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Crime Prevention

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Prevention Tips

The cooperation and involvement of all members of the University community in a Campus Safety & Security program are absolutely essential. Although the campus is reasonably safe, all students, faculty and staff are urged to use good judgment and common sense in the places they go, how they get there, and the times they visit those places.

The safety and security of the campus is jeopardized when the University community uses alcohol to excess, shows lack of self-discipline and concern for others, props open doors, violates University rules, does not comply with local authorities and gives out keys and access cards freely.

In Your Residence Hall

    • Keep your door closed and locked. Be especially sure it is locked when you go to class, whenever you are using the phone, laundry room, or bathroom and when you are sleeping.
    • Avoid being alone with an acquaintance that is intoxicated. Date rape is the most common cause of victimization of women on college campuses. Being alone with an intoxicated person creates a vulnerable situation.
  • Be aware of any suspicious persons and report them at once to the residence hall staff or Campus Safety & Security.
  • Report solicitors who are in the residence hall immediately. Soliciting is not permitted without permission from the Dean of Students Office.
  • Determine who is on the other side of your door before opening it to a caller.
  • Be familiar with residence hall emergency procedures and evacuation routes.
  • Never loan your keys or I.D. access card to anyone, even a friend or roommate. They may not be as careful as you are and they may lose or misplace them just long enough for the wrong person to gain possession of them.
  • If you lose your room key or I.D. access card, report it to Campus Safety & Security immediately so that the room lock can be changed or the access card disabled.
  • Never prop open the door of your room or residence hall entry door for a friend, or delivery person, or for any other reason.
  • Hang up immediately if you receive a nuisance, obscene or prank telephone call. Do not engage in conversation. All University phones may activate the "Call Trace" system. To activate, hang up and then pick up the phone and dial 157 and a recording will announce a successful trace. Document the time of the call and report the incident to Campus Safety & Security.



  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • Walk in well-lighted areas and avoid shortcuts through deserted streets, wooded areas, dark alleys, or parking lots.
  • Don't use the river for a shortcut in winter. Undercurrents can keep the ice thin in spots.
  • Go to a public, populated area if you suspect someone is following you.
  • Never hitchhike. It is not worth the risk!
  • Avoid jogging or biking alone. If you must go by yourself, stay clear of isolated or poorly lit areas. Make sure someone knows you are going and when you will return.


Property Security

  • Secure your valuables in a safe place and do not keep large amounts of cash in your room.
  • Report the loss of any University key or I.D. access card to your RA or Campus Safety & Security as soon as possible.
  • Do not leave clothing, equipment, or textbooks unattended in public places such as the Fitness Center, cafeteria, Laundry room or library.
  • Identify your books with your name and address on the inside cover and one not-so-obvious place.
  • Check to make sure your family's homeowner's insurance policy covers your possessions while you're away from home. The University insurance does not cover your personal property.
  • Report any crimes, incidents or suspicious activity promptly to Campus Safety & Security.


Motor Vehicles

  • Always park in a well lit area at night.
  • Lock your car at all times.
  • Never leave your keys in the ignition, even when you may only be gone for a minute.
  • Don't leave packages on the seats or where they are visible. Put valuables out of sight or lock them in the trunk.
  • Take expensive equipment (i.e. CD players) back to your place of residence or lock them in your trunk. Record the serial numbers of such equipment.



  • Always lock your bike securely when it is unattended, even if it's inside a building.
  • Place a chain cable through both wheels of your bicycle, through the frame and a stationary object. If you use a bicycle rack, place the chain or cable through one wheel and the frame.
  • Record the serial number of your bicycle and keep it with your permanent records.
  • Register your bicycle with Campus Safety & Security.


Holidays and Breaks

  • Close and lock windows.
  • Close curtains and blinds.
  • Take home all valuables you are able. Keep any valuables left behind out of sight, in a closet or locked in a trunk.
  • Secure your bicycle in your room.
  • Unplug all appliances.
  • Make sure that fish and plants are cared for.
  • Lock and bolt the room door.