Personal Safety on Campus

  • Be alert and walk purposefully.  Confidence may deter attackers.
  • Carry a personal alarm or cell, or be prepared to scream "NO!" loudly and get away if threatened.
  • Avoid isolated or poorly lit places, especially at night.  Walk with a friend, stay with a crowd.  Call University Police to assist with monitoring your progress as you walk across campus.
  • Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars, asking directions.  BE WILLING TO APPEAR IMPOLITE TO KEEP STRANGERS AT A SAFE DISTANCE.  Yell if necessary.
  • If someone follows you, go to a place where there are other people.
  • Respect your intuition.  Do not allow rationality to override your "sixth-sense"---it could protect you from danger.
  • Take a self-defense course like RAPE AGGRESSION DEFENSE SYSTEM on campus through University Police
  • When you are socializing, play it smart.  One drink too many could make you vulnerable.  Know your limits and know what you are drinking.  Watch your drink to insure something is not slipped into your drink, cigarette of food that can make you vulnerable.

See Also:

Personal Safety Report

Residence Hall Security