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Avoiding potentially dangerous situations by maintaining a complete sense of awareness and planning ahead for responses to such situations allow one to remain confident while traveling around campus, home or any other location. For any situation, it is important to consider preventing, planning and acting.

Preventing

Avoid becoming an easy target

People unknowingly engage in activities every day that make them more vulnerable to crime. Make yourself less of a potential target by incorporating some simple actions.

Utilize Student Safety Programs

Student Safety Programs offers walking escorts and mobile transports to campus and near off-campus locations during the evening hours. Safety Patrollers operate from 5 p.m. until midnight. LIMO vans operate nightly during the school year from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m., with extended hours from 5 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights when school is in session. After-hours transports can be obtained from 3 a.m. until 7 a.m. To request a Safety Patrol escort or LIMO ride:

Be cautious at ATMs

Planning

Knowing how to respond to a potentially dangerous situation is just as important as knowing how to avoid one. Often times, criminal catch victims off guard, allowing victims very little time to react. Thinking ahead about your response to such a situation and having a planned and practice response will allow you to remain calm and focused.

Carry a personal safety device

Acting

When in an uncomfortable situation, always trust your instincts. If necessary, defend yourself to the best of your ability. When presented with an avenue of escape, run away to a safe place, where people are present to assist you. Near campus, safe places include residence halls, restaurants, businesses and the Public Safety office, which is open 24 hours a day.

Using non-verbal self defense

Using verbal self defense

Protecting yourself during robberies

Self Defense Program

Public Safety’s self-defense program uniquely combines a hands-on approach to learning effective techniques with information about the latest national and local crime trends. Designed for both female and male audiences, the class incorporates simple strategies for escaping potentially dangerous situations. Public Safety offers several free self-defense classes through out the academic year. Individual requests for larger groups can be made with advance notice. Contact Public Safety for complete information.


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Student Safety Programs

Public Safety continuously addresses campus and community safety with new and innovative programming, educational efforts, technological advances and the best-trained campus law enforcement staff in the area. Check out our expansive patrol operations, on- and off-campus outreach efforts, and nationally recognized Student Safety Programs.