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Campus Safety Tips UNC Department of Public Safety

Campus Safety Tips UNC Department of Public Safety

Crime is never the victim’s fault. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance. 

It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation.

It is a crime to enter someone's residence without permission, regardless of whether the door is locked.

Communities are safest when members look out for each other: report any suspicious activity or unauthorized strangers immediately.

Report criminal activity (such as a break-in or intruder, robbery, or assault) immediately to 9-1-1, or for non-emergency situations on campus, to UNC DPS at 919-962-8100.

Immediately report any malfunctioning doors or windows in your residence to the property managers or residence hall staff, and insist the problem be corrected as soon as possible.

In residence halls or secured apartment complexes, do not let in strangers, do not allow strangers to enter behind you as a courtesy, and do not lend out keys. 

Only open the front door of a residence to someone you know or trust.

Additional tips to help reduce the risk of sexual assault:

  • Be aware that most sexual assaults are committed by non-strangers in familiar social situations.
  • Be aware that approximately one-half of sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption by at least one of the involved parties, according to the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Drink responsibly.
  • Be aware that perpetrators often target intoxicated individuals and/use alcohol to facilitate assault.  Don’t leave your drink (alcoholic or otherwise) unattended. Only accept drinks which were poured in front of you and have not been left unattended at any time.
  • Trust your instincts.  If you are uncomfortable in a situation, then trust your gut reaction and get out of that situation as soon as possible. 
  • When you go to social gatherings, go with a group of friends.  Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together.
  • Watch out for your friends and vice versa.
  • Encourage group activities in the early stages of any relationship.  Don’t leave an event with someone you just met or don’t know well. 
  • Know that you have the right to set limits on sexual activity or to say no to sexual activity, whether or not you have previously had sexual contact with someone.  If you overhear someone talk about taking advantage of a partner sexually, let the person know you think this is wrong.

General Safety Tips:

  • When walking at night, stay in well-lit areas and walk with friends whenever possible. 
  • Wear clothes and shoes that give you freedom of movement.  Avoid carrying objects requiring use of both arms.
  • If you are being followed, get away fast, change directions, and walk or run to a crowded area or into a store.
  • If you are afraid, attract help any way you can.  Scream, yell for help, or yell “Fire!” 
  • Before you walk or drive home, call your roommate, family member or a friend so they will expect you and be aware if you are late.
  • Lock all doors to your car and residence at all times.
  • Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings.
  • Always carry your phone with you and make sure that it is charged.

Resources available for survivors of crime:

  • If you are in need of medical attention, go to Campus Health Services (http://campushealth.unc.edu/services/acute-care/sexual-assault-response.html) or the UNC Hospitals Emergency Room.
  • For programs or other community services, call UNC DPS Crime Prevention Officer Sgt. James David at (919) 966-3230.
  • For students, a range of support services are available through the Office of the Dean of Students, http://deanofstudents.unc.edu/
  • EOC Report and Response Coordinators, Ew Quimbaya-Winship and Rebecca Gibson: 919-445-1578 or 919-903-6772, reportandresponse@unc.edu
  • Counseling Services available at UNC Counseling and Psychological Services: http://campushealth.unc.edu/caps.
  • Orange County Rape Crisis Center (24 hr crisis line): 1-866-WE-LISTEN.
  • Compass Center for Women and Families (24 hour crisis line): 919-929-7122.
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