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Feb. 2, 2023

MSU awarded a second accreditation term in emergency management

University remains the only school in Michigan and Big Ten to receive designation

Michigan State University has officially been granted a second accreditation term from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program, or EMAP. MSU is the only university in Michigan and the Big Ten Conference to receive accreditation. It is the third institution nationwide to receive a second term. 

EMAP is an independent non-profit organization that fosters excellence and accountability in emergency management programs by establishing credible standards applied in a peer reviewed accreditation process. MSU’s Department of Police and Public Safety Emergency Management Division led the initial effort to earn accreditation in emergency management in October 2017, making MSU the fifth university in the world to achieve that distinction. This reaccreditation is active for five years. 

“Effectively planning for natural disasters, hazards and emergencies requires collaboration and support from many stakeholders across the university,” said Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “MSU is the only institution in the Big Ten and the only Michigan college campus to have this independent stamp of approval on our efforts to keep campus safe. As we continue to commit ourselves to furthering a safe campus for all, this accreditation validates we are on the right path.” 

MSU’s emergency management program, which is coordinated by MSU’s Emergency Management Advisory Committee, incorporates resilience planning, training and programs to better prepare MSU for any hazards that may impact the institution, including weather emergencies, active violence incidents, natural disasters and more. 

“The hard work from our Emergency Management Division and partners across the university made this reaccreditation possible,” said Marlon Lynch, vice president for public safety and chief of police. “MSU is truly a leader in all fields of emergency management, and we are proud of the effort put forward.” 

EMAP’s vision is to create capable and resilient communities through measurable standards of excellence. Learn more about the program here.

MSU DPPS is always available by calling (517) 355-2221 for nonemergencies or 911 for emergencies.  

By: Dana Whyte

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