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Online Safety

Online safety and awareness are imperative, especially on a large college campus. Before meeting up with someone you met on the internet, be sure to follow the safety tips below to help protect yourself.

Safety Tips

General Tips

  • Avoid connecting with suspicious online profiles
  • Block and report suspicious online profiles and users
  • Check out your potential date on social media before meeting in person
  • Wait to share personal information
  • Do not respond to requests for financial help

When Meeting in Person

  • Video chat before meeting in person
  • Tell a friend where you are going
  • Do not rely on your date for transportation
  • Meet in a public place, including a coffee shop, restaurant or bar
  • Enlist the help of a bartender or waiter in an uncomfortable situation
  • Always trust your instincts

Preservation of Evidence

If you are the victim of an online safety crime, then you should:

  • Try to preserve all physical evidence – save electronic communications such as instant messages, emails, texts and social media posts.
  • Notify the police – even if you are unsure about filing charges.
  • You may also contact Designated Campus Offices to Receive Crime Reports.