A few tips on being safe while on Campus:
- Lock your residence hall room door at all times. Even though you know everyone on your floor and you’re only going to be away for a few minutes, you can’t control guests and visitors walking the hallways. The same goes for off-campus residences. You never know who might make their way into your neighborhood.
- Ask who is at your door before opening it. The residence hall community does not have to be as informal as you think.
- Walk with a friend late at night. Avoid unlit areas. Walk with your head up and move with confidence.
- Be smart about your use of alcohol and other drugs. Being under the influence makes it difficult for you to think and react quickly.
- Get to know your University Police Officers. Then you won’t be so hesitant to call for help. We are all members of the campus community.
- Be careful about the information you choose to share online. Before posting your information, think about how an unscrupulous person might use your information.
- Don’t advertise your whereabouts. Posting your schedule on your door or online is not a good idea. If you need people to know where you are, make phone calls or email them directly. If someone else needs to find you, they’ll call.
- When traveling or when you expect to be away from your room for more than a day, it is a good idea to let your Resident Assistant or parents know, in case an emergency arises.
- Keep your vehicle locked, and store valuables out of site. Be cautious and aware when approaching your car late at night. Have your keys in hand. They allow you quick entry and can serve as a defensive weapon if attacked.
- Do not share your credit/debit card or PIN with anyone. Don’t keep your PIN with your cards.