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Safety Tips for Preventing Crime or Harassment

Safety Tips for Preventing Crime or Harassment

Campus Safety Office

Safety Tips for Preventing Crime or Harassment

  •  DO NOT leave any items in your parked vehicle that you do not wish to give away. If necessary, they may be locked in the trunk out of view.
  • ALWAYS try to walk in groups of two or more at night if possible. Walk in well-lighted areas and avoid shortcuts through dark, isolated spots. Carry a whistle attached to your keys for use in warding off an assailant or obtaining attention to your problem. Wear clothing that will allow you maximum mobility.
  • ALWAYS be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be alert! If you are being followed, head quickly toward an area of safety such as an open building, other people or go to a telephone or "blue light phone" to call for help.
  • REMEMBER that the "blue light" phone poles are placed around the campus for use in emergency situations.Blue Phone picture Immediately report any suspicious persons or situations to the Campus Safety Department by "blue light phone" or by calling 394-8114 or 911. Pay close attention to physical appearance and clothing so an accurate description can be provided. Observe where they go and obtain a license number and vehicle description if a vehicle is involved. Your failure to do so may allow a crime to occur!
  • IF YOU SHOULD OBSERVE a "SERIOUS EMERGENCY or hear and see a "FIRE ALARM" (horns and flashing lights) or Smell Smoke or See a Fire.......
  • PLEASE call 9-1-1 first then call (715)394-8114 to let us know about the situation (if time permits), otherwise evacuate the area after calling 9-1-1 and let Superior Police Department Dispatch contact us. (This will save time for Emergency Response Teams as needed.)
  • DO NOT leave your office or room unlocked, or any valuable items in plain view when your door is open, even when you leave for just a few minutes. Isn't it easier to invest a few seconds in taking personal responsibility for the physical security of your belongings, than to spend time later filling out a theft report and replacing your property? (Money is lost forever.) When leaving your office or room for the day make sure that all windows are closed and locked, all valuables and keys are secured in locked areas and all desks, files and doors are locked. Keep a record of serial numbers, brand names, receipts and descriptions of valuable items. An engraver is available for you to borrow from the Campus Safety Department Office.
  • REMEMBER that Physical Security is everyone's responsibility!
  • ALWAYS use your door viewer when answering a knock on your door; the person on the other side might not be your friend!
  • NEVER, when working after normal hours, prop open an entrance door for someone who is expected to join you later. Do not allow any unknown person to enter with you. Ensure that the room that you are working in has a locked entry door and a telephone. You may also contact a Campus Safety Officer to escort you to and from where you will be working alone.
  • ALWAYS secure your bicycle with a good quality locking device to a stationary bicycle stand.
  • ALWAYS avoid leaving wallets, purses, money, jewelry, backpacks coats, books, etc. unattended in athletic facilities, libraries, lounges, food service areas, class rooms, laboratories, etc. If possible, secure your property elsewhere or take it with you even if you only leave for a few minutes.

 From "Campus Safety & Student Development" March/April 2001:

Club Drugs, Date-Rape Drugs, and Efforts at Control:  Federal Laws Targeting Date Rape Drugs

  • 1996 Act. In response to the dangers posed by date rape drugs, Congress passed the "Drug-Induced Rape Prevention and Punishment Act of 1996." (21 U.S.C. 841(b)(7).) The Act provides criminal penalties of up to 20 years imprisonment for distribution of a controlled substance, such as Rohypnol, with the intent to commit a crime of violence, including rape. The sentencing guidelines base the range on the offender's actions as they relate to the crime of violence, rather than the range for the distribution of the drug, which would be much lower since the quantity of the drug involved would be quite small. The Act may provide state prosecutors, whose individual state laws may not offer similar penalties targeted at this type of offense involving drugs, with what may be a more desirable alternative for prosecution.


  • 2000 Act. As law enforcement and legislative attention focused on Rohypnol, reports of abuse using GHB surfaced:
  1. In 1996, a La Porte, Texas, teenager died after GHB was slipped into the soft drink she thought was safe during a visit to a club with friends. At the time of her death, Hillory J. Farias was a 17-year-old varsity volleyball player and model student.
  2. While at a small party with a few friends in 1999, Samantha Reid, a 15-year-old high school student from a suburb of Detroit, was given a drink containing GHB, not knowing that the drug was present. She died a few hours later from the effects of GHB.
  • In January 2000, Congress passed the Hillory J. Farias and Samantha Reid Date-Rape Drug Prohibition Act of 2000. (P.L. 106-172.) The Act adds GHB to Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act, indicating that it has a high potential for abuse, while placing Ketamine, another club drug, on Schedule III. The placement of GHB on schedule 1, along with such drugs as heroin and LSD, expanded the power of law enforcement efforts aimed at control and prosecution.
  • The Act also required the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to submit reports on incidents of date-rape drug abuse on a yearly basis, and with assistance from the Attorney General, develop a plan for a national campaign to educate the public on the dangers of date-rape drugs.

Facts on Rohypnol and Ecstasy (MDMA)


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