Archived Safety Alerts

February 7, 2017

University officials have received reports of individuals becoming ill after drinking in downtown bars. Those affected indicated concern that the drinks were drugged. This is a general reminder for our students to be aware of their surroundings, watch their drinks and watch out for each other. Several resources exist for students with safety issues or concerns, including UMPD, Curry Health Center Counseling, and the Student Advocacy Resource Center (SARC). The SARC 24-hour support line is 243-6559.

January 31, 2017

The current weather conditions are making roadways extremely slick and dangerous. Please reduce your driving speed significantly. When parking on roadways around campus, park as close to the curbs as possible. The plowed snow is reducing the width of the roadways. Connell, Eddy and Campus Drive are the bus route streets; please give as much room as possible so the buses can travel safely.

Please remember to park at least 20 feet from entrances to pedestrian walkways, parking lots and streets to ensure visibility and safety.

Thank you and be safe — Marty Ludemann, Chief of Police

November 2, 2016

UM officials have been notified by the Missoula Police Department of a report of an assault which occurred early this morning in the area of University Villages housing near the UM Golf Course. The victim is safe. Missoula PD is investigating leads. More information will be available here. Campus safety information and resources are available on the Campus Safety website.

11/4/16 update: Missoula Police continue to investigate this report of an assault. There is no new information available at this time.

11/22/16 update: The Missoula Police Department has concluded its investigation and has found no evidence to confirm that a crime was committed.

October 19, 2016

The University is aware of a report of non-stranger sexual assault that occurred in UM residence halls. Residence hall students are encouraged to be alert regarding non-resident visitors in the residence halls. Campus safety information and resources are available on the Campus Safety website; additional student support resources include SARC (406-243-6559), Curry Health Center Counseling Services (406-243-4711), UM Police emergency (406-243-4000 or 911), and UM Police non-emergency (406-243-6131). The University will release more information as it becomes available.

September 15, 2016

Missoula County Health Department has confirmed an off-campus case of Hepatitis A in Missoula. Individuals may have been exposed to HAV if they consumed food from the self-serve salad bar of the Good Food Store between August 15 and September 13, 2016. See the Missoula City-County Health Department news release for more information.

June 11, 2016

Missoula Fire Department and University Police responded to a structure fire in University Villages at 2:47 p.m. today. The fire was quickly extinguished. No people were harmed. Fire officials are currently investigating the cause.

September 12, 2015

Early this morning a male entered a house in the University district and committed a sexual assault. Missoula Police are investigating. Please take appropriate safety precautions and contact UMPD at 243-4000 or Missoula PD at 552-6300 with any information.

August 26, 2015 – Extreme Fire Danger Notice

Due to the extreme fire condition in Missoula County, the following activities are prohibited until further notice:

  • Smoking on any campus property or M trail
  • Building, maintaining, attending or using fire or campfire

Remember that camping and the use of fireworks are prohibited year round on city property. These restrictions will remain in effect until there is a significant long term change in fire danger. Thank you for your help in keeping our community safe.

– Marty Ludemann, Chief of Police

March 10, 2014

Due to rocks and snow sliding off Mount Sentinel, do not park on the east side of Campus Drive next to the mountain. The M trail is closed until further notice.

3:49 p.m. update: After an inspection by a geologist, the M Trail and Campus Drive have been reopened at the University of Montana. They had been closed by a rock fall. Some parking near the mountain may still be cordoned off.

March 6, 2014

Avalanche danger has subsided and Mount Sentinel is now open to foot traffic, including the M trail. Mount Jumbo remains closed.

March 3, 2014

Due to considerable avalanche danger, please stay off Mount Sentinel and the trailhead area.

February 28, 2014

9:12 p.m. update: Due to high avalanche danger, please stay off Mount Sentinel and the trailhead area.

5:25 p.m. update: UM campuses remain closed tonight except for the Harlem Globetrotters performance. Normal campus activities are scheduled to resume Saturday morning at 10, including any activities at Missoula and Bitterroot Colleges. We are planning normal hours of operation after the 10 a.m. opening. Please stay off campus if possible, as crews are working hard to clear all parking lots, roads and sidewalks. ASUM's UDASH Gold Line service is expected to resume Saturday night at 7:05. The men's basketball game against Southern Utah is on schedule.

Due to winter conditions, University of Montana, Missoula College and Bitterroot College classes are canceled. All but essential staff should stay home.

  • The Harlem Globetrotters event at the Adams Center will still go on.
  • All other evening events, including the President's Lecture Series, are canceled.
  • The UC will close at 2 p.m. today.
  • The Food Zoo will remain open for its normal hours.
  • ASUM bus service is canceled for the remainder of the day.

If you are off campus, please stay home. The Mountain Campus is closed to all but these essential services: Food Zoo, University Center, Public Safety, and Curry Health Center for student emergencies only. Missoula College and Bitterroot College are also closed.

All residence halls have been locked for the day but area desks are open and staffed by students. Students in residence halls, University Village and Lewis & Clark can call the duty phones if they have an emergency. Any questions students have about their class work shold be sent to the course instructor.

Employees with questions about reporting to work should contact their supervisor.

If you need help, call 9-1-1 or University Police at 243-4000.

February 26, 2014

Current status of previous alerts:

  • Kevin Briggs was arrested Friday, Feb. 21. in Portland, Ore., and charged with attempted sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, assault on a peace officer and escape.
  • The suspect in the Feb. 6 robberies is still at large. Please contact law enforcement with any information.

February 6, 2014

Update: Suspect still at large. Please contact law enforcement with any information.

1:13 p.m. Campus lockdown has ended. The suspect is still at large, but there is no evidence that he is in the immediate area. Please stay alert and read the following description of the suspect.

Description: White male, 5'5" to 5'7" with slim to medium build, young sounding voice (possible late teens/early twenties), brown hair, dark thick eyebrows, black sunglasses with black frames, light colored (possible white described as checkered) bandana, dark hoodie, black gloves, holding in right hand a black full-sized semi-automatic pistol, blue jeans, dark-colored shoes (white socks), holding white plastic bag in his left hand.

Please stay alert and call 9-1-1 to report any suspect sightings.

Classes and activities have resumed.

12:49 p.m. Campus lockdown has ended. Suspect still at large but no evidence in the area. Stay alert. Classes and activities will resume immediately.

12:22 p.m. Lockdown still in place. If you are in need of medical assistance or other emergency, call University Police at 243-4000.

11:51 a.m. Campus is still in lockdown, active search in progress. Updates forthcoming as conditions develop.

10:45 a.m. Stay in place. Do not move around. Stay in buildings behind locked door. Do not come to campus.

10:43 a.m. Classes canceled. Stay in place behind a locked door until further all clear message.

10:20 a.m. Shelter in place. Lock your doors and stay inside. Stay put and stay in your current classrooms and offices.

9:58 a.m. Two armed robberies north of the footbridge. Stay clear of the area.

February 5, 2014

Update: Briggs was arrested Friday, Feb. 21, in Portland, Ore.

3:45 p.m. Bozeman police have reported that Kevin Briggs, a suspect in a weekend assault and rape case and who escaped, might be in Missoula. UM and Missoula law enforcement ask you to be on the lookout for him. Description: age 28, 5 feet 5 inches tall, medium build, 150 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes. Bozeman police say Briggs also has gone by these names: Amiee Macintire, James Zenon Meismer.

Briggs was reported to have been on probation. He was reported to have been convicted for kidnapping and raping a girl in Helena in early 2003, and convicted of escape in Lewis and Clark County in 2003 and in Powell County in 2004.

Call University Police at 243-4000 or 9-1-1 if you have information about him.

Briggs description