Safety Tips

Any situation that threatens physical harm to yourself or someone else should be assessed carefully. Never hesitate to call the police if you need help to defuse a situation.

Be Aware
  • Your phone is a great tool to help keep you safe, but make sure you rely on other resources as well – consistent communication with close friends is important.
  • If you are staying in a hotel, text yourself and/or a trusted person the hotel address and your room number upon check-in to keep the info handy in case you forget it.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to an open police or fire station or a well-lit, public place.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol:
    • Drink or sip slowly and alternate with water.
    • Avoid shots or chugging.
    • Use a sober, designated driver.
    • Prepare or open your own drink and don't leave it unattended at any time.
    • Keep count: 0 (under 21 or driving), 1 (standard drink per hour), 3 (the limit for low-risk drinking)
  • Seek help if you or someone you know has signs of alcohol poisoning: unresponsive, pale/blue/cold/clammy skin, shallow or irregular breathing.
  • Criminals target persons who look distracted, intoxicated or uncertain... so:
    • Be aware of your surroundings; don’t be distracted.
    • Walk with a purpose – head up, strong strides and look confident!
    • Have your keys in your hand to reduce time standing in front of your car, room or building.
    • Look around at all times to be aware of who may be in front of you or behind you.
    • If you feel something isn’t right, cross the street and go to a public area.
Ask and Listen
  • Be respectful of yourself and others. Make sure any sexual act is OK with your partner if you initiate. Consent is always mutually required.
  • Remember: people who are drunk or otherwise impaired are not capable of consenting to sex.
Have a Plan
  • Always tell at least one trusted friend or loved one where you're going and when you expect to come back.
  • Use the buddy system - take a close friend when you go out at night or to a party or club, and don't leave without that person, and don’t let them leave without you.
  • Don't go anywhere with someone you've just met.
  • If you are attacked on the street, make as much noise as possible by calling for help or blowing a whistle. Yell – “FIRE”, “POLICE” anything to get people to pay attention to you. Never pursue your attacker. Call 911 and report the crime as soon as possible.
Say Something

Active bystanders make a difference. Intervening is not always easy, but it can stop a bad situation and even save a life. If you're in a situation where you see something happening that doesn’t seem right, you can:

  • Distract the people involved, or take one person aside and distract him/her.
  • Track down a friend of one of the people and have that person check on his/ her friend.
  • Knock - or open the door. Ask if everything's cool. Interrupting an OK scene is better than ignoring an act of violence.

If you need help for yourself or a friend

  • Campus police: 8000 (from a campus phone)
  • 828-262-8000 (from any other phone)
  • All other emergencies: 911(9-911 from a campus phone)
  • Counseling & Psychological Services: 828-262-3180
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE (4673)

Believe someone who discloses a sexual assault, abusive relationship, or experience with stalking or cyberstalking. Additional resources and information may be found at these websites:

How you can help prevent violence

  • Know the location of "blue lights,"or campus emergency telephones.
  • Always tell someone where you're going and when you expect to come back.
  • Use the buddy system - take a friend when you go out at night or to a party or club, and don't leave without them.
  • Don't go anywhere with someone you've just met.
  • Prepare or open your own drink and don't leave it unattended at any time.
  • If you think you are being followed, drive to an open police or fire station or a well-lit, public place.
  • Be respectful of yourself and others. Make sure any sexual act is OK with your partner if you initiate.
  • Carrying a cell phone can lead to more risk-taking behavior. Don't give in to a false sense of security just because you have your phone with you.

Active bystanders stop violence. It takes some character and guts to be the kind of person who will intervene, but one person can make a difference. If you're in a situation where you see something weird happening, you can:

  • Distract the people involved, or take one person aside and distract him/her.
  • Track down a friend of one of the people and have that person check on his/ her friend.
  • Knock - or open the door. Ask if everything's cool. Interrupting an OK scene is better than ignoring an act of violence.

Any situation that threatens physical harm to yourself or another student should be assessed carefully. Call the police if you need help to defuse the situation.

Tips for ride sharing

Many students rely on formal and informal ride-sharing services, which are increasing in popularity in Boone and elsewhere. If you choose to use a ride sharing service, consider taking these safety precautions.

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Any situation that threatens physical harm to yourself or someone else should be assessed carefully. Never hesitate to call the police if you need help to defuse a situation.