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Some general safety tips for when you're on campus.
Many visitors come to our campuses every day seeking information about programs and services; however, you may encounter a person who appears to have no purpose or legitimate reason for being on campus. Some tips for this situation are below.
Be alert to people entering your work or learning area. Approach a stranger only when safe to do so, without risking your safety, or the safety of others. Greet people with a friendly and professional tone of voice:
If people have no legitimate reason for being on campus, they may react in a variety of ways:
If an unauthorized person refuses your request to leave your area, you can say, “If you don’t leave, I’ll have to call security.” If your request is not followed, call security at Local 2400.
If you do not feel comfortable to ask the stranger to leave or he/she does not leave upon request and you do not feel comfortable saying you’ll call security, have someone keep an eye on the person, if possible, while you discreetly call security.
As soon as you can, write down a description of the person and details of the incident to pass on to security.
Never try to physically remove someone yourself.
If you feel uncomfortable or threatened in any way, remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible and call security at Local 2400. Any situation that causes you fear or concern is a legitimate reason for contacting Security.
Establish a “code” word/phrase in your department that is distinct and everyone understands is a flag for them to call security.
*For campuses without security – call local police.