ISU COMMUNITY SAFETY TIPS
Protect Your Community: Crime can occur anywhere, anytime—no one is immune.
- Report suspicious behavior or threatening situations immediately. Describe the person(s) or situations as completely as possible to the 911 dispatcher.
- Seek assistance from ISU Police or Department of Residence staff if you are harassed, threatened or stalked. Save all communications received including texts, emails, voicemail or written notes.
- Avoid propping open exterior and fire doors or allowing strangers to enter.
- Report possible hazards such as nonworking lights, broken windows or damaged doors.
- Read and familiarize yourself with the ISU Student Conduct Code and the ISU Sexual Misconduct Policy.
Prepare for unexpected or crisis situations: Knowledge and quick response is vital.
- Keep emergency numbers in your phone and on your person.
- Emergencies only: 911
- ISU Police: 515-294-4428
- Local police department and sheriff’s department
- Iowa State Patrol
- Keep “ICE” (in case of emergency) numbers in your phone and on your person. If you are injured or seriously ill, your personal contact information will be vital.
- 911 information:
- 911 dialed from an on-campus land line will connect you with ISU Police.
- 911 dialed from a cell phone on campus will be routed to Ames Police, Story County Sheriff or the Iowa State Patrol. The dispatcher will transfer the call to ISU Police.
- Stay on the phone with the 911 dispatcher; give your location and information as clearly and calmly as possible to assist police and emergency personnel. Follow the dispatcher’s directions.
- Crisis situations may include a natural disaster or an attack on campus.
- Focus on getting to safety. Think, don’t panic.
- Follow instructions and procedures during an emergency.
- Know the location of exits in your residence as well as campus buildings and facilities.
- Report suspicious people, behavior or activity immediately.
- Use common sense: “threat” jokes or inflammatory statements could cause panic or retaliatory actions. You may be detained by police.
- Respect emergency equipment such as smoke detectors, fire alarms and fire extinguishers. Report damaged equipment immediately.
Protect Your Home: Minimize risk to your home.
Keep doors to your residence locked whether or not you are home.
Do not admit strangers to your home.
Close blinds/curtains at night.
- Keep valuable items out of sight and securely stored. Make a list of items’ brand names, model and serial numbers for insurance purposes. If you are a victim of theft, accurate information may allow recovered items to be traced and returned
Protect Yourself: Awareness of your surroundings and your actions contribute significantly to personal safety.
- Trust your instincts—if you feel threatened, avoid the situation or call 911.
- Wear only one earpiece when using a personal listening device.
- Wear only one backpack shoulder strap when walking at night; avoid wearing a strap over your neck and shoulder. This prevents an attacker from easily controlling you.
- Walk with a friend or call ISU Safety Escort (294-4444) after dark. If you think you are being followed, walk toward a well-lit area or people in the vicinity and call for assistance.
- Use common sense.
- Never leave your backpack or other items unattended.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Register and lock your bicycle. Ride in accordance with traffic and bicycle laws.
- Practice vehicle safety.
- Always lock your car and keep doors locked when you are in the vehicle.
- Have your keys in hand and check the vehicle’s back seat before unlocking and entering.
- After dark have someone accompany you to your vehicle; park close to your destination if possible.
- Misuse of alcohol or drugs inhibits your ability to act responsibly or react quickly:
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Avoid combining alcohol with prescription medicines and club drugs; the combination can be dangerous.
- Never leave your drink unattended or accept a pre-poured drink from a stranger.
- Buzzed or drunk driving is deadly and illegal; leave your vehicle and find other transportation. Your life and others’ lives depend upon your decision.
- Don’t hesitate to call ISU Police if you or your friend are in need of assistance and have been drinking. Our main concern is your safety!
- Practice online safety.
- Never reveal your social security number.
- Avoid posting personal information or location.
- Create passwords that cannot be easily guessed. Change your passwords regularly.
- Carefully consider what you post online; privacy settings are not “private”. Online postings are available, even after being deleted.