Safety Tips

Personal Safety

How to Avoid Attacks

  • Never walk alone. There is safety in numbers.
  • Stay in well-lit areas, and stay away from isolated areas.
  • Protect your valuables. Hold your purse or briefcase close and tightly. Do not carry your purse or pack on your shoulders or back.
  • Dress sensibly - don’t flaunt expensive jewelry. Tight pants, clogs and heels make escape difficult.

If You are Being Followed

  • Change direction, cross the street.
  • Keep looking back so the person knows you cannot be surprised.
  • Go to a well-lit area, enter a store, house, residence hall, classroom, or library – anywhere there are people.
  • Not characteristics of the person so that you can give a good description.
  • Call security as soon as you are safe.

If You are Attacked

  • Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
  • Yelling, hitting and biting may give you a chance to escape, but it could also lead to further harm.
  • Keep in mind that your goal is to escape safely. Cooperate with the attacker if your life is in danger.

If You are Held Up

  • Do not resist. No amount of money is worth taking chances with your life.
  • Do not take risks. You can never tell if a robber is armed.
  • Notify the Police Department immediately. Try to give a description that includes approximate age, height, weight, hair color, glasses, facial hair, skin tone, nose shape, vehicle used and other characteristics.

Preventing Sexual Assault

  • Keep your doors locked.
  • Do not let strangers in.
  • Do not prop doors or leave them unlocked for guests.

In Your Car

  • Keep doors locked while driving.
  • Park in well-lit areas if possible.
  • Check the back seat and around the care before getting in.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.

If You See a Suspicious Person

  • Do not approach the person yourself.
  • Call the Public Safety Office (ext. 8500) immediately.

If You Receive a Bomb Threat

  • Obtain as much information as possible!
  • Do not panic.
  • Ask for:
    - The location of the bomb.
    - The expected time of explosion.
    - The type of bomb.
  • Listen carefully to the caller’s voice and background noises.
  • Call the Public Safety Office (ext. 8500) immediately!


  • Call Public Safety whenever you suspect a crime has been or may be committed.
  • You do not need proof in order to call. 

Fire Safety

If You Discover or Suspect a Fire

  • Sound the nearest fire alarm and leave the building by via the nearest exit.
  • Call the fire department by dialing 911. Give as much information as possible.
  • DO NOT attempt to put the fire out, unless you are sure you can extinguish it.
  • DO NOT attempt to rescue others, unless you can do so safely. 

When You have been Alerted to a Fire

  • Keep low to the floor if there is smoke. Smoke inhalation kills more people than fire.
  • Feel the door with the back of your hand before opening. It if is not, do not open it! If it is now hot, open the door slightly. If there is heat or heavy smoke present, close the door and stay in the room.
  • Seal up any cracks around the door using the sheets, pieces of clothing, or whatever is handy (wet if possible). Then hang a noticeable object in the window to attract the fire department’s attention. If there is a phone, call the fire department. Be sure to give them your room number and location.

If There is No Heat or Smoke Outside Your Door

  • Close all doors as you exit.
  • Go to the nearest exit. If it is blocked, go to another exit.
  • Do not use any elevators.
  • If you find a stairway blocked, go to a higher floor, find a window and signal for help.
  • Move quickly in a crouched position to the nearest exit if the room or corridors are smoke-filled.
  • Place a wet towel over your head and face.
  • Breathe through your nose.
  • Cover your body with something that can be discarded easily if it caught fire. 

Fire Prevention

  • Smoking: WLC is smoke-free. This includes the residence halls and apartments. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas. Never leave a burning cigarette, cigar or pipe unattended.
  • Open Flames: Candles, halogen lamps, Bunsen Burners, incense, etc. are extremely hazardous and are NOT permitted in any residence hall or apartment.
  • Decorations: Decorations, fishnets, parachutes, sheets or other flammable items may not be hung from the ceiling. In a fire, these items act like fuel. Posters behind doors also burn and block the exit. Christmas trees are NOT permitted; they ignite like matches.
  • Electrical Abuses: Only one extension cord is allowed per outlet. The cords must be at least 16 gauge and cannot exceed 8 feet or be spliced in any way.
  • Appliances: Every appliance is designed for a specific use and location. Misuse of appliances can cause overheating which can lead to a fire. Popcorn poppers, coffee makers, hot pots, etc. are permitted with Automatic Shut-Off Only. Appliances should never be left unattended and should be unplugged after each use.
  • Hazardous Products: All waste should be properly disposed of as soon as possible. Gasoline, ether, paint, lighter fluid, etc. must not be stored in residential buildings.

Warning: Cooking appliances are designed for safe cooking in the kitchen, not your room.  Keep appliances away from drapes, papers, books, or stereos because they can ignite quickly. 

Room Safety

To Keep Your Room Safe from Thieves

  • Never prop doors open because anyone could walk in for any reason.
  • Leave a light on while you are gone so that your room will look occupied, and you will not return to a dark room.
  • Report any broken locks to Johnson Controls immediately.
  • Avoid leaving a note that says you are not in; it is like putting out a welcome mat for thieves.
  • Use a peephole to see who is at your door. If there is no peephole, ask who is there before opening the door. Never let strangers in; ask for identification before letting a repair person, security guards, etc. into your room.
  • Keep windows and doors locked. Even if you are sleeping or only leaving for a few minutes.
  • Do NOT hide a spare key outside your room or leave your key unattended.
  • Close blinds or curtains at night whether you are home or away, in order to prevent thieves from seeing in.


  • Take your valuables with you or lock them in a safe place when you leave for vacation or for the weekend.