Personal Safety Tips

Although interpersonal violence is always the full responsibility of the perpetrator, students are encouraged to take precautions to enhance their safety:

  • Be Prepared
    • Know your boundaries and know your friends' boundaries before you go out
    • Plan how you'll respond if someone makes you or your friends uncomfortable
    • When going out, make sure to have taxi numbers and cash to cover the fare (or plan ahead and purchase Safe Ride tickets from Sharky's)
    • Sign up for a RAD self-defense class through the UNCW Police Department

  • Look out for Each Other
    • Get to know who you can count on
    • Use the "buddy system": if you go out together, be sure to come home together
    • Look for signs of incapacitation
    • Help your friends make good decisions
    • If you see someone in an uncomfortable situation, do something. Remember the 3 D's: distract, delegate, or directly intervene to help someone out of a difficult spot

  • Trust Your Intuition
    • Know your red flags! Beware someone who is:
      • …encouraging excessive drinking
      • …attempting to isolate another person
      • …overly nice/charming and testing boundaries in small ways during early interactions
      • …offering to take care of someone the individual doesn't know well
    • If a situation seems sketchy, leave (preferably with friends)
    • Alcohol impairs your intuition - limit your drinking so you can stay in control

The most likely time for a college student to be a victim of violent crime or experience an unwanted sexual encounter is during the first 6 weeks of their first year.