Michigan State University Police and Public Safety has the sole responsibility for providing police and security functions on the campus of MSU. This means that groups or organizations may not contract with any off-campus agency for policing, parking, or security of events held on campus. Police and security needs must be discussed with MSU DPPS and if it is determined that a need exists, MSU DPPS will provide the resources. This often incurs a cost to the organization; however, there are some opportunities for officers to be assigned at a student function without charge to the organization.
The Security Services Division coordinates and assists with planning for any special event on campus that involves resources from MSU DPPS. Currently, special events across campus that request MSU DPPS resources have increased to more than 1,300 events per year.
Many factors determine the need for security or police services. MSU DPPS works with the related organization to make sure the event is as safe and secure as possible, at the lowest possible cost. Determining security needs is done in consultation with the venue managers prior to making a final decision on police and security staffing levels. MSU DPPS works closely with Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF), which also provides information to assist with event planning.
Below are potential factors used to determine security needs: