Sexual Assault & Safety Guidelines

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    If you are a victim:

    Immediately report the assault to Campus Police by calling 412.578.6007 or 911 for City of Pittsburgh Police. Police can not investigate the crime unless you file a formal report. Reporting a crime does not necessarily obligate you to follow through with prosecution.
     
    Go to a hospital emergency room as soon as possible if the assault involved sexual penetration or other physical injuries. (Evidence can be collected several hours after an attack, but its value may be diminished.) Do not wash, change clothing, or otherwise "clean up." Bring a full change of clothing because the clothes you were wearing at the time of the attack may be kept as evidence.
     
    Your follow-up medical care is crucially important. You may need tests for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. No matter when or where the assault occurred, support and medical resources are available to help you. Contact at least one of the offices listed under Victim’s Resources and Rights.
     
    To help prevent crime, please follow these safety guidelines: 
    1. Be alert. A confident attitude and careful actions can go a long way toward keeping you safe.
    2. If you observe any suspicious activity or want to report a crime on campus, immediately call the Police Department at 412.578.6005, or use one of the thirteen (13) campus emergency telephones. Simply lift the receiver or push the button, and you will be in direct contact with campus dispatch personnel. 
    3. Promptly notify campus police if you are victimized, or if you can provide information about a crime. Timely reports make it easier for police to gather critical evidence and increase the odds of recovering stolen property and successfully prosecuting a criminal. It is especially important to call the Police Department after a sexual assault.
    4. Avoid walking alone at night. Use the police escort service around campus whenever possible. Call 412.578.6005 or arrange to walk with other students. If you absolutely must travel alone at night, be sure to stay on well traveled, well-lit paths and sidewalks.
    5. Keep your residence door locked at all times. Whether you live on or off campus, locking your door is an effective way to reduce theft and enhance personal safety.
    6. Do not prop doors open. Propped doors are an open invitation to trespassers who may enter buildings to commit crimes. If you see a propped door anywhere on campus, close it. Most campus residence hall exterior doors are equipped with alarms to prevent them from being propped open. 
    7. Never lend your key or ID card to anyone else. Non-students—even your friends—may disregard the security of your property and the well being of the campus. 
    8. Report all security-related maintenance problems. Locks, doors, windows and lights in need or repair or shrubbery in need of trimming should be reported immediately to the Residence Life office or Facilities Management at x6047. Security related maintenance needs are given top priority by these departments. If you notice any security related maintenance problems on campus at night, call Campus Police at 412.578.6005. 
    9. If you receive an obscene or harassing phone call, immediately contact Campus Police or the appropriate local police agency. Campus Police and the local police will work closely with the telephone company to investigate these cases and apprehend offenders. 
    10. Learn more about protecting yourself and your property by attending security awareness programs. The Carlow Police Department conducts frequent programs, including Rape Aggression Defense Education, to promote crime-resistance skills. For more information call 412.578.6005. 
    11. Park your car in a well-lit area and keep it locked at all times. Do not leave valuables in full view inside your vehicle, lock them in your trunk.