News and Perspectives


Editorial: Student engagement initiative for UMPD should be applauded

Thursday, February 8, 2018

One of the newest MSA initiatives aims to create a University of Minnesota Police Department Student Engagement team. An email was sent to the student body, outlining the team's goal of creating an outlet for student feedback and concerns to be heard by the UMPD and addressed swiftly and sufficiently. The email asked for students to apply to become board members, specifically students in minority groups on campus who can represent underrepresented communities at the University.


Letter: UMPD timely warning guilty of racial profiling

Thursday, February 8, 2018

“We apologize for the confusion.”

On Tuesday, the University sent out a timely warning to everyone on campus regarding someone who was assaulted with a bottle at the Mayo Building. Police described the suspect, detailing what he looked like, including his hair, clothing and height. They also identified his race. 

They identified a young man who appeared to fit the description of a “black male with shoulder length dread locks” and sent out this innocent man’s picture to the entire campus. 

News and Information

MSA looks to improve student relationships with UMPD

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Minnesota Student Association wants to help facilitate discussions between the University of Minnesota Police Department and students by establishing a student-led engagement team. 

MSA is currently looking for students to sit on the engagement team, which will launch its pilot in February. The team, which has been in the works for the past few years, would address minority and LGBT student issues as they relate to campus policing, said MSA President Trish Palermo.

News and Information

MSA passes immigration policy change

Thursday, February 8, 2018

To protect students who may be impacted by immigration policy changes, the Minnesota Student Association at the University of Minnesota passed a resolution Tuesday to advocate for their education.

An MSA forum held on Feb. 6 featured a vote in favor of amending the University’s leave of absence policy and adding a long-distance learning standard in case students are removed due to their immigration status. The new policy imitates the University’s leave policy for active-duty students serving in the military.


Like Us on Facebook

News Stories about Campus Climate

An archive of news and stories about campus climate, locally and nationally. View the list here.


If you have news or events to submit or are interested in writing a personal perspective story, contact

Commenting Policy

We invite comments and respectful dialogue. Content will be moderated to comply with this standard.


"Perspectives" stories are the views and opinions of their authors and do not necessarily reflect any official position of the University of Minnesota.