Personal Safety on Campus

  • Dial 607-436-3550 or 911 in the event of an emergency on campus.
  • Campus blue light emergency phones are a direct link to University Police. View a map of the locations of campus blue light emergency phones.
  • Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Report any suspicious activity to University Police.
  • Do not leave doors to buildings propped open.
  • Secure your residence by locking all windows and doors.
  • Avoid deserted or poorly lit places, especially at night. Walk with a friend, stay with a group or call the University Police/Oneonta State Emergency Squad Safety Escort Program at 607-436-3550.
  • If you are in an isolated area (e.g., working or studying alone in a room or office) lock the doors when you’re alone and tell a friend where you are and when you plan to leave. Or call UPD for an escort when you leave.
  • Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars, at night.
  • Be alert and walk purposefully. Displaying confidence can help keep you safe.
  • If someone follows you, go to a place where there are other people. Be prepared to scream “NO!” loudly and run away if threatened. Call UPD or 911 as soon as you can.
  • Respect your intuition. Trust your gut or “sixth sense” – it could protect you from danger. Call UPD if you are ever concerned or worried.
  • Take a self-defense course.
  • Always use the buddy system.
  • Don’t leave things unattended in public, keep personal belongings in your view at all times.

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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