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Phone: 1-906-635-2100
Office Hours: 24 Hours
Location: Administration Building

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September 9, 2014

You may have heard rumors about a sexual assault that is alleged to have taken place off-campus recently. While this possibility is being investigated, we want to remind you how to keep yourself safe.

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Always travel with a friend.
  • Trust your intuition. If a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative.
  • Avoid overconsumption of alcohol, which can cause you to have less control over your actions and observations, and can make some people dangerous to be around.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can report it to many people, including the LSSU Public Safety Dept., the police, or any LSSU employee. Contact the LSSU Counseling Center or the Diane Peppler Resource Center, where counselors will treat your report with confidentiality and will help you decide what to do next.

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March 16, 2012 Follow-up

Violent events throughout the world today have changed the way college campuses respond to threats of public safety. Today, when a possible threat is discovered, our Public Safety Dept. will quickly assess the situation and, if necessary, respond as if it was a matter of life and death.

Consequently, buildings or parts of campus may have the outside door(s) locked to prevent unauthorized persons from entering while a threat is being investigated, even if there is a good chance that the threat is just a rumor. While this may be an inconvenience for many of us, we believe it is better to err on the side of caution.

In the event of a confirmed emergency or threat, we will immediately announce it on our campus alert system through Nixle, as well as through our website. You can get these alerts delivered to your cell phone. Sign up for the free service at or just text "LSSU" to 888777.

As always, please call Public Safety at (906) 635-2100 with any questions you may have.

February 1, 2012

Please be alert to any suspicious activity or persons in Crawford Hall.  Public Safety and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Department are investigating a theft of considerable value from Crawford Hall. Within the last week nine laptops were taken at a value of over $10,000. If you have any information which may be helpful in the investigation please contact Public Safety at ext. 2100 or (906) 635-2100.

There have also been thefts from other locations on campus as well, some from areas that should have been locked when persons were not in the area.

In all locations on campus please make sure equipment is secured and classrooms/labs with equipment are locked when unoccupied. In your office if you are leaving even for a few minutes lock your door. Do not leave lap tops, briefcases, purses or other valuables unattended; all are easy targets.

Please be alert to any suspicious activity or persons, contact Campus Public Safety immediately at (906) 635-2100.

Other Useful Tips

  • Record the serial numbers, brand names and descriptions of property or valuables that are kept in your office. Keep a duplicate copy of this information and a photo of the item in a safe location. It can be used later to recover stolen property.
  • Ask strangers in your office to identify themselves.
  • When leaving your dorm room, home, or office, lock doors and windows even if you will be gone for "just a minute."
  • Never leave your purse, wallet, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be especially careful with your credit cards, credit cards are very popular items among thieves because they are usually easy to steal and then use again. Consider obtaining a credit card with your photo imprinted on it.
  • Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft. Consider the purchase of a locking security or tracking device.
  • Keep a list of all items and serial numbers in a safe place.
  • Never prop open a locked door.

If you see something out of the ordinary, immediately call Public Safety at Ext. 2100 to report the situation.

December 15, 2011

Crimes, fires and other hazards are present in any community and do occur on the campus of Lake Superior State University. However, if you are prepared, you can help protect yourself and others. If precautions are taken, many incidents can be prevented.

You can greatly reduce the opportunity for crime and increase the likelihood of the apprehension of those committing crimes by locking your office door whenever you leave, keeping valuables out of sight, reporting problems with doors, windows, alarms, and other security measures, being aware of your surroundings at all times and reporting suspicious activity immediately. Together we can reduce crime on campus and provide a safer more secure environment in which to work, study and have fun.

  • Keep your office locked even if you just step out for a minute.
  • Don’t leave valuables in plain view.
  • Don’t leave valuables or cash in your office when you are not there.
  • Consider taking your laptop home with you.
  • Report suspicious activity immediately.
  • If the building is locked, don’t let someone you don’t know into the building.
  • Don’t become so absorbed in what you are doing that you don’t notice the activity around you.
  • Hang up immediately on harassing/obscene phone calls.
  • If you are working late, call LSSU Public Safety at ext. 2100 for an escort to your vehicle.

During this time of year when holiday packages or other valuable items are left in your vehicle in plain view it could be an invitation for theft.

  • Don’t leave valuables in plain site, lock them in the trunk and when you arrive at home take them inside with you.
  • Lock your vehicle when you leave it.
  • Park in areas where the lighting is good.
  • Report any suspicious activity as soon as you notice it.
  • Do not leave keys in ignition and vehicle running and unattended.

November 2, 2010

LSSU Public Safety has just been advised that the person thought to be responsible for issuing threats to police and LSSU in general on Sunday, Oct. 31, was detained by police today.

As announced on Monday, Nov. 1, LSSU Public Safety received a call from the Sault Ste. Marie Police Dept. on Sunday, Oct. 31, when police said they were investigating a report of a student making threats to police and LSSU in general. The Sault Police and LSSU Public Safety conducted a search of campus buildings for the student, who lived off campus and hadn't been attending classes recently.

Rumors have been circulating, but the campus was not "locked down," and classes were and are being held as scheduled. Had there been specific threats or perceived immediate danger to students or employees, the university would have taken a more aggressive response.

LSSU students and employees are reminded of a free service that will notify you of emergencies through Nixle. When there is an emergency on campus, or if the campus is closed due to weather or some other reason, Nixle sends a text message to your cell phone. Find out more at

If you need more information, please contact LSSU Public Safety, 635-2100, or LSSU Campus Life, 635-2236.

November 1, 2010

On Sunday, Oct. 31, LSSU Public Safety received a call from the Sault Ste. Marie Police Dept., which said that it was investigating a report of a student making threats to police and LSSU in general. The Sault Police Department came to campus to assist LSSU Public Safety with searching campus buildings for the student in question.

Since then, LSSU Public Safety has been receiving calls from concerned students and parents. People are asking if the campus was "locked down" on Sunday night. While resident assistants in Brady and Osborn Halls did make the decision to lock their outside doors earlier than they normally would on Sunday night, residents were not told to stay in their rooms and were able to come and go as they pleased.

Today, Public Safety has increased patrols as a precautionary measure. The Sault Police Dept. would like to interview the student and have asked other agencies to contact them if they see him. The student lived off campus and has not been attending classes recently at LSSU. Had there been specific threats or perceived immediate danger to students or employees, the university would have taken a more aggressive response. LSSU is not locked down, and classes are being held as they normally would be.

If you need more information, please contact LSSU Public Safety, 635-2100, or LSSU Campus Life, 635-2236.


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