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PERSONAL SAFETY, SECURITY AND UNCSA RESOURCES

 

General Guidelines

Program police and ICE numbers into your cell phone:

           UNCSA Police emergency phone number 336-770-3362

           ICE—In Case of Emergency number

Register for UNCSA ALERT—Emergency phone (recorded voice/text-to-speech) messages, emails, text messages, and messages to UNCSA's Facebook and Twitter accounts. 

  • Be aware of your surroundings.  Be cautious of strangers engaging you in conversation, especially if you are alone.   Do not walk alone after dark. Walk in groups or call police for a safety escort.
  • Don’t give out personal info: phone, address, etc. to people you don’t know well; never give this information out on a social network internet site.
  • Avoid vulnerable meeting situations—stranger, isolated location, etc.
  • Do not abuse prescription medication as effects may impair motor skills and/or judgment.
  • Avoid impaired decision making or incapacitation due to alcohol and other drugs.
  • Don't go back to someone's room or leave a party with someone you don't know.
  • Call police immediately if you see a suspicious person in or around campus living areas
  • Lock your car and park in a well lit area. 
  •  Record serial numbers, brand names, and descriptions of personal and school property.
  • Keep personal and valuable items off campus and/or out of sight.
  • Never leave your purse, wallet or other valuables unattended.
  • Engrave your valuables.
  • Never loan your keys or One Card to anyone.
  • Use the lockers in the dressing room and lock with your own lock.
  • Never keep large sums of money on campus.
  • Lock your residence hall room door every time you leave.
  • Do not prop open an exterior door to a Residence Hall.
  • Report broken locks, windows, and lights to Residence Life.
  • Never allow strangers onto your hall, in your room or in your apartment.  Report any suspicious person in the Residence Hall or by the entries.

REDUCING THE RISK OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

How You Present Yourself...

 

Don't walk alone, if at all possible.  Well-lit and well-traveled areas are best for walking and parking your car.  Always have house or vehicle keys ready.

Be aware of your surroundings, especially anything in your immediate vicinity and particularly behind you.

Exude confidence. The more confident you look, the stronger you seem which makes you less vulnerable in the eyes of others.

Feel Uncomfortable?

Trust your instincts.  Immediately leave any situation that feels unsafe or uncomfortable.

Don’t step on the elevator if something about the other person immediately makes you uneasy.  Take the next elevator.

Don't get too physically close to people asking for directions from a car, or in person.  Keep a safety gap between you and the other person.

Turn around and look at anyone you think is following you.

Go towards a known safe area, ask for help, or call the police.

First Date?

Verify name, address, vehicle information.

Meet in a public place.

Provide identifier information and date time/location to a friend.

Communicate Quickly?

Always carry a charged cell phone.

Keep a whistle or audible alarm on you.

At home...

Lock your doors and your windows anytime you leave even if it’s for a short time.

Do not open the door unless you know the person.

Alcohol and Drug Induced Sexual Assault...

Limit alcoholic drinks.

Avoid opened alcoholic beverages.  Open bottles yourself or observe the bartender.  Avoid drinking from punch bowls - you don't know what's been added.

If your beverage looks, smells or tastes strange don't drink it.  If you have to leave your drink unattended replace it with a new one.

Have a designated driver who can help you leave quickly if you start to feel light headed, drowsy or drunk. Never depend upon a stranger in this situation.
Use the buddy system: you keep an eye out on your friends and they keep an eye out on you.

Acquaintance?

Remember, studies show up to 85% of rape victims know their attacker.

 CLEARLY SAY NO.  Be very assertive in your statements.  If the subject continues to make sexual advances leave immediately and get help.  If not possible, scream or make any other loud noises by breaking glass, etc.

Self-Defense...

Take a self-defense class.  Know where to attack assailant: eyes, nose, throat, stomach, kneecaps, groin, etc.

 

Safety Education and Resources

New students are provided with safety information and a number of resources available to them through new student orientation.  This information is presented by multiple presenters representing the Department of Police and Public Safety, Residence Life, Health Services, Counseling, and their respective Art schools.  Design and Production and the Film School also conduct specific safety training relative to the students’ assigned work in these programs. 

Additionally, UNCSA conducts a Resource Fair for all students at the start of the year where representatives from these same Departments discuss safety and available student resources, as well as, distribute written safety literature. Topics covered in these forums include: relevant North Carolina Statutes, police services, personal safety and residence hall safety tips, alcohol and other drug use issues, risk reduction for sexual assaults, fire safety, emergency response instructions, students of concern protocol, internet safety, Rape Aggression Defense program, etc.  Students are told about crime on-campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods. 

UNCSA campus specific literature includes, but is not limited to:

· Student Orientation Police and Public Safety Handout
· Public Safety and Emergency Information Pocket Guide
· UNCSA School of the Arts Campus Safety and Security Handbook
· UNCSA Quick Reference Flipchart Emergency Response Guidelines  
· Domestic Violence Informational Brochure

The Counseling Center and Health Services both provide additional safety reference materials via website cites and links.  Various safety programs and safety one-on-one interventions are conducted annually on campus. Programming and interventions may be conducted (or sponsored) by Residence Life, Police and Public Safety, Counseling, Clinical Case Manager, Health Services, etc. 

 

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS 336 AREA CODE

UNCSA POLICE:

     EMERGENCY from any campus phone
                      from any non-campus phone

Dial “55”
770-3362

     Non-Emergency

770-3321

     Anonymous Crime Tip Line

770-1414

City of Winston-Salem: 

     Police, Fire, Medical Emergency

Dial “911”

     Police Non-Emergency

773-7700

UNCSA Counseling Center

770-3288

UNCSA Student Health

770-3288

Forsyth County Sexual Assault Crisis Line

722-4457

Center Point (Mental Health)

725-7777