General Safety Guidelines
||Learn your school’s safety guidelines and
follow them. Read your school’s safety handbook. Memorize the telephone
number(s) for emergency help, such as 9-1-1. If possible, carry a cell
phone with you at all times. Pre-program emergency telephone numbers in
the phone to be able to call them quickly.
||Drink responsibly, if at all. Don’t use
drugs. Be careful around other persons who drink heavily and/or use
||Always wear a seatbelt in a motor vehicle.
Wear a helmet when riding on a motorcycle, bike, or when rollerblading.
Don’t ride with a driver who has been drinking or doing drugs. Designate
a sober driver.
||To Avoid Being Robbed:
- When you go out, go with a friend or a group of people, especially
at night and to unfamiliar places.
- Use ATM machines in well-lit areas, preferably while a friend is
- Keep your doors and windows locked, especially when you are alone.
- Lock your bike with a U-shaped lock that is hard for someone to
- Hold your backpack, purse, etc., securely so someone can’t grab it
from you. Don’t leave these and other personal items, such as your
laptop computer, unattended.
- Have your car, house, or room keys in your hand, ready to unlock
- Don’t let repair persons and maintenance staff in your dorm room or
house without proper identification and authorization.
||To Avoid Fires:
- Don’t smoke in bed or when you are very tired. Better yet, don’t
smoke at all!
- Follow fire safety precautions when cooking in your dorm room or
- Follow your school’s policy on candle use.
- Keep a working fire extinguisher in your dorm room or house.
||Report suspicious behaviors and activities
to your school’s security or the police.
||Take a class, etc. to learn how to avoid
||To Manage Conflict Without Violence:
- Be assertive, not aggressive when you communicate.
- Learn to deal with frustration, disappointment, rejection,
ridicule, jealousy, and anger.
- Accept differences in others, including sexual preferences, ethnic
and religious backgrounds, etc. You do not need to change your
convictions, but don’t expect other persons to change theirs either.
- Be an active listener. Pay attention to what the other person is
saying and try to understand his or her point of view or simply accept
it as an opinion.
- Take a class or seminar in conflict resolution to gain skills in
- When you can’t resolve a conflict on your own, get help.
For Information, Contact:
Your school’s Student Health Service, Student Counseling or Mental Health
Service, Office of Student Conflict Resolution, Office of the Ombudsman, or
The National Crime Prevention Council’s Online Resource Center •
For Sexual Assault/Hate Crimes/Other Crimes
The National Center for Victims of Crime
800.FYI.CALL (394.2255) • www.ncvc.org
National Domestic Violence Hotline
800.799.SAFE (799.7233) • www.ndvh.org