Personal Safety Guidelines

Personal Safety Information | Disaster Preparedness | Property Theft Prevention | Personal Information | Bicycle Safety | Alcohol Issues | Peeping Toms | Obscene Phone Calls | Sexual Assault 

Personal Safety Information

Everyday Living

  • Keep emergency phone numbers near your phone and program the Security Services number (503-554-2090) into your cell phone.
  • Lock all doors and windows every time you leave your room, even if it is just to go to the bathroom.
  • Keep house and car keys on separate rings.
  • Do not lend your keys to people you do not know well.
  • Always ask service people to identify themselves before allowing them to enter your home or residence hall room.
  • Get to know your neighbors so you can help each other.
  • Do not keep large sums of money, jewelry, or valuable items in plain view in your home, room or vehicle. 
  • Set radios, lights, and televisions on timers when out of town.
  • If off campus, leave spare keys with trusted neighbors, not under a doormat or in a flower planter.

Elevators

Try to avoid entering elevators occupied by strangers. If you are waiting for an elevator with a stranger, stand away from the door to avoid being pushed inside. Get off on the next floor if you feel uneasy. Hit the alarm button if you are accosted on the elevator.

When Walking ...
  • Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas; use well-lit and traveled areas.
  • Avoid walking alone with a music player and earphones-you can't hear people approaching from behind.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone, especially at night. Ask a friend to jog with you. Call Security Services at ext. 2090 for evening safety escorts on campus. (Call boxes/Blue Lights are situated at the  Le Shana, Lewis Apartments, VAC, and the Ross/Bauman  Parking Lots, and in the South Canyon by the Pavilion)
  • Dress in clothes and shoes that will not hamper movement.
  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Report suspicious activity or noises to ext. 2090 IMMEDIATELY.
  • Carry a noise-making device with you at all times, and use it if you suspect you are in danger, then move to a lighted area or building and raise a commotion. Call 911 or activate a call box in the event of an emergency.
If You Sense You Are in Trouble
  • Move away from the potential threat if possible.
  • Join any group of people nearby; cross the street and increase your pace.
  • If a threatening situation is imminent, and people are close by, help, yell, scream, or make a commotion in any way you can to get their attention. Remember that dialing ext. 2090 and/or activating an alarm box are part of the personal safety system.
  • If you are facing an armed criminal, you may minimize the risk of injury if you comply with his/her demands. However, if your life is in immediate danger, use any defense you can to get away.
  • Dial 911 immediately and give a description of the suspect.
When Driving ...
  • Make sure no one is hiding in your vehicle.
  • Drive on well-traveled streets and keep your car in gear while stopped.
  • Keep doors locked, windows shut, and keep valuables out of sight; either covered or in the trunk.
  • Open the hood and stay inside if your car breaks down. If someone stops to help, do not open your window or door, but have them call for assistance.
  • Ask someone for specific directions before you leave if you do not know the location of your destination.
  • Do not pull over until you find a well-lit public area where you can stop and ask directions if you get lost.
  • Drive to a well-lit public area and call the police if you suspect you are being followed.
Because carjacking has become a growing phenomenon, beware of people who:
  1. yell, honk, and point at your car as if something is wrong. If your car breaks down, stay inside and lock the doors. If anyone approaches to help, crack the window and ask them to call the police. Ask non-uniformed and uniformed people to show identification;
  2. motion and ask you to stop and lend assistance. If you want to assist someone whose car has broken down, go to the nearest phone and call the police;
  3. flash headlights at you;
  4. bump your vehicle from behind. If you think you were bumped intentionally, signal the other person to follow you to the nearest police station.
Most importantly, if a person with a weapon confronts you and wants your vehicle, give it up. No car is worth being injured or losing your life over.

Disaster Preparedness

Building Evacuation

  • Familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures for the building; locate the nearest exits and fire extinguishers and know the information in the yellow Emergency Response booklets hanging in the classrooms BEFORE an emergency.
  • Find the Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) for your building.
  • If you live off campus, set up a meeting place with housemates or fellow tenants.
  • Participate in all drills when you hear the alarms ring in a university building.
  • Exit the building quickly and safely.
  • Wear shoes, if possible.
  • Never use elevators -- always use the stairs.
  • Help others evacuate -- knock on doors, check bathrooms as you leave the building. Help those with a physical disability evacuate the building.
  • Be alert for suspicious activity -- an alarm may be part of a crime in progress.
  • Call ext. 2090 immediately and explain the situation if the alarm in a building has been set off by accident.
  • Report immediately any vandalism or tampering with the alarm.

Property Theft Prevention

Theft Prevention

  • When leaving your residence hall room, home, or office, lock doors and windows even if you will be gone for "just a minute."
  • Never leave purses, wallets, or valuables exposed; store them out of sight. Be especially careful with your credit cards, a very popular item among thieves because they are easy to steal and use.
  • Computers, especially if they are portable, are primary targets of theft. Consider the purchase of a locking device, which will secure the computer to a desk. If not, it may just walk away ...
  • Do not engrave on removable serial number plates.
  • Keep a list of all items and serial numbers in a safe place. We have a property inventory record available for download.
  • NEVER PROP DOORS OPEN.

Office Equipment

  • Record the serial numbers, brand names, and descriptions of property or valuables that are kept in your office. Keep a duplicate copy of this information in another location; it can be used to recover stolen property.
  • Engrave property with "George Fox University" and your department name.
  • Have all equipment secured with a locking device.

Car Protection

  • When you leave your car, always remove the ignition key, close the windows and LOCK ALL DOORS. Do not leave valuables in plain sight-lock them in the trunk.
  • When parking at night, park in well-lit, well-traveled areas.
  • Consider installing tamperproof lock buttons and/or a car alarm. Also consider using a steering wheel club-type lock.

Holiday Security

If you leave campus during the school holidays:

  • Secure your bicycle by leaving it in your room.
  • If you must leave your car on campus, remove all valuables and contact Security Services to leave the key and to find out where to park it.
  • Place all valuables in your residence hall room, out of sight, and unplug all appliances before you leave.
If you stay on campus during the holiday or summer:
  • Be alert to any suspicious persons around residence halls, bike racks, or parking lots.
  • Do not walk, jog, or bike alone at night -- consider asking a friend to go with you.
  • Call Security Services at ext. 2090 to report any unusual activity.
If you live off campus and are leaving for vacation:
  • Lock all doors and windows securely.
  • Make your house/apartment look occupied -- have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers; set your television and lights on timers; keep lawns mowed and watered.
  • Leave your vacation itinerary and contact information with a friend.

Personal Information

Not only can thieves steal your physical possessions, they can also use your personal information to steal from you. Many times you unknowingly provide them with this information. Here are some items you should never provide to strangers over the phone:
  • Your credit card number or expiration date, unless you know the company is reputable. Thieves can use these numbers to make purchases of their own.
  • Your checking account number can be used to withdraw money from your account.
  • Your telephone calling card number can be used to charge unwanted calls to your account.
  • Your Social Security number can be used by someone else to find out information about you or to establish a false identity. Only give it out if it is legally required.
  • Your driver's license number may allow someone to obtain information about you, such as your physical description.
  • Health information, such as your insurance, medical, mental history, and doctor can be used to fraudulently obtain health care and health services.
  • Information about your home security system, such as whether or not you have one.
  • Information about those who live with you or whether you live alone.
  • Financial information, such as annual income or mortgage.

Bicycle Safety and Security

Please seriously consider whether you want to bring a bike to campus. The vast majority of bikes are never used and suffer severe weather damage or theft. Do not bring expensive bikes-they are targeted by thieves.

Bicycle Safety

Below is a list of safety items that will assist any rider:
  • A bike light when riding at night.
  • Working brakes -- get new pads and adjustments at any bike shop.
  • Helmets are highly recommended for any age.
  • Reflective-type vest in a neon green or orange will aid visibility.
There are six rules to keep in mind when riding at George Fox:
  1. Always ride on the right side and with the flow of traffic; ride on the road and not on the sidewalks when possible.
  2. Ride predictably, whether on a roadway or in a public area. Maintain a steady course and speed.
  3. Obey all traffic laws. Yes, STOP at intersections. Pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  4. Pay attention to your surroundings; warn pedestrians or fellow riders when you are passing them with, "On your right!"
  5. Likewise, pedestrians should warn bicyclists when they place them in danger. You should also warn drivers if they are placing you in danger with their driving. A quick yell to get their attention should suffice.
  6. Take extra care when passing parking lot exits.

Identifying Your Bicycle

  • We offer you bicycle registration through the National Bike Registry. Security services, in cooperation with Newberg/Dundee Police and the National Bike Registry offer you the ability to register your bike in a national database.   Your information is added to the bicycle registration database and can be looked up if lost or stolen through the Newberg /Dundee Police or any other participating law enforcement office nationaly.
  •  For more information click here National Bike Registry or call security services at 503-554-2090 or ext.2090 from on campus phones.
  • Always keep a record of your bicycle description including make, model, frame/serial number, size, color, and number of speeds to be reported in case your bike is stolen. Take a picture of your bike and of the serial number.

Locking Your Bike

  • Use a non-Kryptonite U-lock to secure your bike. When possible, lock at least your front wheel and frame. Try not to leave your bike locked "free standing." A thief can easily remove the lock and walk away with the bike.
  • Seriously consider using a space reduction device to make it more difficult for a thief to remove the lock.
  • Don't park your bike in a doorway or traffic thoroughfare. People in wheelchairs must have a three-foot pathway, and bikes left in handicapped zones are illegal.

Suspicious Activity / Bike Theft In Progress

  • Dial ext. 2090 from a campus phone or 503-554-2090.
  • Give the dispatcher the time and location of the incident and description of the suspect.
  • If your bike is stolen, report it IMMEDIATELY to Security Services at ext. 2090. Give them the serial number, make, model, size, and color of the bike.

Bicycle Accidents

  • In all injury accidents, call 911.
  • In non-injury accidents, survey and assess property damage and call ext. 2090 with your report.
  • You must inform the damaged property owner of your name, address and phone number. Leave a note if you cannot find the owner of the property and report the accident to the police.

Pedestrian Safety Zones

Regarding mopeds, scooters, and motorcycles: No motorcycle, motor scooter or moped shall be driven, operated, stopped, left standing or parked anywhere except for marked parking lots and streets. These vehicles may not be operated within an area closed to other motor vehicles, and should not be parked close to a building, or underneath a building overhang.

Alcohol Issues

Policy on Controlled Substances and Alcohol
George Fox University is committed to providing an environment that maximizes the potential for a drug-and- alcohol-free lifestyle. Possession, consumption, or furnishing alcoholic beverages is prohibited on or off campus by any George Fox University undergraduate student. Possession, use, distribution, and/or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages and/or any illegal substances, or use of tobacco is prohibited by graduate students while on campus, campus property, property designated for university use, attendance at a university activity, or when they are representing the university. Community members also are expected not to abuse legal substances. The use, possession, sale, giving, or exchange of illegal drugs or controlled substances is prohibited by state law and university policy. People who violate the policy are subject to discipline and corrective intervention by the university, including possible suspension, expulsion, and filing of criminal charges.

Peeping Toms

It is usually best not to yell or try to detain an offender. He or she may panic and react in an unpredictable manner. If an offender runs away, note the direction in which she/he traveled. If there is a place from which you can observe safely, watch to see if she/he gets into a car or goes to another residence hall, etc. Try to get a good description of the person and report the incident by calling ext. 2090 immediately.

Obscene Phone Calls

Report all obscene or threatening phone calls immediately to security at ext. 2090. Try to write down the exact wording, if it is a threat. If you have Caller ID, note the phone number or try dialing *69. Ask yourself:

Do I recognize the voice?
Does the caller know me?

Do not enter into any dialogue with the caller.

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips

Sexual assault is a general term used to describe any unwanted sexual activity. It includes, but is not limited to, rape. Anyone can be the target of sexual assault, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sexual history, or social class. There is no stereotypical rapist. Acquaintances (people who know each other in some way) are involved in 85 percent of campus rapes in the United States. It is important that you decide what you want to happen in intimate situations.

While you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, there are some things you can do to help reduce your risk of being assaulted.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.
  • Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
  • Make sure your cell phone is with you and charged and that you have cab money.
  • Don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
  • Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.

If you need to get out of an uncomfortable or scary situation, here are some things that you can try:

  1. Remember that being in this situation is not your fault. You did not do anything wrong, it is the person who is making you uncomfortable that is to blame.
  2. Be true to yourself. Don't feel obligated to do anything you don't want to do. "I don't want to" is always a good enough reason. Do what feels right to you and what you are comfortable with.
  3. Have a code word with your friends or family so that if you don’t feel comfortable you can call them and communicate your discomfort without the person you are with knowing. Your friends or family can then come to get you or make up an excuse for you to leave.
  4. Lie. If you don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings it is better to lie and make up a reason to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Some excuses you could use are: needing to take care of a friend or family member, not feeling well, having somewhere else that you need to be, etc.
  5. Try to think of an escape route. How would you try to get out of the room? Where are the doors? Windows? Are there people around who might be able to help you? Is there an emergency phone nearby?
  6. If you and/or the other person have been drinking, you can say that you would rather wait until you both have your full judgment before doing anything you may regret later.

If You Are Sexually Assaulted, follow this link

  • Remember that you are not to blame -- no one deserves to be raped.
  • You should contact the Newberg Police by dialing 911.
  • Contact Security Services at ext. 2090 and Student Life at ext. 2310.

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