The college campus provides a wonderful setting for education, recreation, and community. But sadly, it’s not immune from trouble. Schools do their best to keep students safe, but in the interest of their personal safety and well being, students must stay alert, aware, and safe and they spend time there.

In her book An Invitation to Health, Sixteenth Edition, Dianne Hales recommends several steps that you and your students can take towards staying safer on campus. We’ve summarized them below in the form of eight “do’s” and “don’ts” for campus safety. Feel free to share these with students.


Do’s and Don’ts for Staying Safe on Campus

  • Do walk with friends or campus security escorts in the evening and night hours, and stick with well-traveled streets and pathways. Don’t walk alone, and avoid dark and hidden paths or “shortcuts.”
  • Do stay aware of your surroundings, and know your emergency routes. Don’t walk or drive distracted.
  • Do carry your cell phone and a small amount of cash with you when you go out, so that you can get yourself home safely, on your own, if need be. Don’t assume that you won’t need them!
  • Do keep campus security on speed-dial. Don’t be shy or embarrassed about calling them if you believe you need their help… better safe than sorry.
  • Do keep your doors and windows locked at night. Don’t allow anyone to pressure you into keeping either unlocked, for any reason.
  • Do keep your money, identification cards, jewelry, and other important and personal possessions in a safe and protected place. Don’t leave them out in the open.
  • Do be selective about the photos and information you share on social media, and use security settings that allow you to keep your posts private. Don’t post photos or status updates that could put your personal information in the hands of those who shouldn’t have it.
  • Do drive safely. Don’t drive when you’re tired or under the influence of any substances, and don’t give or offer rides to people you don’t know. (Hales, 587)


Reference: Hales, Dianne. 2015. An Invitation to Health, 16th ed. Stamford, CT: Cengage Learning.


What safety services and recommendations are available on your campus? What recommendations for staying safe on campus do you share with students? Discuss in the comments.