Personal Safety

dickinsonIt’s important to be observant of your surroundings and vigilant about reporting suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

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:

Active Shooter Incident
Alcohol Consumption
ATM Safety
Bicycle Safety
Student Housing Safety
Suspicious Activity
Workplace Violence

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).