Personal Safety on Campus

  • Be alert and walk purposefully. Displaying confidence may deter an attack.
  • Be prepared to scream “NO!” loudly and run away if threatened.
  • Avoid deserted or poorly lit places, especially at night. Walk with a friend, stay with a crowd or call the University Police/Oneonta State Emergency Squad Safety Escort Program at 607-436-3550.
  • Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars, asking for directions. It’s better to be rude than in danger.
  • If someone follows you, go to a place where there are other people.
  • Respect your intuition. Don’t allow rationality to override your “sixth sense” – it could protect you from danger.
  • Take a self-defense course.
  • If consuming alcohol, make sure to remain aware of your situation and surroundings.
  • Always use the buddy system.
  • Campus Blue phones are a direct link to University Police.

This preparedness guide for students, faculty, staff and visitors has been provided to you by SUNY Oneonta. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with how SUNY Oneonta plans for emergencies, and to improve your understanding of emergency preparedness and response. This guide is based on presently available information, as well as current federal- and state-recommended protective actions. In every situation, common sense and awareness of personal safety should take precedence over any action described in this guide.

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