Trust your instincts and be yourself. If you feel unsafe, or even uncomfortable, in any situation, go with your gut. Don't worry about what others think; your own safety comes first.
Use your cell phone as a tool. Make sure it's fully charged before you leave home. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, shoot a quick text for a "friend-assist." Make a plan before you go out just in case your phone dies, so you can meet up with your friends at a specific location at a certain time.
Be careful when leaving status or away messages online and when using the "check-in" feature on Facebook or Foursquare. Leaving information about your whereabouts reveals details that are accessible to everyone. Use common sense so that someone can't track your every move. If you wouldn't give the information to a stranger, then don't put it on your online profile.
Wait to let your guard down until people earn your trust. A college campus can foster a false sense of security. Don't assume people you've just met will look out for your best interests; remember that they are essentially strangers.
Don't be afraid to hurt someone's feelings. If you find yourself in an unsafe situation, it's OK to lie. Make up an excuse as to why you have to go. It's better to make up a reason to leave than to stay in a possibly dangerous situation. Your safety comes before someone else's feelings.
If you see something, say something! Intervene if a situation seems questionable or if someone's safety is at risk. By taking action, you can prevent a crime from being committed. Remember, you can also contact your campus police.
Stick with your friends and watch out for each other. Arrive together, check in with one another throughout the night, and leave together. Think twice about going off alone. If, for whatever reason, you have to separate from your friends, let them know where you are going and who you are with.
Be aware of your surroundings. Whether you're walking home from the library or at a party, be mindful of potential risks. Get to know your campus and learn a well-lit route back to your dorm or place of residence. Think of a safe exit strategy. Are there people around who might be able to help you? Is there an emergency phone nearby?
Emergency Phones. Emergency phones are located on the SCTC Campuses and Centers (excluding the Fayette Center of Innovation). Blue lights mounted atop white columns designate the emergency phones. These phones are directly linked to the local E-911 center and are activated upon pick-up. If you cannot speak, all you need to do is activate the line and the dispatcher will identify your location and send assistance.