Every community member has a responsibility to make conscientious choices regarding their own safety. The information contained on this page is intended to help you make informed decisions about your personal safety while on campus.
You have taken the first step by accessing the important information. Knowledge is a tool that will contribute to your safety awareness. It is also important to stay informed so remember to check back occasionally for new information, seminars, and safety alerts.
Please visit Fanshawe's Sexual Violence Support and Education website for information.
Make safety a habit
Develop what you learn into a habit that becomes second nature. This helps to build confidence and confidence is the best tool for overcoming anxiety.
You may want to consider including some changes into your daily routine:
- Avoid isolation. Travel with a friend or where you know there will be lots of people. If it's late or no one else is going in your direction, call your friends at Foot Patrol. They'll be happy to make sure you get to your destination.
- Avoid short cuts, remote areas and poorly lit locations. The extra time it might take to avoid these areas is well worth it.
- Be aware of your surroundings. Walk with your head up.
- Be aware of the Campus Emergency Phones, their locations and how to use them.
- Report suspicious or unusual behaviour immediately. Even if you are not sure if there is cause for concern, trust your instincts and call Campus Security Services.
- Be alert. Have your keys ready before you enter your residence or vehicle. Keep your personal belongings close by and secure.
- Let your family or roommates know your plans and expected time of return. A phone call saying you will be late will prevent unnecessary worrying. People care about you - be considerate.
- If you have a cell phone, always bring it with you and make sure the battery is fully charged. If you don't have a cell phone consider purchasing one. Program the Campus Security Services phone number into your phone book, just in case you need help on campus and can't get to a landline.
- It is generally not advisable to carry anything that could be used as a weapon. It could easily be taken away and used against you.
- Personal safety alarms and whistles can be a benefit in attracting attention and possible assistance in an emergency, if they are heard. If you have one of these devices, make sure it is accessible and working properly.
- Alcohol consumption can greatly increase your vulnerability. If you decide to drink, designate someone in your group to remain sober to ensure that everyone gets home safely. In fairness, take turns being the designated person.
- Trust your intuition. If a situation or person makes you feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, go with your feelings. Immediately remove yourself from the area or person.
- Never prop open an outside door even if you are expecting someone to join you later. You can't control who comes in after you and there are some people we're trying to keep out that you don't want to encounter.