Safety Tips

Wherever You Live Using Elevators
In Residence Halls When Driving
Report Unauthorized Solicitors Harassing/Obscene Phone Calls
Be Safe on Campus If You Sense a Potential Threat
Walking Alone In Case of Fire

Wherever You Live

  • Keep police and emergency numbers near your telephone.
  • Lock all doors and windows whenever you leave. Take your keys with you, even if you are just going "down the hall" to the bathroom, showers, or lounge or if you plan to leave for only a short while.
  • Keep all doors and windows locked whenever possible, especially when sleeping.
  • Do not lend your keys to service people or anyone whom you do not know well or trust.
  • Do not attach your name and/or address to your key chain.
  • Always identify visitors by asking for identification before you let them in. Do not rely on a chain lock to prevent entry; it is not sufficient protection.
  • If a stranger asks to use your telephone, do not open your door. Instead, offer to call for emergency assistance for him/her.
  • Always carry identification with you.
  • Report any suspicious or unusual activities immediately to the Office of Public Safety at Ext. 6111.

In Residence Halls

  • Do not prop open residence hall exit doors.
  • Meet visitors and delivery people at the main lobby door.
  • Do not allow strangers to enter your room/apartment unless they are properly identified. If a stranger does enter, demand that he/she leave. If he/she refuses, create a commotion and leave quickly.
  • Don't keep large sums of money, jewelry, or other valuable items in your room/apartment. Store valuables elsewhere when the college closes for break.
  • If you are accosted in a hallway or public area of a residence hall and feel you are in danger, create a commotion and attempt to contact the Office of Public Safety at Ext. 6111.

Report Unauthorized Solicitors

  • Report unauthorized solicitors in the residence hall to the Office of Public Safety at Ext. 6111. Solicitation is not allowed without a permit, and no one is permitted to sell anything door-to-door on campus. If you suspect someone of being an unauthorized solicitor, call Ext. 6111 immediately. Do not confront him/her.
  • Report any suspicious or unusual activities immediately to the Office of Public Safety.

Be Safe on Campus

  • Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas. If you are followed or see suspicious activity, move to a lighted area or create a commotion. Contact the Office of Public Safety at Ext. 6111.
  • Avoid walking alone at night, if at all possible. Call the Office of Public Safety for an escort or have a friend escort you.
  • Avoid jogging alone, day or night.
  • Don't hitchhike, day or night.
  • Dress in clothes and shoes that will allow you to move quickly.
  • Tuck gold chains and other jewelry inside your clothing.
  • If you carry a purse, briefcase, or backpack, keep only a small amount of cash in it. If possible, do not carry a purse.
  • Carry keys, identification, and anything else of value on your person.
  • Carry a noise-making device, such as a whistle, and have it ready to use.
  • Be alert, observant, and aware of your surroundings and other people on the street with you.

Walking Alone

  • Use well-traveled routes.
  • Be aware of what is going on around you.
  • Walk purposefully and briskly.
  • Walk in the center of the sidewalk, away from buildings, doorways, hedges, and parked cars.
  • When possible, walk on the side of the street facing oncoming traffic. If you are walking with traffic and a car going in the same direction pulls up next to you, reverse your direction.
  • Avoid traveling the same route every day.
  • If a stranger tries to engage you in a conversation, use discretion before stopping to talk. It is a good idea to say that you are in a hurry to meet someone.
  • Have a key to your residence ready as you approach your residence hall.
  • If you are dropped off by a taxi or automobile, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.

Using Elevators

  • Avoid entering an elevator occupied by a suspicious or intoxicated-looking stranger.
  • If someone in the elevator makes you feel uneasy, get off at the next floor.
  • If you are accosted in an elevator, hit the alarm button and as many floor buttons as possible.
  • Do not attempt to pry open the doors, tamper with the control panel, or overload the car.

When Driving

  • Have your key ready when you approach your vehicle and check to make sure no one is hiding inside.
  • Drive on well-traveled streets.
  • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • Keep your car in gear while it is stopped.
  • Keep all doors and windows locked.
  • Park in well-lighted, designated parking areas.
  • Keep valuables in your vehicle out of sight.
  • Keep change in your car for emergency telephone calls or carry a cellular phone.
  • If you are deliberately forced to stop your vehicle, lock the doors, roll up the windows, and sound the horn for help. If you are followed or harassed by someone in another vehicle, drive to a police department, fire station, or open business and seek help. Do not drive into your driveway or park in deserted area.
  • If you are followed as your turn into your driveway at night, stay in your car with the doors locked until you identify the occupants of the other car. Sound the horn to get the attention of your neighbors.
  • If your car breaks down, raise the hood and then stay inside with the doors locked. If someone stops to help, do not open your windows or door or accept a ride. Ask them to call for assistance.
  • If you see a parked car requiring assistance, do not stop. Go to a telephone and call for aid.
  • Keep an aerosol tire inflator in your car for emergencies.

Harassing/Obscene Phone Calls

  • The best response to an obscene phone call is to hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call. Don't try to find out who the call is from - even if you think the caller is just a friend playing a joke.
  • If calls occur repeatedly, keep a log in which you record the date and time each call is received, exactly what the caller said, what you said, and a description of the voice (young, old, hoarse, accent, background noises, etc.). To report an obscene or harassing phone call to the police, dial the Office of Public Safety at Ext. 6111.

If You Sense a Potential Threat

  • Assess the situation, then take action.
  • Move away from the potential threat. You will have to decide how immediate the threat is and how drastic your action should be.
  • Join any group of people nearby. If no one is nearby, cross the street and increase your pace.
  • Go to a well-lighted public place and call the police immediately.
  • If you believe a threat is imminent and you see people nearby to help you, yell, scream, or create a commotion in any way you can.
  • If you see someone else in trouble, call the Office of Public Safety at Ext. 6111.
  • After you have avoided a threatening situation, call the Office of Public Safety immediately and report the details:
    • Describe the suspect's appearance: clothing, height, weight, skin coloring, scars, or marks.
    • Describe where the incident took place.
    • If the suspect was on a bicycle or in a car, describe the vehicle, license plate, and direction of escape.