Safety and security starts with you!
The University promotes campus safety and security in various ways -- educating students about safety and security issues, installing security equipment, testing fire detection and sprinkler systems, performing nightly rounds at 10:00 pm and 1:00 am, and completing monthly room safety inspections.
Our community, like any other, is as safe as its members choose to make it. The Office of Housing & Residence Life is concerned about the safety and welfare of all campus residences.
In addition to the efforts of the Office of Housing and Residence Life, you must contribute to your own safety and the safety of others through your actions. The following precautions are important for you to build into your daily routine:
- Lock your bedroom and apartment/suite door whenever you leave your apartment/suite, even if it is for a short time! (It only takes a thief a few seconds to commit a crime!
- Don't lend your room/apartment/suite key to anyone.
- Don't prop your doors open -- remove props if you see them.
- If you lose your room/apartment/suite key, report it to the Front Desk immediately.
- Be concerned about others. If someone calls for help, check it out.
- Ask strangers their purpose for being on your floor or in your building.
- Report unusual happenings to your RA/RD, the Commons, or University Police.
- In the event of an emergency, contact University Police immediately (590-1911), then inform your RA/RD.
- Don't answer your room door without first identifying the person who is knocking.
- Avoid intoxication -- you are more vulnerable when you are under the influence of alcohol or any other drug!
- If you witness any individual(s) committing on act of vandalism, report him/her to your RA/RD.
- Remember that your residence hall is not just a place where you sleep and study; it is also your home and community. Part of being a responsible community member is taking pride in your environment and reporting instances of vandalism, as well as situations you observe which negatively affect the building's overall safety and security. Your guests, friends, and roommates should be encouraged to develop a similar attitude toward their environment.
Fire safety is also an issue. It is important to pay close attention while cooking in your apartment/suite. Please view these helpful tips on grilling safety, cooking safety and microwave safety.