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Promoting Safety

What can students do to promote safety?

Exercise caution with regard to having photos and personal information disseminated in campus publications. Students have been “targeted” through the use of this information. Survey the campus and adjacent areas. Determine and use the safest routes between your residence, work, classes and activity locations. Are emergency telephones available? Are walkways frequently traveled or somewhat isolated? Are parking lots well lit and patrolled frequently? If you need to seek help quickly, are there places nearby where people tend to congregate?

Whether in person or on the Internet, know who you are befriending. Do not disclose personal information or place yourself in a vulnerable situation until you know people and know them well!

Create a "buddy" system by sharing your schedule with parents, roommates and close friends. Advise your roommate or leave a timed and dated note if you intend to change your normal schedule, particularly if you will not be returning in the evening. Give a network list of telephone numbers to your parents, academic advisor and friends. Travel in groups or use a shuttle service after daylight hours. Avoid short-cuts and walking alone.

Do not loan your keys or access cards to anyone. Promptly have locks changed or reprogrammed if your key or access card is lost or stolen. Always keep doors and windows locked.

Never leave your valuable possessions (e.g. identification, wallets, checks, jewelry, credit cards) in open view.

If your telephone has a speed dialer, program it with emergency numbers that include family and close friends.

Learn basic escape techniques and occasionally practice them to maintain proficiency.

Promptly report suspicious activities or unlawful conduct.

If you've moved into a new apartment nearby the school, carefully evaluate your neighborhood. Do you feel comfortable in the building, with the neighbors and the neighborhood? Is the building well-maintained? Is the building owner or manager responsive to questions and needs?

Please take a moment and visit the following site: http://www.securityoncampus.org/