Wellness Education
A department of Wellness USF

Campus Safety

College students can stay safe on campus by practicing common sense safety tips.

We have resources to keep you safe.

Any time you need to walk across campus, you can call Safe Team. Safe Team members will escort you in a golf cart throughout the evening and into early morning. Just call them for a safe ride across campus. 813-974-SAFE (7233).

Sign up for a variety of free safety workshops sponsored by University Police (a $10 deposit is required and refunded). Classes range from self-defense to relationship violence. You can find the list at USF Police Department, or call 813-974-2628.

Safety on Campus at All Times

Some precautions are wise day and night, no matter how safe you feel on your campus.

  • First and foremost, always be alert. Keep your head up, know your surroundings and don't be caught by surprise.
  • Stay in areas with a lot of people. A crime is less likely to occur if there are many witnesses. If an area is deserted, you probably shouldn't be there either.
  • Try to let at least one person know where you are going and when you are expected to return.
  • Carry a whistle or other type of alarm so you can quickly - and loudly - grab someone's attention in case of an emergency.
  • At home, keep your doors and windows locked and don't let someone in until you know who it is.

Safety on Campus at Night

Special safety measures should be taken at night.

  • Use well-lit paths on- and off-campus. Avoid dark streets, where criminals can more easily hide.
  • Walk in pairs or in a group. The more eyes, the better.
  • Know your limit. Off-campus parties may provide plenty of alcohol, but you'll let your guard down if you're drunk.
  • Also know how to contact campus police or city officers. Their phone numbers should be posted near your phone in your college dorm or off-campus apartment and it's a good idea to have the numbers programmed into your cell phone as well.