Anyone can be a victim of crime. Most criminals select their victims based upon opportunity, usually seeking opportunities of crime as opposed to targeting a specific person. If you are a victim on campus, you should immediately report it to Public Safety
Remember... Stay calm. When you are reporting an emergency situation give concise, accurate answers to the 911 operator. Do not hang up until told to do so.
Public Safety phone number is 488-8344—on campus ext. 8344.
- Theft is one of the more prevalent crimes on campus. Thefts occur most often when property is left unattended or unsecured. Keep your belongings close to you or secured if you’re going to be away from them. For Non-emergency reporting, call ext. 8344 Public Safety.
- Sexual assault is an insidious crime that not only affects the victim, but all parties who hear about the attack. Sexual Assault victims should immediately report the incident. If injured, seek medical attention. For Non-emergency reporting, call ext. 8344 Public Safety. The victim should make every attempt to preserve the physical evidence of the assault. You should not shower or bathe, do not clean the scene of the assault, and do not dispose of or wash any clothing or other items.
- Harassment can be, and usually is, a crime directed specifically at you. It could be a problem with a personal relationship, or that someone felt offended during a brief encounter you had with him or her, or that you represent an organization that the actor has had a negative interaction with. For Non-emergency reporting, call ext. 8344 Public Safety. Harassment is more than just being annoyed at someone’s words or accusations. Given we work for an organization which provides a customer service; we are subject to persons being angry at what we do or not do. Sometimes we must deal with people venting their anger or frustration, but when that is displayed in a threatening, harassing, obscene, or violent manor, it’s harassment.
In part, by legal definition, harassment is when someone “strikes, shoves, kicks or otherwise subjects the other person to physical contact…” or threatens to do so, follows you “ in or about a public place”, “repeatedly commits acts which serve no legitimate purpose”, communicates to you in a lewd, threatening, or obscene manner, or repeatedly communicates in an anonymous manner. If you feel that someone’s conduct towards you rises to this level, call Public Safety.
Counseling Services: Remember, there are a variety of counseling services available to victims of crime. If you have been mentally or physically traumatized by an incident that occurred to you, there is help available.