"Be Safe" Personal Safety Plan
Be Safe Safety Tips
Personal Safety: General Tips
Campus Safety: Note: The University has placed more lights on campus to facilitate the movement of students, faculty, staff and visitors in a safer and more enjoyable way.
There are computer companies that will “Lo-Jack” your computer. See Campus Security for more information.
In Your Vehicle
Harassment and Stalking
Harassment can happen in many different ways and either gender can harass or be harassed. A person can be harassed by receiving letters and packages, by messages being left on answering machines and other voice mail systems, through e-mail and telephone calls. Also one person can harass another in person. South Carolina law defines harassment and stalking as two (2) separate offenses. If you feel that you are being harassed or stalked, report this immediately to Campus Security. Report it even if you are not sure you are being harassed.
Your safety and security is always the foremost importance for Campus Security and North Greenville University. Your life is precious and these instructions are provided to maximize your safety and the safety of others should a hostile situation occur. These instructions can not and do not cover every possible situation, but the implementation of these instructions can reduce the number of injures or deaths if implemented as soon as the situation arises. Time is the most important factor in the optimal management of these types of situations.
1. Do not panic; remain as calm and quiet as you possibly can. You must act in a rational manner for your safety and the safety of others. You cannot do this if you are panicking or paralyzed with fear.
2. Get to a safe place.
a. OUTSIDE: If you are outside, run away from the person(s) as fast as you can. Do not run in a straight line. Keep low and keep cars, bushes, trees and other things that can block the view of the intruder(s) between you and the intruder(s). Keep the assailant from seeing you. Get away from danger and hide.
b. INSIDE: Lock and barricade the door(s), turn off the lights, close and lock the windows and close blinds and/or curtains. Do not go into hallways or open foyers. Stay away from windows. Find a hiding place that has good cover where you are not in the view of any one and is not in the normal path people walk.
3. Call Campus Security at 977-7777. Do not call friends and other acquaintances. Call Campus Security and notify them as to the circumstances, exact location and any descriptions you can give. Stay on the phone until Campus Security instructs you to hang up. After contacting Campus Security, your efforts need to focus on staying safe.4. Three do not’s:
a. Do not be curious. Do not come out of hiding. Do not leave your secure room, unlock your door, or peak out of the window in order to find out what is happening. Stay put and stay out of sight.
b. Do not confront the assailant(s). Do not go looking for the assailant(s). This can cause confusion for Campus Security/law enforcement as they try to determine who the assailant is. You can hide, you can play dead or if safe, you can run away. If you are discovered, you might make the decision not to fight. Do not look at the intruder in the eyes. Do not appear to pose a threat. Be submissive. The last option is to fight back and is to be used only if there is no other option. Do whatever it takes to survive.
c. Do not sound the fire alarm or any other alarm.Alarms, like fire alarms, instruct people to evacuate a building. This action could send people into hallways and out of buildings to the hostile intruders.
5. If you have to move. The spot you have chosen to hide needs to be a good hiding place. A good hiding place will allow you to remain covered to others, especially the intruder. If you believe you must run out of your hiding place, do it. When you move, move quickly and decisively. Know where you are running. Do not run in a straight line and keep trees, cars, bushes and other items between you and the intruder.
6. Once Campus Security/law enforcement arrives on the scene, obey all their commands. This may include your being handcuffed or made to keep your hands in the air for an extended time. This is done for safety purposes. Once the situation is evaluated by Campus Security/law enforcement and it is determined to be safe for you to move they will give you further instructions. Follow their directions.