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Safety Tips

Residence Hall Safety Tips

  • Never leave a door propped open.
  • Always lock your door when you leave your room or go to sleep.
  • Identify visitors through the use of the door viewer (peephole) before you let them in.
  • Demand that uninvited/unwelcome guests leave your room. If they do not leave, then you must leave quickly and notify Public Safety.
  • Report any unusual telephone calls to Public Safety.
  • If you do receive a telephone call from someone you do not know, never give out any pertinent information (room number, telephone number, last name, social security number, etc.) about yourself or someone you know.
  • Report to Public Safety any suspicious activity by calling (516) 463-6606.
  • Report to Public Safety any emergency (police, fire, medical) by calling (516) 463-6789.

Vehicle Safety Tips

  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • Park in well-lit areas.

Personal Safety Tips

  • Travel on streets where there is pedestrian traffic.
  • If possible, use the buddy system - do not walk alone - especially at night.
  • Be aware and alert to your surroundings.
  • Do not leave valuables unattended in the library, cafeteria, classrooms, etc.
  • Use campus transportation and the campus escort service.
  • Be aware of the location of on-campus emergency telephones.

Social Situations

  • Before going on a date, know your date's name, address, and friends.
  • Meet new friends in public places.
  • Do not rely on someone you just met for your ride home.
  • If you begin to feel uncomfortable on a date, for any reason, remove yourself from the situation.
  • Speak up! Communicate your wishes clearly. Do not let anyone assume your intentions.
  • Assert yourself. Insist on being treated with respect.
  • If you are assaulted, find a safe place and a friend - and call (anytime) the Department of Public Safety at (516) 463-6789.

Sexual Assault Awareness

There is no perfect way to protect yourself, but there are simple things you can do to minimize your risk.
  • Do not let alcohol or other drugs fog your judgment
  • Be alert. Show that you are in control. Walk with confidence.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Be assertive. Do not let anyone violate your space.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone.
  • Use well-traveled and well-lit areas.
  • Use the campus escort service and the campus transportation service.

Relationship Violence

One out of every four women in this country will suffer some kind of violence at the hands of her husband or boyfriend. Men, straight and gay, and lesbians can also be victims of violence. Few of these victims will tell anyone about the violence. Relationship violence victims come from all walks of life. They do, however, share the same feelings of helplessness, isolation, guilt, fear, and shame. They all hope it will not happen again, but often it does.

Here is what you can do if you are the victim of relationship violence, dating violence, domestic violence, harassment, or stalking:

  • Talk to someone. Part of the abuser's power comes from secrecy. We urge you to talk to someone about the violence.
  • The Following is a list of resources:
    • Department of Public Safety - (516) 463-6789. We can assist you in getting medical attention, counseling, referrals to support groups, emergency housing, and assistance in reporting the violence to the police.
    • Police Department - 911 (for off-campus locations).
    • Student Counseling Services - (516) 463-6791. Can assist you with individual counseling and referrals to support groups.
    • Student Health Center - (516) 463-6745. Can assist you with any medical needs and referrals.
    • Domestic Violence Hotline - (516) 542-0404. Can provide victims with support and advice.

Navigating the Social Scene: BEFORE YOU GO OUT TO A BAR OR CLUB, READ THIS!

  • Know where you are going and what to expect when you get there.
  • Know how to get there and more importantly, how you will get home safely at 2 or 3 a.m.
  • Go out with friends you can trust. If something goes wrong, they will be there to assist you.
  • Let a friend or roommate who is not going with you know where you are going and when you expect to return. Call that friend or roommate if you are going to be late so that he/she will not worry about you.
  • Know what you will do in case of emergency (i.e., a friend gets drunk, sick, or appears to have a drink spiked). You can call the Department of Public Safety for assistance and/or advice in any emergency situation. For immediate response in an off-campus emergency, dial 911.
  • Keep your valuables such as money, ID, and keys with you at all times. Do not leave them in a coat pocket unattended. A small purse will allow you to keep your stuff with you even on the dance floor. Another option is to keep money, keys, and ID in a front pants pocket.
  • Make sure you have enough money for cab fare to get you home safely at the end of the evening.
  • Do not accept drinks from strangers. If you do, realize that there may be consequences, such as that someone may expect something from you in return.
  • Be aware that drinks can be spiked. Rohypnol, a strong sedative that also causes memory loss, and other substances can be added to your drink, without being detected, in order to incapacitate you.
  • Do not leave your drink unattended. If you do, do not drink it. Order a fresh one.
  • When you drink alcoholic beverages, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of a crime because your communication skills and decision-making skills are impaired.
  • If someone is bothering you or harassing you after you express no interest, tell a bouncer or a friend. Be forceful and assertive – do not get talked into doing something you do not want to do.
  • Be careful when leaving the bar. If you are harassed or followed, call the Department of Public Safety at (516) 463-6789 or dial 911.

Internet Safety

  • DO NOT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ WHEN CHATTING ONLINE. People may misrepresent themselves.
  • DO NOT GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION ONLINE TO STRANGERS. Avoid giving out your home telephone number, address, or credit card numbers.
  • DO NOT RUSH. Meeting someone online and then arranging a date right away can be dangerous. Give it time. If you are being rushed, be suspicious.
  • TALK ON THE TELEPHONE BEFORE YOU MEET. Play it safe. You make the telephone call.
  • TELL YOUR PARENTS OR FRIENDS ABOUT ANY PLANNED MEETING. If you are asked to keep the date a secret, be suspicious.
  • MEET IN A PUBLIC PLACE. Avoid going to the person's home until you know each other better.
  • TELL SOMEONE WHERE YOU ARE GOING. If there is a change in plans or you will be getting back late, make a call and let that person know.
  • CONSIDER BRINGING A FRIEND ALONG. Remember, you really do not know the person you are meeting.
  • REPORT ATTACKS OR THREATS TO THE POLICE AND HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AT (516) 463-6789.

Detailed information on campus security is available to each student and staff member in the Annual Safety Report [PDF], the Guide to Pride [PDF], and The Living Factor [PDF].


In case of an emergency, call 516-463-6789 Public Safety Front Desk 516-463-6606