20 Personal Safety Tips for Today's College Student
- Never run alone.
Walk or run with a friend. Tell others where you are. Write or leave word of the direction of your run. Tell friends and family of your favorite running routes. UB Students, call the SBI Safety Services at (716) 829-2584 for more information on their safety escort services.
- Wear bright colors
Wear reflective material if you must run before dawn or after dark.
- Be alert to your surroundings and the people near you.
Practice memorizing license plates or identifying characteristics of strangers. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you are.
- Vary your route.
Run in familiar areas. In unfamiliar areas, contact a local RRCA club or running store. Know where open businesses or stores are located in case of emergency.
- Stay in Well-Lit areas
Leave lights on in entry ways when you go out. Avoid poorly lit areas, especially at night
- Avoid unpopulated areas
Run/walk close to the curb and stay away from parked cars, bushes or doorways where an attacker can hide. Avoid shortcuts through parks, vacant lots, and other deserted places. In the residence halls, avoid being in the laundry rooms alone at night.
- Run/walk assertively and with confidence.
An attacker looks for someone who appears vulnerable. Look directly at others and be observant, but keep your distance and keep moving.
- Do not use earphones while walking, driving, or bicycling.
Your ears may help you avoid dangers your eyes may miss during evening or early morning runs.
- If followed, walk quickly to well-lit, populated areas.
If followed by a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction. If strangers telephone or come to your door, do not admit that you are alone.
- Be Prepared with Self Defense tools
Personal alarms or noisemakers may help deter an attempted assault. Get training in self-defense.
- Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call.
Know the locations of call boxes and telephones along your regular route.
- Trust your intuition about a person or an area.
Even if you're unsure - if something tells you a situation is not "right", it isn't.
- Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.
Cross at crosswalks and don't hitchhike or accept rides from strangers
- Carry identification
Write your name, phone number, and blood type on the inside sole of your running shoe. Include any medical information.
- Do not leave valuables unattended or visible in your car.
Don't keep your social security or passport in your purse or wallet. Keep your wallet on your person as opposed to in a bag.
- Don't share pin numbers, keys or your UB Card with anyone.
- Don't invite people into your room unless you know them fairly well.
- Do not prop open locked residence hall doors. Lock your doors when going to bed or leaving, even if it is for a short time.
- Have a plan before you go to a party.
Leave with friends - never with someone you just met. Don't leave your drink unattended while at a party or club and avoid punch where you don't know the contents.
- Ignore verbal harassment.
Use discretion in acknowledging strangers.
- For all emergencies on UB campuses call 645-2222. Or call 911.
CALL POLICE IMMEDIATELY if something happens to you or someone else, or you notice anyone out of the ordinary. It is important to report incidents immediately.
To report problems or concerns or for more information: (Area code: 716)
- University Police: 645-2222
- Counseling Services: 645-2720
- Health Services: 829-3316
- Student Life: 645-2055
- Campus Living: 645-2171
- UB Student Affairs: 645-2982
- SBI Health Education - SBI Safety Services Walking Escorts & Van Services: 829-2584
Personal Safety Programs at UBThe following personal safety programs are held at University at Buffalo. Most programs are geared toward UB students - those open to faculty/staff (f/s) and the Western New York (wny) community are indicated.
All new UB students are required to participate in AlcoholEDU® a three-hour, on-line, science-based course that will help you think about your choices about alcohol.
SBI Safety Services
UB Health & Human Services and University Police coordinate student employees to provide van escort service to persons wishing to travel up to 1.5 miles from the south campus.
Contact: Jane Fischer, Director of the Anti-Rape Task Force
(716) 829-2584 ext. 22
Bike Path Campus Watch Volunteer Program
A joint program between UB's University Police and Communications Department. Student volunteers are trained to conduct safety patrols of the UB North Campus area of the Amherst Bike Path. These volunteers are available to escort people and report anything out of the ordinary.
Contact: Dr. Cassata, Associate Professor, Communication Dept.
Operation Doorhanger (wny)
Each year, a contingent of UB student volunteers distribute printed doorhangers to homes in University Heights to promote safety in the neighborhood around UB's South Campus.
University Police conducts Night Host and Door Locking programs in the Residence Halls and the Medical School and offers a University Police Aide Escort Program.
Women's Safety and Sexual Assault Prevention Programs
University Police conducts programs dealing with the issues of Women's Safety, Date and Acquaintance Rape and Sexual Assault Prevention.
Available to all students, faculty and staff from University Police to protect valuables with a permanent inscribed ID number that is accessible by police departments nationwide.
Crime Prevention Workshops
University Police Officers participate in Safety Fairs and staff information tables to promote crime prevention, home security and personal safety. They educate students, faculty and staff about steps they can take to protect their homes, property, and selves.
Counseling & Wellness Programs
UB students have access to weekly counseling groups that help with concerns both large and small, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, chemical use, assault or abuse, sexual identity, relationship conflicts, grief, academic stress, and family issues.
Contact: Liz Snider, Counseling Services
Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
SHAC is a student organization, representing all facets of the student body, that promotes health-related issues on campus. The Council is the liaison between students and the Student Wellness Team.
645-2222 and Blue Light Phones
Call University Police for all on-campus emergencies at: 716-645-2222 from a cell phone or from a CAMPUS PHONE, or pick up any emergency blue light phone.
Emergency planning at UB
The University at Buffalo has in place an "All Hazards Emergency Response" plan that coordinates the University's reaction to such incidents as weather emergencies, fire, utility failure, infectious disease, hazardous material incident, demonstrations, active shooter/hostage incidents, structural collapse, major crimes, terrorist attack, bomb threat (or actual detonation) and more.
The University Biosafety Committee and Environment, Health & Safety are responsible for the safe conduct of biological and biomedical research at UB. To safely use biological material, all researchers must register and receive written approval from the appropriate University oversight committee.
UB's Chemical Hygiene Plan is managed by Environment, Health & Safety, including inspection of fume hoods. EH&S will pick up and dispose of campus-generated chemical waste in the most economical and environmental sound manner possible, consistent with current regulatory guidelines.
EH&S Fire & Life Safety can help UB departments with building emergency plans, will train staff on the use of fire extinguishers, and provide guidance in all areas of fire and life safety.
UB's Environment, Health & Safety (EHS) department provides a campus-wide radiation protection program to ensure safe use of radioactive materials and radiation producing equipment at the University at Buffalo.
Life & Academic Support
Blake Academic Success Center
Located in Millard Fillmore Academic Center. Open to all UB students, but particularly designed to support first-year students. Offers drop-in tutoring and study space.
Faculty/Staff training for dealing with Students with Disabilities
Call Accessibility Resources for dates/times for 09/10 sessions or for materials.
Life & Learning Workshops (LL)
Life & Learning Workshops is UB's central resource for workshops that support student success in the classroom and beyond. Workshops are taught by UB faculty and staff and are free to UB students.
Contact: Sonia Marinaccio, Special Events
UB Late Night
Late Night UB is a series of fun activities for UB students who live on- or off-campus. Programs that qualify as late night start after 9 pm. Programs are free to UB students.
Getting Around Campus
1620 Campus Advisory Radio Station
UB-Alert 1620 AM broadcasts up to the minute messages regarding campus parking, transportation, special events and emergency situations 24 hours a day. Messages can be heard in a five-mile radius of both campuses.
Buffalo Transportation Inc. is the University's Campus Cash partner. Buffalo Transportation accepts cash or Campus Cash and will take you any place in the metro area including the airport and bus station. More information is available at www.myubcard.com.
UB strives to provide sufficient and timely inter- and intra-campus transportation for students, faculty, and staff. The UB Stampede provides connecting bus service between the North and South Campuses. Shuttle services provide a convenient way to get around campus and access to local supermarkets and malls.
Snow Route Reporting for students, faculty, staff with disabilities
Each fall and winter, students are able to call the Snow Removal Hotline at any time to report snow-related obstacles on either UB campus. UB will rectify problems as soon as possible.