Protecting University Areas

Campus-wide awareness continues to be the best protection for our buildings and people.

Always keep the following tips in mind:

  • It is best to keep research and office areas secured at all times.
  • If you work in or around a research area, wear identification and be prepared to present it. 
  • If you see people in your research area not displaying an ID card, ask them if they need assistance.
  • Non-staff people in a research area should be escorted by a staff member at all times.
  • Do not handle suspicious or unknown packages.
  • Watch your area for strangers and unusual activity. If you see someone unknown to you in a research area, ask him or her if you can help.
  • Be particularly aware of vehicles that have been left unattended near university buildings.
  • Watch for doors or windows that have been propped open or marked with graffiti.
  • Back-up valuable computer data and store it off site.
  • Change the password on sensitive databases, using a combination of symbols and upper and lower case letters.
  • Be cautious of unusual e-mail messages and do not open unfamiliar attachments.
  • Monitor your Web site for potential defacement.

When in doubt, call 9-1-1.