Campus Safety Tips

  1. Get to know the campus safety office. Use the red emergency phone stations on campus if you feel unsafe and need somebody to escort you.
  2. Take precautions after dark. Do not walk by yourself. Use the buddy system. Always pay attention to people and the environment around you. Do not look at your phone when walking. Park in a well-lit area.
  3. Keep things on lockdown. If you live on the first floor, close and lock your windows. Keep your blinds and curtains closed at night. Secure your electronics when feasible and keep your valuables in a safe place. Protect your passwords and PINs.
  4. Be smart on social media. Don’t geotag your photos, because it reveals your location to strangers. Don’t announce when you are home alone or when you are going on vacation. Don’t stay logged in on social media accounts as that leaves you vulnerable to hackers.
  5. Be careful getting into your car. Have your keys ready before you reach your vehicle. You don’t want to be looking for them if somebody is following you. Don’t leave valuables in your car.
  6. Have a plan. Know where you need to go beforehand. Don’t use headphones so you can hear what is going on around you. Walk with confidence and avoid looking confused.
  7. Learn how to defend yourself. Don’t ignore something that gives you reason to be suspicious. Keep personal boundaries in mind. If a situation makes you uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to tell someone. Ask or yell for help if you don’t think you can defend yourself without assistance.
  8. Protect yourself from potential danger. Flee to safety. If you can’t, find a hiding place and secure the door.