Safety

Staying Safe on Campus

Dean of Students - Website - dos@uccs.edu - 719-255-3091

Safety is the responsibility of everyone at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs! We can all takes steps to increase our own personal safety and the safety of others. As bystanders, there are ways of stepping in and preventing crimes and incidents like sexual assault or alcohol poisoning from occurring. Here are some tips to promote safety on campus:

Stay Alert

When traveling around campus or in the surrounding area, be aware of your surroundings.  Avoid isolated areas, and don't be afraid to ask for a safety escort if you feel unsafe commuting across campus late at night. Avoid putting headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.

Make A Plan

If you are going out, go with people you trust. Arrive together, watch for one another and check in with each other throughout the night and leave together. Keep your cell phone charged before going out and make sure you have cab money, or have Uber or Lyft downloaded on your phone-just in case.
 

Know the Policies and Procedures of Campus

The purpose of the Student Code of Conduct is to maintain the general welfare of the University Community and support community safety and student growth by helping students. The University views the student conduct process as a learning experience that can result in growth and personal understanding of one's responsibilities and privileges within both the University community and the greater community.

The Student Code of Conduct can be found here.

Watch Out for One Another

The Student Response Team(SRT) responds to the health and safety of our students, and assist students in crisis situations. If you are concerned about a friend or another student's well-being for any reason, please reach out to the SRT. Things to watch out for:

  • Someone appearing withdrawn, depressed, or anxious
  • Someone infrequently attends class or begins isolating themselves
  • There are abrupt changes in someone's appearance or behavior
  • Someone has made physical threats to themselves or towards others 

Contact Public Safety, the Office of the Dean of Students, or the Wellness Center.

Use the 3 D's for Being a Good Bystander

Direct - Directly intervening, in the moment, to prevent a problem situation from happening

Delegate - Seeking help from another individual, often someone who is authorized to represent others, such as a police officer or campus official.  

Distract - Interrupting the situation without directly confronting the offender.

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