The Clemson University Police Department (CUPD) would like to remind students, faculty and staff of the following safety precautions as we move through the 2019-20 academic year.

If you are approached by anyone who makes you uncomfortable do the following:

  • Maintain a safe distance and be aware of your surroundings.
  • Walk away and immediately contact CUPD.
  • Go to a well-lit area, go into an open business, occupied building, or join another group and wait for the police.
  • Never share personal information with a stranger.

Good planning while moving about campus is important:

  • Let someone know where you are going and what time to expect you back.
  • Consider using a security app to connect you with a friend and display your planned routes to and from your destination.
  • When possible, travel with groups of friends.  Arrive and depart with your friends to avoid leaving anyone in a vulnerable position.
  • If walking, use well-lit routes and avoid dark, isolated areas.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and avoid paying exclusive attention to your phone. Situational awareness is critical.
  • Be careful when stopping and communicating with strangers.  If you elect to do so, make sure you are in a public area that is well lit.  Avoid stopping in isolated areas or dark spaces.
  • If someone request your personal information, be cautious in what you provide. Our recommendation is to not give out names, phones numbers, addresses, or other personal information to strangers.

These tips also relate to online safety. Be cautious in providing information about your online profile to strangers:

  • Use good judgment and understand the potential for security threats. Using caution limits your likelihood of becoming a victim.
  • Use social media wisely. Be mindful of what you post and be careful when posting personal information, pictures or schedules that could be compromising.
  • Handle online harassment safely. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable regarding an online situation, contact CUPD or local police immediately. Save text messages or other forms of communication from the harassing party.

If you or any of your friends encounter suspicious behavior on campus, please notify CUPD at 656-2222 or 911 for emergencies at the time of the event, so officers can conduct an immediate investigation. This is important for the safety of our campus and to collect and disseminate useful and accurate information.