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Guides and Tips > Walking / Jogging in and Around Campus

 

Guides and Tips

Walking / Jogging in and Around Campus


  • Familiarize yourself with the layout of the campus and if you are leaving campus, you should check the areas that you plan to walk/jog/run to ensure that those areas are well-lighted.
  • Plan the safest route to your destination; choose well-lighted, busy pathways and streets.
  • Share your class schedule with your parents and trusted friends and give them your telephone numbers.
  • At night, stick to well-lighted areas whenever possible and avoid alleyways or “short cuts” through isolated areas.
  • Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night.
  • Use the campus escort or shuttle services at night. Know where the emergency call boxes are located on campus and learn how to use them.
  • If you are being followed, change direction and go to the nearest business or home; knock on the door, and request that someone call the Police. Note the description of the person following you.
  • Walk near the curb and avoid shrubbery or other places of potential concealment.
  • Tell a friend or roommate where you are going and what time you expect to return.
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Carry your purse close to your body and keep a firm grip on it; carry your wallet in an inside coat pocket or your front pant pocket.
  • Keep your keys separate from your purse or backpack.
  • Don’t overload yourself with bags or packages and avoid wearing shoes that restrict your movements.
  • Walk with a confident stride; keep your head up and look around.
  • If a motorist stops and asks for directions, keep your distance from the car.