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Campus Safety Tips

In general:

Young women aren't responsible for having unsafe actions done to them, but it is helpful to reduce risks by continuing to learn and practice behaviors for safety. Even if you have heard these tips before, reviewing them again is a good idea. This is also information you can share with your friends.

General tips:

  • Program your cellular phone with emergency numbers.

    In your dorm/apartment:

  • Make sure all windows and doors lock securely. Keep entrances well lit using high wattage bulbs.

  • Don't let a stranger in while you're alone. Even if they say there is an emergency, offer to make an emergency phone call while the person waits outside.

  • Get to know your neighbors. You can turn to them if you're concerned about your safety.

    While walking on campus

  • Before you start, evaluate if you feel comfortable walking. If you feel uncomfortable or even doubt, remember that campus police at most schools have an escort service which is a great resource to call upon.

  • Always be alert to your surroundings.

  • Walk confidently at a steady pace.

  • Remain in the most populated and lighted areas.

  • Walk close to the curb-away from the houses, alleys and bushes.

  • Walk with others especially at night.

  • Be aware of people who stop you for directions. Always keep your distance and realize that you don't have to respond.

  • If you are in trouble, scream or attract attention in anyway you can. You can always scream, "Fire!"

    While driving:

  • Keep a cellular phone with you if possible.

  • Keep your car in good working order.

  • Drive with the doors locked.

  • It's helpful if you belong to an automobile/motor club in case you breakdown.

  • Keep the gas tank at least half full.

  • If you get a flat tire, drive to a well lit and populated area.

  • If your car breaks down, put the hood up, hazard lights on and tie a white cloth on the antenna. Stay in the car with the doors locked. If a person stops to help, roll the window down slightly and ask them to call the police for you.

  • Be cautious in under ground and enclosed garages.

  • If you think you are being followed go directly to the nearest police station or fire station.

    Follow your gut. Practice being alert and observant. If you feel even a little sense of fear, recognize that as a warning. Your instincts are a true warning system that you have. If you feel afraid then you probably are in a potentially unsafe position. Always err on the side of safety.

    Being assaulted is not something women can control... it is the aggressor who is responsible for their action. Young women can continue to learn ways to protect themselves, and help each other along the way.

    written 11/00
    Revised 8/01

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