At Work and School
- See something, say something!
- Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t allow technology to distract you such as headphones, smartphone, etc.
- Travel in groups in well-lit areas at night.
- Know your way around campus.
- Always have emergency contacts on your cell phone, including campus police.
- Consider carrying defense items with you and taking a self-defense class.
- Follow your instincts. If you are uncomfortable or afraid in a situation, inform campus police or a faculty member.
- Keep all threatening notes, mail, emails, and voicemail as evidence.
- Be careful before getting into your car (check for signs of break-in and someone hiding nearby or inside of your car before getting in).
- Utilize locks, locking devices, and security systems.
- Don’t accept substances or drinks from strangers.
- Protect your privacy on social media. Set your profile to private and don’t disclose your location.
- Tell friends and family your whereabouts/activities/schedule or download a tracking app for your phone.
- Carry emergency cash.
- Advise family and friends of any threatening situation.
- Avoid walking or exercising alone.
- Vary your routine so that your whereabouts aren’t predictable.
- If you feel uncomfortable in a certain place, leave and get to a more well-lit or populated area.
- Do not accept drinks from someone you do not know or trust, and don’t leave a drink unattended.
- If you see someone at risk of assault through force or pressure, don’t be afraid to intervene.
- Do not assume someone wants to have sex because of alcohol consumption, the way they dress, or because they agree to go home with you.
- Accept an individual’s decision when they say “No.”
- Avoid becoming drunk so that your judgement and ability to care for yourself aren’t impacted.
- When attending parties, have a buddy system in place and don’t get separated from your friends.
- On a first date, consider a double date with friends and meet in public places with your own car.
If you are in imminent danger call 911 from a safe location. Be prepared to provide location and perpetrator details.