Guidelines and Recommendations


On the street

  • Don’t walk alone after dark.

  • Be alert! Look around you. Be aware of who is on the street and in the area. Make
    it difficult    for anyone to take you by surprise. (Blaring stereos, wearing headphones,
    radios, etc., make you vulnerable to surprise.)

  • Whenever possible, it’s a good idea to “dress for safety.” Unlike “dressing for success,”
    this means wearing loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes that make walking
    and running easier.

  • Stay on populated, well-lit streets.

  • If you think someone is following you, turn around and check; the surprise of a hostile
    look or aggressive word might change a potential attacker’s mind. You can also head
    for people, lights, traffic, or run and scream. Yelling “fire” may get more results
    than yelling for “help.”

  • If a car follows you or stops, change directions. Walk or run toward people, stores,
    or a house if necessary.

  • On frequently-traveled routes, note the location of emergency telephones or call boxes
    in public garages and parking lots before you ever need them.

  • If you are near a public phone, call the Southeastern Louisiana University Police
    at (985) 549-2222 or 911 whenever you feel that you are in danger.

  • Take self defense classes.


After dark on campus

  • Always follow well-lit paths and stay out of shadows.

  • Walk with a group whenever possible.

  • Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and when you expect to return. Do not
    post this information on the outside of your door.

  • If you must walk through the campus alone at night, call the Southeastern Louisiana
    University Police at (985) 549-2222 and request an escort.

  • Avoid isolated places, both day and night. If you must work or study alone on weekends
    or holidays in offices, labs, or out-of-the-way places, lock the doors and tell a
    friend and the Southeastern Louisiana University Police where you are.

  • Park your car in well-lit areas and as close as possible to your destination.

In an apartment or house

  • Ask local police to conduct a safety check of your home. This service is free.

  • Install good locks in doors and windows. Door chains are unsafe, so use deadbolts
    for greater security.

  • Never put personal identification tags on your key ring. Your lost key ring will be
    of no value to a criminal unless she/he can find the locks that your keys fit.

  • Never advertise that you are not at home. Answering machine messages should never
    include statements like “I’m not at home now…”

  • Likewise, never advertise that you are home alone.

  • Pull shades or curtains after dark.

  • If you let someone in and then have second thoughts, pretend that you are not alone.

  • List last name and initials only on mailbox, doors, in the phone book, etc.

  • Don’t give out information about yourself or make appointments with strangers over
    the phone.

  • Get together with a first-time date, study partner, etc., in a public place.

  • Make sure that hallways, entrances, garages, and grounds are well-lit. Use timers
    or photo-sensitive devices.

  • When away from home at night, or if you expect to return after dark, leave an interior
    light on in a room or two with the shades drawn.

  • Never open the door without first checking to see who is there. Repair persons, salespeople,
    police, and survey takers carry identification. Ask to see it before letting them
    in. If someone wants to use your phone, offer to make the call while he/she waits

  • Leave your spare house key with a friend, not under the doormat, in a flower box,

On a date

  • Acquaintance and date rape occurs more frequently on college campuses than does rape
    by strangers.

  • A recent survey found that 25 percent of all female college students surveyed were
    victims of rape or attempted rape, and that 84 percent of those raped knew their attackers.

  • In another survey, more than 30 percent of the male college students admitted to using
    force or emotional pressure to obtain sex.

  • Dates must communicate clearly with each other. Explicit consent should be obtained/granted
    before sexual activity begins. If an acquaintance or date initiates sexual activity,
    clearly indicate whether or not you wish this activity to continue. Give or deny consent.

The friendly stranger

  • Many attacks start with casual conversation. The attacker is sizing up the situation
    to see how easily intimidation can be applied. If you are polite and friendly, the
    attacker may proceed to intimidate you.

  • Although most people would recognize something strange about an encounter long before
    intimidation would begin, many ignore their intuition because they don’t want to be
    unfriendly or suspicious.

  • Trust your instincts! If your gut reaction to a person (stranger or acquaintance)
    makes you uneasy, get out of the situation as quickly as possible, even it if means
    being rude, making a scene, or feeling foolish.


Unauthorized personnel

As a member of the University community, you will become familiar with the people
who should normally be within your work/study area.
Whenever you observe someone acting suspiciously or a person who is obviously out
of place:

  • Try to obtain a general description of the individual.

  • Call the Southeastern Louisiana University Police at (985) 549-2222 and make them
    aware of your suspicions.

  • An officer will be dispatched to investigate the situation.


In the car

  • Park in well-lit areas at night. If it is essential to your safety, park wherever

  • Walk to your car with your key ready.

  • Check beneath the car and in the back seat before you get in to make sure that no
    one is hiding there.

  • While driving, keep the doors locked at all times so that a person can’t jump in at
    a red light.

  • Keep enough gas for emergencies.

  • Note the location of telephones so you are familiar with their location before you
    need them.

  • If you are followed by another car, drive to a police or fire station, hospital emergency
    entrance, or any open business or gas station. Do not go home or to a friend’s house.
    If necessary, call attention to yourself. If your car breaks down far away from help,
    stay in your car with your doors locked and windows closed. Ask people who stop to
    call the local police, your automobile club, or a friend or family member. Do not
    ride with strangers.

  • If your car breaks down on campus or you lock your keys inside your car, call the
    University Police for motorist assistance.

  • If your car fails for any reason, wait in your car for police help. Emergency police
    signal banners and windshield sun shades are available which can be displayed in your
    rear window to alert other drivers to your need for assistance. These items can be
    purchased in almost any grocery, auto or drug store. Few potential attackers will
    approach you if they know that the police have been called. Stay in your car, lock
    your doors, and wait for safe help.

  • Police officers and tow truck drivers carry identification. Do not unlock your car
    door or exit your vehicle until they show you their identification through the glass
    of your closed window.


  • Hitchhiking is dangerous. We urgently recommend that you never hitch a ride.


Online identity theft and internet scams

  •  The following publication will help if you have any questions about online safety.
    Please click on the link “Tip Card” below;