The keys to personal safety are awareness and assertiveness:
- Look assertive, confident, and aware of your surroundings.
- Trust your instincts. If a particular situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, choose an alternative. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Keep keys accessible, and wear comfortable clothing for added safety and defense.
- Turn around, and confront someone you think is following you; a nod or acknowledgment will deter most assailants.
- In attempted sexual assaults, approximately 50% of the women escape if they yell, and up to 85% escape if they physically resist quickly and vigorously.
- Know vulnerable targets of the assailant: eyes, nose, throat, stomach, kneecaps, and groin.
We’ve assembled some specific safety tips for the following situations:
Safety Escort Service
This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is intended for all members of the university community. The campus proper is the service area. Upon receipt of a call, a uniformed Public Safety Officer or Security Officer will respond. It is important that the person requesting the escort inform the dispatcher if there is a stalking or domestic violence issue involved.
Call 569-3400 for assistance or use any available blue light emergency phone (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).