Wilkes University

More Safety Tips

Safety Tips For Students, Faculty and Staff

Personal Safety

  • Carry your student ID at all times and cooperate with University officials asking you to identify yourself.
  • Look around, with your head up and pay attention to your surroundings. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Do not invite unfamiliar individuals into campus facilities.
  • Always lock your car and/or bicycle.
  • When entering and exiting a secure campus facility, close the door behind you and make sure it is locked.
  • When entering your building, don't let strangers in. If an individual pushes past you, contact Public Safety immediately. This activity, called "tailgating," can admit potentially dangerous individuals to the building. By preventing tailgating, you help protect everyone in your building.
  • Never prop doors open. When you do so, you risk the security of everyone in your building.
  • Never carry your Wilkes ID card on the same key ring as your room key. If you lose your Wilkes ID card, call Public Safety as soon as possible.
  • Always lock your room or apartment door, even when you are home.
  • Never open your door to anyone you don’t know.
  • Keep windows locked when you are not home or sleeping.
  • Keep emergency numbers stored in your cell phone as well as by the landline telephone and refrigerator.
  • Know your neighbors. Choose someone to call in case of emergency.
  • Always tell someone where you are going, who you are going with and when you plan to return.
  • Travel with trusted friends. Watch out for each other and don’t let a group member wander off alone or with someone unknown.
  • Stay in public view. Don’t let someone get you in a secluded location.
  • When walking, stay in a well-lit area.
  • Avoid traveling alone after dark.
  • Do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables to campus and keep anything of value out of sight.
  • Keep a record of your credit card numbers and contact numbers for the issuers. Record serial numbers from computers, laptops, printers, televisions and other valuables.
  • Do not leave computers, iPods, textbooks and other valuables in public areas such as study rooms while you take breaks or use the restrooms.
  • Do not leave a note on your door listing when you will be there.

Social Setting Safety Tips

  • Be cautious of beverages served from punch bowls. Open your drinks yourself. Never share drinks or leave your beverage unattended. If you lose sight of your drink, discard it.
  • Clearly communicate your boundaries. If you are not interested in spending time with someone or engaging in sexual activity, express your feelings. If someone ignores your boundaries, be assertive and focus on getting away.
  • Be respectful. If a person is not interested in spending time with you, do not pursue the situation. If you are uncertain whether someone wants to engage in sexual activity, then you should stop and ask her/him how s/he feels before proceeding further. Do not make assumptions and take silence as a “yes.”
  • Be aware that alcohol consumption decreases awareness. It is best to stay lucid so that you can react and respond to potential threats or people.
  • Program emergency contacts into your cell phone on speed dial. Then if you are in ever a compromising situation, you can discreetly place a call.
  • If an incident occurs, get assistance immediately.
  • Do not engage in or allow anyone in your presence to engage in sexual behavior with a highly intoxicated, high or unconscious individual. If you believe that a person is unable to give consent at that time, or that they are being coerced into a sexual act, request that the activity cease. If the situation persists, contact the police.
  • Be sure that at least one person is identified as the designated driver.
  • If at any point, you or a friend feels disoriented or unusually intoxicated for what you have consumed, leave the bar or party immediately. Get medical help if necessary.