A Common Sense Approach to Personal Safety & Travel
Campus and Dorm Safety
- Never prop doors.
- Keep windows locked, especially if on the ground floor, or adjacent to fire escapes.
- Do not give your keys or ID/keycard to anyone.
- Do not let strangers into your residence hall.
- Report lost keys or ID/keycard to Security immediately.
- Lock room doors when leaving, if only for a short time.
- Always keep valuables stored out of sight.
- Lock bicycles with a quality lock.
- Always use the buddy system at night. Stay away from areas of the campus that are not well lit, if possible.
- Use the Randolph College Security escort service. Dial 0 on campus phones or use emergency phones. Dial 434-947-8000 on your cell phone.
- Be aware of emergency phone locations on campus.
- If possible, do not wait at the GLTC shuttle stop alone.
- Male visitors are to be escorted at all times within dorm areas.
- Always report suspicious activity on campus to Security by dialing 0 from any campus phone, or use emergency phones. Dial 434-947-8000 on your cell phone.
DORM FIRE SAFETY
- In the event of a fire alarm sounding in a dorm, all students are required to immediately leave the dorm in an orderly fashion, and report to their designated meeting area, so that a count can be made.
- Room keys should be taken with the student, if possible.
- Always be aware of fire extinguisher and fire alarm box locations in dorm hallways.
- There should be no burning of any kind (i.e. incense) in a dorm room.
- Never overload electrical outlets, and use extension cords properly.
Joggers and Walkers
- Avoid jogging alone at night, if possible.
- Wear clothes that are easily visible, or reflective.
- Make sure your route is known to someone on campus.
- Always avoid dimly lit or dark streets.
- Do not jog with valuables of any kind, and always carry an ID.
- Wearing headphones adds a dangerous risk.
- Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
- On public streets or in parking lots, if you are harassed by the occupants of a car, turn away and walk in the opposite direction.
- If a driver of a car stops to ask you for directions, avoid getting near the car. If you become uneasy, walk or run away from the vehicle in the opposite direction that the car is facing.
- If you feel that you are in danger, yell, scream, or make any other noise as loud as possible.
Driving and Travel Tips
- Have your keys ready before approaching your car.
- Always check the back seat and floorboard.
- Enter quickly and lock the doors.
- Keep car doors locked.
- Use your seat belt.
- Check your rear view and side mirrors frequently.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Observe posted speed limits.
- Obey traffic signs and signals.
- Signal your intentions.
- If possible, travel on well lighted streets, and avoid back roads and shortcuts.
- Do not pick up hitchhikers.
- If you feel you are being followed, drive to the nearest open business for help or drive to the Police or Fire Station.
- If you experience car trouble, turn on your emergency flashers and stay in your car, with doors locked.
- When assistance is offered, roll down the window only a couple of inches. If you are not carrying a cellular phone, ask them to contact the police for you. Otherwise, stay locked in the vehicle until police or someone you know arrives.
- After dark, park in well lighted areas.
- When parking in a parking garage, be aware of the location of elevators, entrances and exits.
- Get accurate directions to your destination(s).
- Keep track of personal belongi