Your RolePersonal and community safety begins with personal responsibility. Whether you are a student or an employee, you must assume an active role in your own safety and the safety of the campus community. Learn to be observant and aware of your surroundings. If you notice suspicious activity or observe a crime, make mental notes of circumstances, descriptions, and times. Do not hesitate to call Emergency Assistance 911 or Campus Security at your respective location. Do not assume someone else has reported the incident.
If you are a student…
- Think about how you might respond to various situations. The less vulnerable you appear to be, the less likely you will be the victim of a crime.
- Never leave purses, laptop computers, PDA devices, cell phones or books unattended. If stolen, they are almost never recovered.
- If driving, always lock your vehicle and never leave valuables in plain sight. If attending night classes, try to park in lighted areas. Have your car keys out when you return to your vehicle and check the front and back seats before entering. If you feel unsafe walking alone back to your car at night, walk with a group or call Security and ask for an escort to your vehicle.
- If walking to school, avoid hitchhiking and accepting rides from strangers. Avoid deserted areas and always walk facing traffic.
- Stay in touch with campus news. Check your campus e-mail account at least weekly to see if there are any current safety incident reports to review. The University Web site, the Emergency Information Web site and your campus e-mail account are the primary ways the University communicates safety related information to students.
- If you have children, never leave them unattended in University lounges or labs. The University does not have child care facilities at its campus locations.
- Take a moment to report any unsafe conditions to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an employee….
- Know your co-workers and be familiar with the people that should be in your area. Don’t be shy…question activity or behavior that seems unusual;
- Be familiar with work safety policies and procedures;
- Introduce yourself to the security personnel and know how to reach them;
- Develop an office alert procedure (a simple signal) with co-workers to let each other know when one is in trouble
- Do not loan your office keys to anyone who is not an employee;
- Be very cautious about providing personal information, such as your SSN over the telephone or internet;
- If working late, lock your exterior office doors and be cautious about who you let in after hours;
- Leave your office blinds open so security and others can easily see inside as they make their rounds;
- Report safety related issues, such as non-working lights right away;
- If you are leaving late and you are concerned about personal safety, walk with a co-worker or ask security for an escort;
- Get into the habit of locking valuables in your desk drawer;
- Do not carry an unnecessary number of credit cards. For the cards you carry, keep the card information in another place should they be stolen.