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Violent Crimes

Purdue University is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Be sure to follow the safety tips below to protect yourself.

Safety Tips

Minimize Your Chances of Being a Victim

  • Always trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe, get to a safe place and call for help.

  • Do not feel obligated to do anything you do not want to do.

  • Develop a code with friends or family that means “I’m uncomfortable” or “I need help.” It could be a series of numbers you can text, like “311.” It might be a phrase you say out loud such as, “I wish we took more vacations.” This way you can communicate your concern and get help without alerting the person who is pressuring you.

On Campus

  • Walk confidently, directly and at a steady pace. Do not stop to talk to strangers.

  • Do not accept rides or walking accompaniment from people you do not know well or trust.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid text messaging or talking on the phone if you do not absolutely need to use the phone. If you are wearing headphones, do not turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear outside noises.

  • Report any suspicious activity or person immediately to the Purdue University Police Department at 911.

  • When driving, always park in well-lit places and lock your doors.

  • Know your neighborhood. Identify police and fire stations, libraries, emergency telephones, and the hours of operation of local stores and restaurants.

  • Be aware of blue light emergency telephones. They are a direct line to on-campus assistance.

  • Use the Safe Walk Program by calling (765) 494-SAFE (7233).

Parties or Bars

  • Watch your drink at all times.

  • Cover your drink with your hand.

  • If someone offers to buy you a drink, watch the drink being made and get it from the server yourself.

  • If you get up to move or use the restroom, take your drink with you.

  • If you start to feel lightheaded, nauseous, dizzy or otherwise strange, seek help immediately.

  • Use the buddy system with a friend you trust.

  • If confronted, attempt to interrupt the chain of events. Create a distraction and involve others. If harassed or assaulted, scream and attempt to run for safety.