I want to take a moment to point out some of the emergency services available to students on our campus. It's pretty difficult to research your options when you're in the middle of a bad situation, so here are some things to know in advance.
Here's the University police web site http://www1.umn.edu/police/ It's a surprisingly great resource. You can file a report on-line, get crime alerts and statistics and more.
Always, the simplist thing to do is to call 911. If you call from a University phone, you'll be connected with the University police. If you call from a cell phone or other off-campus phone, you'll be connected with the right first responder for your location. On campus, there are emergency phones with blue lights. Use one if it's close by.
Boynton health service has information on its web site too http://www.bhs.umn.edu/ Click on "Location and Hours" for after-hours information. More details on after-hours assstance is on http://www.bhs.umn.edu/afterhours/index.htm If you're near Fairview University hospital, you can go to the emergency room. Just know that if you request urgent or emergency attention, the triage person will ask you for your health insurance card. I recommend you carry your card (or a photocopy of it) in your wallet at all times. Put it right beside your driver's license, cash card, and U-Card.
For sexual assault and domestic violence situations, you can contact the Aurora Center http://www1.umn.edu/aurora/ There's a 24-hour help line.
Other counseling is available at Boynton and at University Counseling and Consulting Services http://www.ucs.umn.edu/
I hope this will give you background information that might prove useful if something bad happens to you or one of your friends. Thinking in advance about what to do is a good idea.Posted by swans155 at October 30, 2006 9:05 AM