Protecting Yourself on Campus

What you need to know about defending yourself while at college

by Published: Jun 15, 2013

What do you do if you feel unsafe?

The first thing to do is to be aware of your sur­round­ings. Keep your ears perked and your eyes open. When you feel unsafe, or if you feel like you are being watched or fol­lowed, call Ferris Department of Public Safety at ext. 2000 and request an escort.

DPS will escort stu­dents on cam­pus between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

WHAT if you are attacked?

Call out for help as loudly as pos­si­ble, and if you are able, use a phone or blue box to get help.

Emergency call boxes are located at var­i­ous loca­tions around cam­pus and are a direct line to the police. They have a dis­tinct blue light that shines out from the top and are painted blue.

The best thing to do is to take action before any­thing can hap­pen. Ferris fre­quently offers Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) classes that are open and avail­able for stu­dents. To get infor­ma­tion or sign up for the next avail­able class, call DPS at ext. 2000 and ask about the avail­abil­ity of classes.

WHEN am I most likely to be attacked?

When you are alone and in an area that is not heav­ily pop­u­lated by foot traf­fic, you are more likely to be attacked. You are also more likely to be attacked when the attacker has the advan­tage. More often than not, an attacker will choose a place with which they are familiar.

WHERE am I most likely to be attacked?

According to crime sta­tis­tics, two thirds of all assaults take place in your own home. Both sex­ual and phys­i­cal assaults are more likely to be per­pe­trated by some­one you know.

Who is more likely to be attacked?

According to the National Crime Clock, col­lege women are four times more likely to be sex­u­ally assaulted than non-college women. Knowing your risks can help you cur­tail your route. Taking a well-lit route home when walk­ing may pre­vent an attack and know­ing the area will help you should you need to flee.

How do I keep attack­ers out?

Security, espe­cially in res­i­dence halls or apart­ments, is a team effort that requires a few basic prin­ci­ples that all mem­bers of the house­hold or suite should follow.

Firstly, do not let strangers in behind you when enter­ing your build­ing. If some­one claims that they have lost or left behind their ID card or access card, walk away unless you know for sure that they live in the same build­ing that you do. Make sure to also call the res­i­dent advi­sor or super­vi­sor to let them know of the sus­pi­cious person.

Secondly, do not answer the door by your­self unless you know who it is. Opening the door to strangers may allow a poten­tial attacker inside your home or room. This applies espe­cially to deliv­ery or repair­men. If you or your room­mates are not expect­ing a pack­age or repair­man, do not let them in. n