Safety and Prevention
How to Reduce Your Risk of Becoming a Victim
What should I do if I become a victim?
General Safety Tips
- Always be aware of your surroundings
- Walk with confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you appear.
- Don't let drugs or alcohol could your judgment.
- Be assertive-don't let anyone violate your space.
- Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable, leave.
- Lock your door and your windows.
- Watch your keys. Don't put your name and address on them. Don't lend them. Don't leave
them. Don't lose them.
- Watch out for unwanted visitors.
- Be wary of isolated spots, like underground garages, offices after business hours
and public laundry rooms.
- Vary your route when jogging or walking. Stay in well-traveled and well lit areas.
- Keep your car in good shape with plenty of fuel.
- In case of car trouble, call for help on your cell phone. If you don't have a phone,
put the hood up, lock the doors, and put a banner in the rear mirror that says, "Help.
Campus Safety Tips
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- Keep doors and windows locked
- Do not answer knocks at your door without first checking to see who it is.
- Require ID from strangers.
- Never leave notes/messages on your door since they advertise that you're away, where
you are, and/or when you plan to return.
- Use initials on mailboxes and door hangers.
- Use curtains for privacy.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Report suspicious people in your building, on your hall, etc.
- When jogging, taking walks, etc., let someone know the path you intend to travel
- Keep hands free of excessive packages.
- Never enter your room if it has been left open, if you feel forced entry has occurred.
Call RA, Hall Director and/or DPS immediately.
- Double date if blind dating.
- Never let another student into the building without asking for their ID or whether
or not they are a resident in the hall.
Safety at Parties
- Do not leave your drink unattended.
- Do not accept a drink from someone unless you watch it being made.
- Do not drink a friends drink.
- Travel in groups or pairs, don't go out by yourself.
- Don't take drinks from large, open containers.
- If you are in a conversation, and your attention has been averted, put your hand over
- If you feel like you are becoming severely intoxicated after only one or two drinks,
then get help.
- Beware if someone wants you to go outside to get some fresh air, especially if it
is someone you just met.
Automobile Safety Tips
- Have your keys in hand upon going to your car.
- Don't walk to your car digging in your purse or handbag looking for keys, cell phones,
- Keep car doors locked at all times, while driving and parking.
- Park in well lit areas that are highly visible.
- Be watchful of activity, people and cars around you.
- Keep gas in your car.
- Do not accept rides from strangers.
- Don't pick up hitchhikers.
- Don't leave house keys attached to car keys when having your car serviced or at a
Telephone Safety Tips
- Report obscene phone calls to the police.
- Don't reveal your name or number if it is a wrong number.
- Never give out personal information over the phone.
Other Safety Resources
FSU Office of Student Conduct Sexual Assault Policy
FSU Department of Public Safety
Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Strategies