College Campus Safety Tips

These tips may reduce your risk for rape/sexual assault or other violent crimes:

  • Know your local resources. Who do you call if you or someone you know needs help? In an emergency, call 911.
  • Take note of emergency/blue light phones located on campus and save campus security in your cell phone.
  • Stay alert:
    • Always be aware of your surroundings.
    • Do not walk in an isolated or dark area on campus alone.
    • Do not wear ear pods/headphones — they can make you a target and you may not hear someone approaching.
  • Do NOT post your location on social media — locations can be easily sought out by perpetrators.
  • Make sure you are with people you trust.
  • Have a back-up plan:
    • If your phone dies or you lose it, do you numbers memorized to call and get help?
    • Do you have emergency cash kept in a safe place if your wallet is taken?
    • If you drive, do you have a spare key that you can get to easily? Do you have enough gas?
  • Keep yourself safe:
    •  Always lock doors/windows in your dorm, apartment and car.

Safety in social settings:

  • Do not go to parties alone.
  • Protect your drink. Don’t leave your drink unattended, and watch out for your friends’ drinks. If your drink ends up being unattended, throw it away.  It only takes a few seconds to add a substance to someone’s unattended drink, and these substances may have no color, taste or odor so they are undetectable. Only drink from unopened containers or drinks you watched being made and poured.
  • Know your limits.
  • Do what is necessary to escape a bad situation.  You are never obligated to remain in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable, pressured or threatened by anyone.
  • Trust your instincts. If you think something is off, it probably is. Leave the situation immediately and ask your friends to go with you.

If you have experienced rape or sexual assault, help is available at a Suffolk County SANE/SAFE Center located at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Peconic Bay Medical Center,  Good Samaritan Hospital or Long Island Community Hospital.

Other ways to stay safe: 

  • Make use of on-campus resources. Colleges often provide services to students including campus safety, wellness, medical and psychological services.
  • Request a schedule or housing change. If you have classes with the perpetrator or live in the same building, you can request a change from your college administration. Federal and state laws require colleges to honor these requests.
  • Access off-campus support services. You can seek out resources located off campus at VIBS.
  • Seek an order of protection. Contact VIBS and speak to an advocate.
  • Create a safety plan.  VIBS can assist you with creating a safety plan unique to YOU and your situation.