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Security tightened at U of M health science buildings after recent needle attack

A student was stabbed with a hypodermic needle at Diehl Hall in October.
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Security changes at University of Minnesota health sciences buildings have gone into effect on Monday, following a recent spike in security incidents that includes a student being assaulted with a needle.

Public access to health sciences buildings on the East Bank campus has been reduced to just three public entrances that are manned by front desk security staff: on the second floor of the Moos Tower at Washington, the third floor of Moos at Delaware Circle, and the second floor of the Mayo Building at Church Street.

Members of the public will only be permitted in the buildings "by appointment only" between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., and there will be no weekend access.

"Anyone without an appointment will be required to show a reason to be in the building," the U says.

Students and faculty can use their U card to access any of 30-plus entry doors across 12 health sciences buildings between 6 a.m. and midnight.

Staff and faculty will be required to wear their U Card when in the buildings "so students and visitors see the presence of the community,", and students are being encouraged to wear theirs too, though it's not required.

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The MN Daily reports that between January and September, there have been more than 200 trespassing-related incidents in U ofM campus buildings.

And in late October, there was an incident at one of the health sciences buildings, Diehl Hall, in which a student was stabbed by someone wielding a hypodermic needle.

The student was studying in the medical library at Diehl Hall when it happened, per a safety alert from the U.

KSTP reports that the 28-year-old suspect was arrested after being found wielding a long knife at the East Bank Light Rail Station, where he was tasered before being taken into custody.

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