Health Education & Wellness

Campus Safety 101

College Safety 101

The best safety measures are those that you establish for yourself. With practice, they become a part of your everyday routine. Although there are no guaranteed methods to insure that nothing will ever happen, there are some steps you can take to greatly minimize the risk. Here are a few suggestions:

In Residence Halls

  • Do not invite people you do not know into your room – think of your safety and the safety of other residents.
  • Always lock your door when you leave your room – even for brief periods.
  • Do not prop open exterior doors. Residence halls are locked for your protection.
  • Do not let anyone walk in behind you. Everyone who should be in the building has Volcard access.
  • Report any suspicious activity or persons to hall staff or UTPD.



On UT’s Campus

  • Always lock your car.
  • Never leave your valuables unattended.
  • Study the campus and neighborhood with respect to routes between your residence and class/activities schedule. Know where emergency phones are located and carry a cell phone.
  • Develop a plan of action to use if you were confronted or assaulted.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
  • When on campus, utilize the ‘T Link’ service.
  • Never run in secluded areas alone.
  • Register your valuables with UT Police through the Operation I.D. program.
  • Lock your bike through the frame with a high quality locking device.
  • Share your class/activities schedule with parents and a network of close friends, effectively creating a type of “buddy” system.
  • Report suspicious persons or activity to UT Police immediately.
Out on the Town

  • Always let someone know where you are going and give an estimated time of return.
  • Travel in groups.
  • Make sure your mode of transportation is reliable.
  • Do not give personal information to strangers.
  • Do not accept drinks from anyone you don’t know.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially at night.
  • Do not give your name and address out to strangers.
  • Do not give out personal information over the telephone to people you do not know. (SS #, credit card #’s, driver’s license #’s, address, etc.)
  • Catch a ride with someone who has not been drinking.
  • Don’t offer rides to people you don’t know.
  • Always trust your instincts!

In the Digital World

  • Never share pictures or images that you would not share with the world.
  • Never share your personal or private data details.
  • Never share passwords.
  • Protect your computer with Internet security software, spyware removal software and strong passwords.
  • Keep all security software up to date.
  • Never click on e-mails from anyone you don’t know.
  • Don’t click on anything that pops up in another window.
  • Do not leave your computer unattended even in places that feel safe like the library, study lounge and coffee shops.
  • Never chat with someone who isn’t your friend in real life.
  • Use caution when accessing public wireless networks.
  • Use caution when downloading free software and file sharing programs since they often contain malware.
  • Trust your gut. If it feels wrong, it probably is wrong!
  • Consider having your sensitive mail sent to your parents’ home, a P.O. Box or another permanent address.
  • Utilize online banking to regularly monitor your financial accounts.

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