Shawnee State University is concerned about the safety
and welfare of all campus members and guests, and is committed to
providing a safe and secure environment. Security measures are
employed to ensure that all persons on campus enjoy their time at
Shawnee State University as free as possible from any threats to their
safety or well being. We have provided several crime prevention
tips which should help make your stay on campus more enjoyable.
Personal safety begins with personal responsibility
Take an active
role in your own safety and the safety of the campus community.
Whether you are a student or an employee, learn to be observant and
aware of your surroundings. Report suspicious activity or behavior
to Campus Security (351-3232). If you witness a crime, do not
hesitate to call Campus Security (351-3232) or dial 911 for emergency
services. If you can safety do so, make notes of the incident,
descriptions of individuals or vehicles involved.
Do not assume someone else has reported the incident.
Know how to contact Campus Security or Police
Know the emergency number for campus police and security
(351-3232 emergency, 351-3243 non-emergency) or the Portsmouth Police
Department (911 emergency, 353-4101 non-emergency).
numbers near your home phone and
program emergency phone numbers into your personal cell phone.
Learn where the campus emergency telephones (Blue
Light Telephones) are located on campus and learn how to use them.
Learn where other emergency telephones are located through out campus
buildings. See Blue Light locations on
Register for SSU Alerts for notifications of campus emergencies or crime
alerts to your cell phone or e-mail. (See
Participate in campus emergency or safety programs being offered, (Operation
Safety Escort) and
other training programs offered through various University offices for
personal safety and awareness.
Walking around campus
Familiarize yourself of the layout of the campus.
Survey the campus while classes are in session and after dark to see
that academic buildings, walkways, facilities, and parking lots are
adequately secured and well-lighted.
Plan the safest route to your
destination; choose well-lighted, busy walkways and streets.
your class schedule with parents and trusted friends and give them your
At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever
possible and avoid alley ways or "short cuts" through isolated areas.
Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
Department of Public Safety's -
Safety Escort service at night.
Know where the emergency call
boxes (blue light phones) are located on campus and learn how to use
If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest
business or home; knock on the door, and request someone call campus
security or police. Note the description of the person following you.
Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential
Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what
time you expect to return.
Stay alert to your surroundings and the
people around you.
Carry your purse close to your body and keep a
firm grip on it; carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or your
front pant pocket.
Keep your keys separate from your purse or
Don't overload yourself with bags or packages
with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.
In the residence halls
Always lock your door; even when you are sleeping, or
just going next door or across the hall.
Do not allow strangers to
enter your room or your complex. Do not open your door for persons
you do not know.
Do not let unknown individuals "tailgate;" ask who
they are visiting and offer to call campus security.
Do not prop any exterior doors open to allow unescorted visitors
into the residence hall (pizza delivery, friends, etc.).
or stolen residence hall keys immediately to your residence hall staff.
Report any malfunctioning locks, doors or windows to residence hall
Do not leave your keys lying around in your room when you are
not in the room.
Do not leave messages on your door about when you
will be returning to your room.
Tell a roommate or friend if you are
planning to be away overnight or for a few days.
suspicious persons or activities (including solicitors) in or near your
residence hall to your residence hall staff, campus security or police.
Secure your valuables and engrave your property with identifying
information. (Participate in
lock your doors and windows at night, especially if you reside on the
first or second floor.
Do not leave your identification, keys,
wallets, checkbooks, or other valuables in open view.
Get to know
your RA, residence life staff, and neighbors.
Safe walking, jogging or running
Plan your route in advance and walk/jog/run in
Go with a known companion if possible.
Don't wear jewelry or carry cash.
or dimly lighted areas.
Avoid going after dark.
Always face the
If you're being followed, cross the street or change
directions; keep looking back and get a good description of the person.
If you're still being followed, go to the nearest house or business
and call the police.
Wear bright colors in improve visibility.
Change your route and schedule.
Avoid bushes where a person could
Take a key with you; do not leave your house or room unlocked;
someone could be watching to see when you are not home.
cell phone, a whistle or shrill alarm to summon help. Enter
emergency contact numbers under
ICE on your phone.
Do not wear
headphones/earphones for an IPod, walkman, etc.
Automatic teller machines (ATM)
Try to use ATM's during daylight hours. If you must go
at night, do not go alone.
Avoid ATM's that are not well lit or
clearly visible from the street.
Be aware of people loitering or
sitting in cars around ATM's.
Prepare your transactions ahead of
time. Do not spend much time at the machine.
Do not give out
Personal Identification Numbers (PIN) to anyone! Many thieves will
attempt to steal your PIN number by calling you on the phone and
claiming they are the police, security officers or bank officers.
Memorize it and do not keep a written copy of it in your wallet.
Either keep your ATM receipt of tear it up and throw it away.
Obscene and annoying phone calls
Hang up as soon as you realize the nature of the call.
Do not try to find out who the caller is, even if you think it is a
friend playing a joke.
Use your answering
machine or voice mail to screen or record the calls.
calls occur frequently, keep a log of exactly when the call was received
and what was said. Describe the type of voice and note any
Consider changing your phone number and
depersonalizing your answering machine message.
Place ads with caution. When placing an ad in a newspaper, use a
newspaper or post office box number if possible. If you must use
your phone number, do not list your address. Crank callers are
avid readers of the classified ads.
Never volunteer your number to
an unknown caller. This is an invitation to call again. If
your number is the wrong number, the caller does not need to know your
Considering moving off-campus?
How safe will your commute be to campus?
security or police patrol the grounds or buildings?
Is an intercom
system used or are peek holes installed in doors?
Are adjacent properties maintained?
are the locks and doors?
How often are the locks changed?
there dead bolts on the exterior door?
Is parking adequate and safe?
Are there secluded or dark areas near the buildings?
Is there a
Neighborhood Watch program?
Is there adequate fire safety detection
and an evacuation system in place?
If you live off campus and are leaving for the
Lock doors and windows securely.
telephone ringers down low so a burglar won't be alerted to your absence
by its ringing.
Make your house/apartment look occupied; have a
friend or neighbor pick up your mail and newspaper, set television and
lights on a timer, leave blinds, shades, and curtains in their normal
Leave your weekend/vacation phone number, address, and
itinerary with a trusted friend so you can be reached in case of an