Safety Tips

Arm Yourself With Important Safety Tips

Be smart about your safety

College is an opportunity to embrace your new-found independence and try new things. While new experiences, sometimes mean finding yourself in unfamiliar situations, there’s no need to put your personal safety in jeopardy. Knowledge is power. Here’s a list of resources and some tips on what you need to know to protect yourself from risk in a variety of situations. 

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Tips

At Parties

  • Be aware of rape drugs.
  • Try not to leave your drink unattended.
  • Only drink from un-opened containers or from drinks you have watched being made and poured.
  • Avoid group drinks like punch bowls.
  • Cover your drink. It is easy to slip in a small pill even while you are holding your drink. Hold a cup with your hand over the top, or choose drinks that are contained in a bottle and keep your thumb over the nozzle.
  • If you feel extremely tired or drunk for no apparent reason, you may have been drugged. Find your friends and ask them to leave with you as soon as possible.
  • If you suspect you have been drugged, go to a hospital and ask to be tested.
  • Keep track of how many drinks you have had.
  • Try to come and leave with a group of people you trust.
  • Avoid giving out your personal information (phone number, where you live, etc.). If someone asks for your number, take his/her number instead of giving out yours.

 

Walking

  • Make sure your cell phone is easily accessible and fully charged.
  • Be familiar with where emergency phones are installed on the campus.
  • Be aware of open buildings where you can use a phone.
  • Keep some change accessible just in case you need to use a pay phone.
  • Take major, public paths rather than less populated shortcuts.
  • Avoid dimly lit places and talk to Campus Services if lights need to be installed in an area.
  • Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
  • Walking back from the library very late at night is sometimes unavoidable, so try to walk with a friend.
  • Carry a noisemaker (like a whistle) on your keychain.
  • Carry a small flashlight on your keychain.
  • If walking feels unsafe, try calling campus security. Campus Safety offers an escort service for students.

 

Dating

  • Consider double dates or being with a group when first going out.
  • When going out, let a friend or parent know when you will be back. Tell your date that you have done this so he/she will acknowledge someone is expecting you back at a certain time.
  • Be assertive and direct. Be able to be straightforward about what you want, like or dislike in a relationship. Having these goals or plans will help create a positive outlook on the relationship.

 

Driving

  • Keep your doors locked.
  • Have extra car necessities (oil, jumper cables, etc.).
  • Try not to wait until the last minute to fill your gas tank; always keep it at least half full if you can.
  • Have your keys ready when you go to unlock your car.

 

Residence Halls

  • Lock your door when you go to sleep and when you are not in the room.
  • Keep your window locked (especially if it is easy to enter from the ground).
  • If people constantly prop open the main dorm door, talk to an authority about it.
  • If your dorm has an elevator, try to stay near the button dashboard when are you riding in it so that you have easy access to the emergency button. Also, if you feel threatened, you can push the button for the next floor and leave immediately instead of waiting for the elevator to reach the floor where you live.
  • Avoid isolated areas (stairways, laundry rooms, basement, etc.) when you are alone.

 

Anticipate Actions

  • Be conscious of places the perpetrator frequents (work schedule, class schedule, where s/he likes to eat, what club meetings s/he has, what sports practices s/he has, etc.).
  • Know which people the perpetrator usually hangs out with and what social events s/he likes to attend.
  • Plan what you would say and do if you came into contact with him or her.

 

General Tips

  • Use the resources that our campus offers (Counseling, Health Services, Campus Life, Campus Safety).
  • If you are concerned about anonymity, use any resources that the neighboring community provides.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable or threatened, leave the situation and go to a safe place.
  • Remember, no one deserves abuse and that there is no excuse for domestic violence.
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