Personal Safety Prevention is being alert and being prepared!
- Don't open your door to strangers.
- Report strangers and suspicious circumstances.
- Do not leave your credit cards lying around. Your bank account can be emptied before you even realize your card is missing.
- Never lend your room key to anyone.
- Never prop exterior doors. Help keep your fellow students stay safe.
- MOST IMPORTANT: Lock your room each and every time you leave no matter how brief you plan on being gone.
- Avoid poorly lit streets, alleys and pathways.
- Keep alert; if you see a person acting suspiciously, head for bright light.
- Never jog alone; stick to a planned route and run with a friend.
- Never hitch hike.
- Your first defense is noise - SCREAM!, scream "Fire" to help attract attention.
- Carjacking has become the growth crime of the 1990's. It can occur anywhere, at a gas station, or even at a traffic signal. If you drive your car on campus or off campus there are some common sense precautions you can take to avoid becoming a victim of a carjacking:
Before you enter your car…
- Be alert to any activity near the car. Pay attention to your surrounding.
- When approaching your car to enter it, have your key in hand, and check the locks and back seat before entering.
- If someone is loitering near your unoccupied car as your approach, contact the Police Department for an escort.
Once you're in your car…
- Keep the doors locked and windows up.
- Be suspicious of people approaching your car asking for directions and giving out flyers.
- When stopping in traffic, leave enough distance between your car and the car in front of you so you can pull away quickly if necessary.
- If another driver bumps your car, or your tire goes flat, keep your windows up and wait for Police to arrive or drive to the nearest Police Department.
- Be alert when using drive-up automated teller machines (ATM).
Fire Safety/Alarm Procedures
The University Police Department asks for your help in eliminating campus fires.
- DO NOT overload electrical circuits in your Residence Hall room.
- Open flames, including burning of incense and candles is prohibited.
- Smoking in your Residence Hall room is prohibited.
Upon discovering a fire…
- Activate the building fire alarm system
- Telephone the University Police (x6878), giving full details (Location, Materials Involved, etc…)
- DO NOT hang up the phone. Let the dispatcher terminate the conversation.
- NEVER ENTER A BURNING BUILDING -- Do not use the elevators, they will stop if the power ceases, possibly trapping you between floors.
- Do not attempt to fight the fire yourself, unless the fire is extremely small. Let those with the proper equipment and training handle the situation.
- Treat each fire alarm as notice of a real fire, until positively proven otherwise by the proper authorities.
Sexual Assault Prevention Tips
- Communicate clearly and listen carefully to what your partner is saying.
- Communicate your limits firmly and directly. If you say "NO", say it like you mean it.
- In a dating situation, define exactly what you want from the relationship.
- Attend large parties with friends you can trust. Agree to "look out" for each other.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Remember that alcohol and drugs can interfere with your ability to assess situations and to communicate effectively.
- Leave parties and social gatherings with a group of friends rather than with those you don't know very well.
Accident Reporting Information ( On Campus Accidents)
Be Courteous & Keep Calm
- STOP. DO NOT MOVE YOUR CAR. Call the University Police at (x6878) and wait for a police officer to arrive. The police officer will take all the necessary information and request all parties to fill out a voluntary statement form. The police officer will file a Uniform Vehicle Traffic Accident form with the Kentucky State Police.
- Call the Kentucky State Police to obtain a copy of the traffic accident form. (502) 227-2221.
- If the vehicles are moved - each driver must come to the University Police Department and fill out a Civilian Traffic Accident Report. It will be the responsibility of each driver to obtain all required information. This form should then be given to your Insurance Agent.
Seatbelts make sense!!!!
- Newer seatbelt design allows for total freedom of motion while driving.
- People who are thrown from cars are 25 times more likely to be alive if the had been held in their seats.
- The majority of all car accidents occur within 25 miles of home - 40 miles per hour or slower.
- You may be a good driver, but weather and road conditions (not drivers) can affect your safety.
- Seatbelts can make a life-and-death difference if you or your loved one is involved in an automobile accident.