Awareness and preventative measures are key elements in reducing the risk of assault, but no one can predict or control another person's behavior. Both men and women should be especially careful in situations involving the use of alcohol or other drugs. Alcohol and other drugs can interfere with your ability to assess situations and to communicate effectively. Listed below are several personal safety guidelines which may be helpful guidelines to protecting yourself.
Residence Halls, Apt. or Home
- Always keep your door locked - even if you are leaving your residence for a brief period of time.
- Do not prop open security doors.
- If you live on campus, do not allow strangers to enter your building unless accompanied by a resident of that building.
- Know your neighbors and which ones you can trust in an emergency.
- Become familiar with campus safety and security regulations. Report unauthorized persons or suspicious behavior to campus authorities or law enforcement.
- Do not give out personal information to persons met on line.
- Report any unwanted, harassing or obscene phone calls immediately.
- Become familiar with your surroundings. Always be aware of what is going on around you.
- At night, walk in well-lighted, populated areas. Walk with others. Avoid walking alone or in isolated areas.
- Take extra precautions in parking lots, stairwells, elevators, bathrooms and dark areas.
- Vary your route. If walking or jogging for exercise, change your route occasionally.
- If you observe suspicious behavior, get to safety and report your suspicions to campus authorities or law enforcement.
- UW-Green Bay has an outdoor, emergency phone system (each phone is identified by a blue light). These phones should be used in cases of emergency and automatically connect with Public Safety.
- Have your keys in your hand as you approach your vehicle.
- Check the back seat and floor before entering your vehicle.
- Park in well-lit, crowded areas. If avoidable, do not go to or from your vehicle alone at night. Ask to be escorted to your vehicle by someone you trust.
- If you have car problems, be especially wary of strangers who offer help. Stay in the car and ask them to call the police and a service truck.
- Never get into a car with someone who is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Women and Men
- Refuse to accept drinks from strangers.
- You have the right to say "No" to any unwanted sexual contact.
- Communicate your limits and intentions clearly and firmly.
- Do not make assumptions about a male's or female's behavior.
- Kissing, drinking, dress, visiting your room, or previous sexual contact does not mean consent to sexual intercourse. For more on consent see The Importance Of Consent.
- It is never acceptable to use force in sexual situations. Remember that date/acquaintance rape is a crime.
- Go out with friends you trust. Agree to use the "buddy system". Try to leave with a group, rather than alone or with someone you do not know very well.
- Listen to your feelings. If you feel uncomfortable, or think you may be at risk, leave immediately and go to a safe place.
- Do not be afraid to make a scene if you feel threatened. Call for help and get out of the situation even if it seems awkward or embarrassing.