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UMPD urges students to 'Step Up' during annual 'Coffee and Donuts with the Cops' event

University safety effort promotes "active bystanders" who effectively intervene in dangerous situations

April 1, 2013

Media note: Media interested in covering should arrive early as donuts go quickly. U President Eric Kaler will participate from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3.

What:        University of Minnesota Police and leaders – including U President Eric Kaler – to hand out donuts, coffee and safety information.
When:       7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4
Where:      Tuesday, April 2: U of M West Bank Skyway, 219 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis
Wednesday, April 3: U of M East Bank, Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis
Thursday, April 4: U of M St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave., St. Paul

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/01/2013) – The first step in saving lives is often just that – a step in to intervene. The annual "Coffee and Donuts with the Cops" event is a way for University of Minnesota Police, university leaders and students to come together in the spirit of a safe and engaged campus environment.

Students will have opportunities to share coffee and donuts from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4 at three locations on the Twin Cities campus.

Vice President of University Services Pam Wheelock will join the UMPD in its efforts Tuesday in the West Bank Skyway. President Eric Kaler will lend his support Wednesday from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at Coffman Union. The week’s events will wrap up Thursday, with police handing out donuts inside the St. Paul Student Center.

"We all share responsibility to create a safe environment," said Greg Hestness, chief of the University of Minnesota Police Department and assistant vice president for public safety. "A critical component of public safety is public awareness – the ability to notice an event, interpret it as a problem and assume personable responsibility, and the knowledge to intervene and help effectively."

The goals of the university’s "Step Up" campaign are twofold: To give people the ability to recognize events where they should step up and to provide the skills necessary to effectively intervene. The initiative encompasses emergency and non-emergency situations in the areas of sexual violence prevention, alcohol abuse prevention, campus safety and mental health. It encourages an environment in which "Gophers are active bystanders."

"Step Up" is a joint initiative of the university’s Office for Student Affairs, Aurora Center and Boynton Health Services. For more information visit

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