Staying Safe on Campus 

Staying Safe on Campus

University Center Rochester, like any other college campus, has its share of mishaps, crimes and injuries. The right attitude and actions, though, can help protect:

  • you
  • your belongings
  • fellow students
  • our campus

DON'T GET CAUGHT ALONE
Go with someone-there's strength in numbers! Or call Campus Security from a regular classroom phone at extension 7262 or phone at 507-285-7262 to request an escort. Avoid isolated or dark areas and report any unsafe conditions to Campus Security immediately!

PROTECT YOUR VALUABLES
Do not leave book bags, textbooks or purses unattended. Take your belongings with you everywhere you go. Engrave/write your name or student ID number on your personal property (i.e. calculators, textbooks, laptops, book bags, etc.).

DRESS SENSIBLY
Dress in attire that you can easily move in. Tight clothing and high heel shoes or clogs may make movement difficult.

IN THE PARKING LOT
Walk to your car with a purpose, car keys in hand, ready to put in the lock. Check underneath your car and in the back seat before you enter. Make every attempt to park in well-lit areas. Once inside, keep your car doors locked.

PROTECTING YOUR CAR
Always lock your car doors, roll up your windows and close your sunroof. Always lock valuables in your trunk or in your glove compartment. Never leave any valuables in plain sight in your vehicle. Always scour your vehicle upon returning from class to assure you are not the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

CALL CAMPUS SECURITY
If you see something dangerous or someone suspicious, make note of it and call campus security immediately (507-285-7262 from a cellular phone) or extension 7262 from a classroom phone. Furnish all pertinent information to Campus Security and try to be as detailed and accurate as possible (e.g. nature of the emergency, location, suspect(s) description(s), type of vehicle, license plate numbers, time of day). Always be vigilant and make every attempt to be aware of your surroundings. When in doubt, call Campus Security.

What is Stalking?

Stalking is a pattern of repeated, unwanted attention, harassment and contact. It is a pattern of conduct that can include:

  • Following the victim
  • Appearing at the victim's home, place of employment, classroom, motor vehicle, etc.
  • Making unwanted and frightening contact with the victim through phone, text messaging, mail and/or email
  • Harassing the victim through the Internet or posting messages on web pages
  • Making threats to harm the victim, the victim's children, relatives, friends, or pets
  • Intimidating the victim
  • Vandalizing the victim's personal property
  • Securing personal information about the victim by accessing public records, hiring private investigators, using Internet search services, contacting friends, family, work or neighbors or going through the victim's garbage

Stalking is a Crime

Menacing by stalking is the act of a person who knowingly engages in a pattern of conduct that causes you to believe that the offender (stalker) will cause you physical harm or mental distress.

  • Pattern of conduct means two or more actions or incidents occur in a short period of time
  • Mental distress means any mental illness or condition that would normally require counseling

If a person follows, exhibits undesired affection/attention, pursues or harasses you to the point where you feel uncomfortable while on campus, please contact Campus Security from any campus phone by dialing extension 7262 or by dialing 507-285-7262

Planning for Your Safety While on Campus

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times!
  • Never contact your stalker or try to reason with this person.
  • Document all stalking incidents or actions in a journal (notes, letters, voicemails, text messages, etc.).
  • Always walk with a friend or call Campus Security to walk you to your destination if you feel unsafe. Place Campus Security contact number on speed dial if you cannot remember it.
  • Vary your daily on-campus routine; use a different parking lot and route of travel each day.
  • Never give out personal information to anyone who does not have a need for it.
  • Protect yourself; consider purchasing mace or taking a personal self-defense course.
  • If problems persist off-campus, contact your local law enforcement agency.