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The latest activities toward strengthening security and safety on the East Lansing campus are detailed below. Additional safety tips are available from the Department of Police and public Safety.

The MSU community is encouraged to log on to to review and update their notification preferences as well as to download the SafeMSU app and enable push notifications.


Active violence response training

An Active Violence Incident, or AVI, Awareness training course is available and strongly recommended for all students, faculty and staff. It can be accessed on MSU’s Ability Training platform. You can access the AVI Awareness training by logging in with your MSU NetID and password. Once logged in, click the Launch button to begin the course.

We understand that this training may be difficult for some to complete following the violence our community experienced. Keeping this in mind, community members are encouraged to complete it on their own time, at the time that works best for them.

In addition to the online training, MSU police still offer in-person training for students, faculty and staff. To request in-person training, please visit the MSU DPPS website.

Door locks

Infrastructure Planning and Facilities is working with DPPS to identify the classrooms and teaching lab spaces in need of new door locks. As of the conclusion of the fall 2023 semester, lock installation is 65% complete.

The new locks allow those inside the room to lock the door while still permitting emergency personnel to enter. Those inside the room will always have the ability to leave even when a door is locked. Faculty, students and staff should only engage the locks during an emergency presenting an active threat.

Larger auditorium-style classrooms with multiple entrances and exits are receiving locks engaged with a lockdown button. Doors with this feature will automatically lock when the button is pushed and all the doors are closed. Pushing the button will also immediately notify emergency personnel. Directions for use are posted next to the button.

All other academic spaces are receiving new door handles with a thumb-turn lock on the inside of the door. This feature includes clear identification for if the door is locked or unlocked.

New locks are not being installed in office spaces as most already can be locked with a key or via a toggle on the door edge.


Green sign on wall with white text: Emergency only! Push button to lock doors and alert police; call or text 911 for emergency help.; Wooden door with handle and thumb lock showing unlocked in white text on a green background.; Wooden door with handle and thumb lock showing locked in white text on a red background.


Campus building hours

Effective March 13, 2023, most buildings on the East Lansing campus now require key card access daily between 6 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. Current students, faculty and staff have access to public buildings excluding student living spaces.


Third-party after-action review

Security Risk Management Consultants completed an independent review of MSU’s response. The 25-page report details the firm’s findings and recommendations to strengthen campus safety and security, as well as bolster future responses to emergency events.


Security Operations Center

The center, operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, is currently in an interim space while the final location is renovated based on recommendations from an external consultant. Additional full-time employees have been hired and trained to staff the center.

As part of this, MSU is expanding its camera network of more than 2,000 cameras with additional cameras throughout campus, including academic buildings and Green Light phones already on campus, to provide adequate monitoring coverage.


Emergency alerts

The SafeMSU app now includes emergency alert push notifications for users who have the app downloaded on their smart devises. Starting in summer 2024, the university will begin automatically enrolling phone numbers into the MSU Alert system. Additionally, the East Lansing campus outdoor sirens include tone-based alerts and desk phones managed by MSU IT will play audible alerts during threats of active violence.

As an added measure, the university has partnered with the Ingham County Office of Emergency Management to access the state Wireless Emergency Alerts if needed.