Student Life: Current Students

Safety and Security

 

Safety Tips

Help Yourself be Safer by Following These Safety Tips

  • Be alert and walk purposefully. Stay alert to what is going on around you.
  • Travel, walk or park in well-lit areas and with a companion whenever possible. Avoid lonely or gloomy places, especially at night. Whenever possible try to walk facing traffic. Ask anyone who gives you a ride to wait until you have safely entered your building.
  • Respect your intuition. Don’t allow rationality to override your "gut feeling" – it could protect you from danger. Call for help if you feel something is just not right [either the RA on duty ("0" from any SIT campus phone) or 911 if you feel it’s an emergency]. On campus, blue lights designate public local phones that are accessible 24/7. Locations include: International Center, Boyce House, Undergraduate Building, Student Center, and Black Mountain, Dickinson, Bolton, and Janeway residence halls.
  • Be wary of strangers, on foot or in cars, asking directions – it’s better to be rude than to be in trouble.
  • If someone follows you, go to a place where there are other people, and then call a resident advisor immediately.
  • When someone knocks on your door, before opening always ask: "who is it." Ask for identification as appropriate.
  • Be careful about giving out information concerning yourself and where you live.
  • Be cautious when using elevators. Stand near the buttons and get off immediately if you are suspicious of other occupants.
  • Take a self-defense course. Check with your local community health clubs and police department for availability.

Personal Safety in Residential Halls

  • Lock your door when you are at home ... lock your door when you are away. Please lock your door always!
  • Report any suspicious activity immediately, including anyone who makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Pull the shades to your room at night and lock your windows.
  • Watch out for each other! Report any sign of forced entry. Do not go in. Instead, go to a safe place and call the RA on duty ("0" from any SIT campus phone), or 911. On campus, blue lights designate public local phones that are accessible 24/7. Locations include: International Center, Boyce House, Undergraduate Building, Student Center, Black Mountain Dorm, Dickinson Dorm, Bolton Dorm, and Janeway Dorm.

Educational Programs

  • SIT periodically offers self-defense instruction. Participation is open to students, faculty, and staff.
  • An annual comprehensive training that addresses gender issues, cross-cultural relationships, sexual harassment and sexual assault is offered each fall at SIT. Participation is voluntary.

Students living on-campus receive information about SIT's campus security procedures and practices from their RAs during the first two weeks of the academic year. Similarly, off-campus students are required to attend a security briefing led by the Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Campus Life at the beginning of the academic year. Participants attending one of SIT's short-term programs who reside on-campus more than one week receive a modified version of the RA's campus security procedures and practices briefing. New faculty and staff receive this same information during an orientation briefing; security reminders are sent as needed, at least annually.

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