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  • Familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus. Survey the campus while classes are in session and after dark to see that academic buildings, walkways, facilities, and parking lots are adequately secured and well-lighted.
  • Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets.
  • Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends and give them your telephone numbers.
  • At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or “short cuts” through isolated areas.
  • Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
  • Use the campus escort or shuttle services at night.
  • Know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus and learn how to use them.
  • If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business orhome; knock on the door, and request that someone call the Police. Note the description of the person following you.
  • Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential concealment.
  • Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it; carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or your front pant pocket.
  • Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
  • Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that restrict your movements.
  • Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
  • If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.
In the residence halls

  • For the safety of you and others in the residence halls, do not prop open any residence hall doors because you don't know whom you may be letting in!
  • Lock your door when you leave, no matter how short a time you may be gone - even when you go to the restroom.
  • Lock your door when you and your roommate are sleeping.
  • Do not leave notes on your door stating that no one is home or when you will return, it's an open invitation to a theft.
  • Keep wallets, purses, checkbooks and jewelry out of sight and locked up if possible. Use inexpensive "costume" jewelry if possible.
  • Do not keep large sums of money on hand, and routinely check your checkbook to see if any checks are missing.
  • Keep a record of all your valuable items, noting descriptions, serial numbers, and approximate dollar values of all items. These records should be kept in a secure location.
  • Check with your parents' insurance company to see if your property is covered under their homeowners’ policy while you are attending school.
  • Do not give the combination to your door out to anyone.    
  • Do not allow strangers into your room.
  • Do not open your door unless you know who is on the other side, especially at night.
  • Do not allow door-to-door salespeople to enter the residence hall or your room. College policy prohibits soliciting in any building without prior written consent from the College.
  • Your RA's and RC's, are all excellent sources for advice on problems in your hall.
  • Report any person behaving suspiciously to Public Safety immediately at x-2555.