in the performance of their duty, including authorized resident hall officials, have the authority to request identification from individuals on campus. Individuals who refuse to identify themselves or falsely identify themselves, are violating this policy. Non-students or individuals that cannot be identified as students will be asked to leave the campus. The Crookston Police Department may be called for assistance, if needed.

Reason for Policy

The various health and safety policies above are partly addressed by Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code (PDF), federal and state laws, local ordinances and UMC’s Residential Life policies. This campus-specific policy had been developed to clearly articulate details of these General Health and Safety polices on the UMC campus.


Primary Contact(s)T. Dale Scully218-281-8505[email protected]
Responsible Individuals
Policy Owner Primary Contact
  • Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • T. Dale Scully
    Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs


There are no procedures supporting this policy.

Other Information

There is no "Other Information" supporting this policy.

Policy History


July 2016