Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies

Reporting to University Police

Crime is a reality at the University of Montana, as it is on every college campus. Preventing crime is everyone's responsibility. Unreported crime is a criminal's greatest ally. If you suspect a criminal act has taken place, contact the University of Montana Police Department located in the Facility Services Building located just behind the Washington Grizzly football stadium or:

  • For emergencies call 911 or contact University Police at (406) 243-4000
  • For non-emergencies call (406) 243-6131
  • You may also report a crime online on the University of Montana Police Department website at http://www.umt.edu/police.

Missoula College 

Missoula College students and staff are instructed to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. Either UMPD or MPD will respond. When it is safe to do so, call UMPD to make a report of any crime that has occurred on campus.

For non-emergency cases, Missoula College students and staff are instructed to call UMPD for assistance.

Bitterroot College 

Bitterroot College students and staff are instructed to call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency. Either Hamilton Police Department or Ravalli County Sheriff's Office will respond. When it is safe to do so, call UMPD to make a report of any crime that has occured on campus. 

For non-emergencies, Bitterroot College student and staff are instructed to call UMPD for assistance.


Reporting Crime Statistics

The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to keep and report statistics of the following crimes:

  • Arson
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Stalking
  • Domestic Violence
  • Dating Violence
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Sex Offenses (rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape)
  • Negligent Manslaughter
  • Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter
For more information see Clery Crime Definitions.
Reporting Crimes to Authorities

Limited Voluntary, Confidential Reporting

If you are a victim of a crime and do not want to pursue administrative action through a University process such as through the Title IX Coordinator, the Dean of Students, or the offcampus criminal justice system, you may still want to consider reporting the crime to UMPD. Because criminal reports are public records under state law, UMPD cannot hold the fact that a crime has been reported in confidence. However, UMPD will not reveal a victim’s identity without a victim’s permission. The purpose of the confidential report is to comply with a victim’s desire to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine if there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Reporting to Other Campus Security Authorities

UM has designated staff members in the following positions as Campus Security Authorities. Crimes reported to anyone in any of these positions are included in the University’s annual disclosure of crime statistics. All crimes that are reported to one of these Campus Security Authorities are counted for the purpose of the crime statistics presented in the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, regardless of the final disposition or outcome of the case. 

Reports to Campus Security Authorities

Students, employees and visitors are encouraged to report crimes to UMPD. Students may also contact a Campus Security Authority for appropriate assistance in reporting crimes. Campus Security Authorities who receive reports of sexual misconduct are required to report the information to the campus Title IX Coordinator. The Title IX Coordinator will provide the fact of the report to UMPD for statistical purposes. For all other crime reports, Campus Security Authorities will inform UMPD and other University officials, as appropriate, such as the Dean of Students, to initiate any applicable investigative or other procedures. The responsibilities of Campus Security Authorities are separate from UM’s policy requiring mandatory employee reporting of sexual misconduct.