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Personal Safety

General safety tips to help remain safe while at William & Mary:

  • Always keep doors locked- even when at home
  • Do not prop exterior doors
  • Do not lend your key card to anyone
  • Do not carry large sums of money or valuable items or keep them in the residence halls
  • Always find out who is knocking before opening the door
  • Do not walk alone. Steer Clear (a service providing safe rides home for students on the weekend) and Campus Escort are available to provide safe walks around campus. The numbers are on the back of the student ID card.

Review a complete list of campus safety tips from the William & Mary Police Department. This site includes safety information for residences, personal property, while walking/jogging, while driving, or while away from the college on break.

Alone or in conjucntion with Campus Police or Health Promotion, you can develop a safety plan for yourself or with roommates or friends. You may also ask to be included in that safety plan or to be given a copy of the plan in case of emergency. And a safety plan need not apply only in times when one's personal safety is compromised. It can also outline practical strategies for everyone to watch out for one another's safety. Examples might include:

  • Posting emergency contact numbers
  • Sharing weekly/daily schedules
  • A process for checking in if someone is going to be out past a certain time
  • A signal to indicate when someone is in danger and needs assistance (this could be a code word or phrase)
  • An escape route from the residence
  • A designated "safe" place
  • Secure but easy access to emergency money, credit cards, and identifying information
  • A plan for "going-out" which includes how to make it home safely, numbers for taxis, Campus ESCORT, or Steer Clear (a service providing safe rides home for students on the weekend), a sign or word indicating if person needs help, and a promise with friends to leave, as a group, any situation that may feel uncomfortable.

For more information on developing a safety plan, please contact the Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist at (757) 221-7369 or [[emgarrison]].

It is also important to remember that no matter what we do to protect ourselves, we can still fall victims to crimes, such as sexual assault. The use of protective strategies does not exclude someone from being a target – such strategies can only reduce the chances. If you become a victim of a crime, there are campus systems in place to help with recovery, because support is vital. Questioning whether you used protective strategies implies somehow that you were to blame for what has happened. Only an offender can prevent a crime from taking place.