New Security Measures for U of M Homecoming

Updated: 09/24/2013 6:57 AM By: Todd Wilson

This will be a week of celebrations on the University of Minnesota campus and it's raising some concerns about safety.

The worries come after a student fell from a fraternity house balcony over the weekend. And in an unrelated case, a young woman visiting a friend died after falling from a dorm window earlier this month.

"Unfortunately accidents happen. We've had two of them in relatively close proximity and as I said, we try to communicate to our young people," U of M President Eric Kaler said.

We caught up with President Kaler after the Goldy Gopher day proclamation ceremony on campus unveiling a new statue of the beloved mascot. He says, during this year's homecoming the school is redoubling its communication to students about being safe and making good decisions.

"We use everyway we can think of text , email. We asked resident associates in the dormitories to communicate to their folks," he said.

University police will meet with students on campus Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning for its twice yearly "Coffee and Donuts with Cops". They will discuss important personal safety tips and share information regarding the many campus resources available.

They will reinforce the importance of traveling in groups at night and being aware of their surroundings.

The number of officers on patrol for the Friday night homecoming parade and concert, plus Saturday's homecoming game will also be increased. officers will also staff a few other smaller homecoming events, such as Wednesday night's lip-sync/step competition at Ted Mann Concert Hall.

Overall most students KSTP's Todd Wilson spoke with say, they feel safe on campus.

"I do feel safe. There's a lot of services around that will walk you home at night and we have Gopher Chauffer that will drive you home as well," Alyssa Kong said.