When Walking and Jogging
- Avoid traveling alone after dark. Call the Department of Security at ext. 5530 for an escort.
- Walk on well-lighted, regularly traveled walks and pathways. Avoid short cuts and keep away from shrubbery, bushes, alleyways, and other areas where an assailant might be lurking.
- Don’t hitchhike or accept rides from casual acquaintances or strangers.
- Report lights that are out and any other hazardous conditions to the Department of Security.
- When walking to a vehicle or residence, have keys ready in hand.
- When being dropped off at their residence by taxi or private vehicle, students should ask the driver to wait until they get inside.
- If threatened by an approaching vehicle, run in the opposite direction. The vehicle will have to turn around before it can follow.
- If students think they are being followed, they should cross the street and, if necessary, keep crossing back and forth. If pursued, they should scream and run to a lighted business or residence; enlist the aid of a passerby; flag down a passing motorist; or, as a last resort, break a window in a residence or pull a fire alarm—anything that might attract attention or summon assistance.
- If students find themselves confronted by an assailant, they must remember that while screaming and struggling may in some instances frighten off the assailant, in other instances such actions may further antagonize the assailant and bring forth a more violent reaction. Above all, they must stay focused and assess the situation before choosing a course of action. Whether the assailant is armed or has made threats against their life obviously will be a determining factor in a student’s decision. The key word in this type of situation is survival. Use common sense and intuition!
- Jog with a friend. Wear light-colored clothing. Keep out of the road. Face traffic. Jog single file. When running on local roadways look out for oncoming traffic, especially if wearing a headset.
- Tell a friend where you are going and estimate when you will return.