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Safety Information and Protective Steps

Risk Reduction Strategies

Risk reduction is defined as options designed to: decrease perpetration and bystander inaction; increase empowerment for victims in order to promote safety; and help individuals and communities address conditions that facilitate violence. Although the only person responsible for a crime is the perpetrator, the campus community is always encouraged to take the following safety steps to help keep themselves safe:

  • Pay full attention to who is around you when you are in public. Avoid distractions by not text messaging and talking on the phone.
  • Avoid walking or parking in shadowed areas. Have your keys in your hand as you approach your door, and remember to be alert to what and who is around you. Glance under your car, around it and in the back seat as you get in.
  • There’s safety in numbers. Don’t make yourself an easy target. If you must be out at night, arrange to go to class, do errands or go shopping with a companion or two.
  • Consider utilizing the UNCG Spartan Chariot Service (http://www.spartanchariot.ridesystems.net/) or other public transportation (http://www.greensboro-nc.gov/index.aspx?page=2180).  Students may also request an on campus safety walk by contacting the UNCG Police Department at 336-334-5963 (https://police.uncg.edu/walk-safe/).
  • Know how to use and the locations of the emergency phones throughout campus.
  • If you are confronted, COOPERATE! Give the criminal what he/she asks for — wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description and call police immediately.
  • If you see or smell smoke, call 911 or 336-334-4444 immediately
  • Report any suspicious activity to the police
  • Ensure that outside lights are illuminated at night. If you see any lights out on campus contact the UNCG Police Department, 24 hours a day, and they will contact the proper department.

Crimes of sexual assault

Someone incapacitated due to alcohol or drugs cannot consent to sexual activity. This is reflected in university policy. A university student or employee in violation of sexual misconduct policies faces sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination.

It is estimated that in the United States one out of six women and one in thirty-three men have been the victim of rape or attempted rape (https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims). Data further reveals that nearly 50 percent of transgender people experience sexual violence (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1359178909000202). No matter the demographic, the most common type of sexual assault is not committed by a stranger, but by someone known to the victim.

Although sexual assault is always the full responsibility of the perpetrator, students are encouraged to take precautions to enhance their safety.

  • If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events.
  • Create a distraction and involve others.
  • Make a commitment to ensure everyone has a safe way home.
  • Others can help too by being an active bystander. Being an active bystander does not require you put yourself at risk.

We strongly encourage victims to seek medical attention immediately, even if there are no obvious physical injuries. Receiving a sexual assault examination is free and conducted by a specially trained nurse at Wesley Long or Moses Cone Hospital. An examination does not obligate someone to any kind of investigation; however, it allows evidence to be collected and preserved in the event you choose to authorize a criminal investigation at a later time. More information on this process can be found at http://www.conehealth.com/services/sexual-assault/.

In addition to seeking medical attention, there are other options for self-care after an assault, including contacting a confidential victim advocate (24/7 support at tel: 336-273-7273). More information about this and other options may be obtained from the following websites:

If you become aware that a sexual assault has occurred or are told of an assault occurring:

  • Believe the person.
  • Tell the victim it is not their fault.
  • Encourage a report (to campus or local police, Dean of Students Office, CVRC, Title IX, etc.) Realize however, there may be reasons that the person does NOT want to report. Respect that decision.
  • Don’t pry or try to get information out of the person if they are unwilling to be forthcoming with information… be ready to listen when the individual is ready to talk.
  • If you learn of the perpetrator’s identity, don’t suggest physical or any other form of retaliation.
  • Listen.
  • Be patient.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention is defined as safe and positive options that may be carried out by an individual or individuals to prevent harm or intervene when there is a risk of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. Bystander intervention includes:

  • recognizing situations of potential harm;
  • understanding institutional structures and cultural conditions that facilitate violence (this might include fraternity or sports cultures at some institutions);
  • overcoming barriers to intervening;
  • identifying safe and effective intervention options; and
  • taking action to intervene. Below are a few action steps you can take.
    • Be aware of comments and behaviors from others that would indicate they were intent on having sexual intercourse even if the partner was unwilling.
    • Notice if someone is getting ready to have sexual intercourse with a partner who is incapacitated.
    • Don’t joke about sexual assault; comments and jokes that are meant to “ease the tension” or are “just kidding around” can trivialize the severity of the behavior.
    • Know your level of comfort with conversations and talk about sexual behavior. If you find groups or individuals who talk about sexual relationships that are not in sync with how you feel, or the type of relationship you want, don’t be afraid to state your position.
    • Many perpetrators are unaware that what they have done is a crime. (They may say, “Yeah, that was messed up, but it was fun.”) Let them know that what they did was not right and was against the law.

These topics are covered in many of the on-campus training programs, including but not limited to RAD, SAVE, and Step UP!. Contact the Department of Recreation & Wellness or the UNCG Police Department for a schedule of these training sessions.