movies, TV programs, and news reports may convey the impression
that serious crime is widespread in the United States. In fact,
while some areas of some major cities are generally considered “dangerous,” most
parts of the country are not.
Your International Student
Office’s orientation program will let you know about personal-safety
concerns in your particular location. Here are some guidelines
to follow no matter where you are:
- Keep your doors locked even
when you are at home.
- If someone knocks at your door or rings
your doorbell, do not open the door until you know who
- Leave both an inside and an outside light
on if you will be away from your room or apartment after
- Be cautious if you choose (as many pedestrians
do) to disregard traffic signals while walking on and around
- Avoid areas known
to be “unsafe.” This
may include certain neighborhoods, areas lacking good lighting
and the vicinity of bars, particularly at closing
- If you must walk at night, walk with someone
else, rather than alone. Avoid dark areas.
- Carry a whistle you
can use to attract attention in case of problems.
- Know how
you will react in case of trouble. For one thing, know
the telephone number for reporting emergencies:
911 for off-campus, and your campus police number. Campus police often
have special training for responding to