Personal Safety Tips
No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing such a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.
- Don't touch people without their consent; incapacitated or unconscious people can't give consent.
- Don't spike anyone's food or drink, or try to get them impaired. That can be a felony.
- Control your beverages. Don't accept an open drink from someone you don't trust, and don't let your drinks out of your sight.
- Look out for your friends. If someone needs medical help, don't be afraid to call 9-1-1. Don't leave them with strangers; help them get home safely.
- Call a taxi, or if you’re a UO student, make an appointment with Safe Ride (541-346-7433 ext. 2) or the Designated Driver Shuttle (541-346-7433 ext. 1). Don’t drive with anyone who’s been drinking.
- If you think you've been the victim of a crime, call police to report it as soon as you can. You always have that right.
- Get medical help. If you don't want to report right away, you can still get medical help and have evidence taken that you can use later in an investigation or court case. If you think you've been drugged, try to get tested right away as these drugs can quickly leave the system.
- If you feel you or others are in danger, call 9-1-1. To report suspicious, illegal or unusual activity on campus, call UOPD at 541-346-2919. Off-campus, call Eugene Police at 541-682-5111. For emergencies or if you see a crime being committed, call 9-1-1.
- Many support services are available to survivors of crime, both on campus and in the community. Students can go to safe.uoregon.edu or call 541-346-SAFE to learn about their options.