Out and About
Late nights are no stranger to college students, whether it is coming back from a party or a late night study group, when out and about it is important to be mindful of your personal safety.
Tips to Help Keep You Safe
- Use the buddy system, especially at night. Go home with a friend, catch the bus, and call a taxi or a safe walk from the University Police.
- Avoid taking shortcuts. Use only well lit, busy roads.
- Always carry a cell phone or other personal safety device such as pepper spray.
- Do not hitch-hike or accept rides from someone you don’t know.
- Leave expensive belongings and large amounts of money at home.
If you think you are being followed:
- Try crossing the street, if they follow you cross back again.
- Go to the nearest public place and call 911, or if you are on campus go to the emergency blue lights. These lights are directly linked to the University Police.
If you are attacked:
- Do not resist if someone tries taking your possessions.
- Get a good look at them.
- Scream and shout.
- Get away as quickly as possible.
- If a vehicle is involved try to note the make, color, and registration.
- Call the police and give them your location, a description of the person and the direction the assailant went off in.