Awareness tips

Alcohol 101

1. Alcohol 101

Alcohol 101 is a powerful new interactive CD-Rom developed by the University of Illinois that allows the computer user to go to a virtual party. Once there, you can learn about many issues surrounding the use of alcohol, such as when you have had too much to drink, dealing with friends who pressure you to drink, and making serious decisions about using alcohol. The program is designed to help you make informed choices about drinking. A lava lamp named Positive Norm hosts the interactive program. He is a funny character with a little bit of an attitude. Norm will help navigate you through a virtual world of partying.
Alcohol 101 is available through check out from the University Police Office, Student Services, Housing, Library, Counseling and Testing Office, Infirmary and Sports Medicine. The Counseling and Testing Office along with the Infirmary will have a computer in their office set up to access the program.

Alcohol and other drug problem use:
A personal checklist

The Furman campus is concerned about the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the health and safety of all members of the campus community. The following information may help prevent problems related to alcohol and other drugs.
· Remember the legal drinking age is 21years in South Carolina.
· In South Carolina you cannot have an open container of alcoholic beverage in your car while the vehicle is being operated.
· If you are over 21 years of age, set your own limits and stick to it. Pace your drinking.
· Designate a nondrinker in the group. This person can watch out for potential problems, including excessive drinking.
· Use a nondrinker as the designated driver. You will encounter South Carolina Highway Patrol checkpoints off campus and University Police checkpoints on entrance roads on campus. DUI drivers are arrested.
· Don't leave your group of friends, and don't put yourself at risk by leaving with a new acquaintance.

Consider your use patterns

Others can help you make decisions about your use, but the real responsibility is yours. As a start, answer the following questions for yourself:
· Do I drink/use drugs/alcohol to warm up for social events?
· Has my use ever affected my course work, job or other responsibilities?
· Have others expressed concern about my use?
· Do I get drunk, high when I intended to stay sober?
· Do I have to drink/use more to get the same high I used to?
· Do I have trouble remembering what happened when I drink/use?
· Do I feel uncomfortable if alcohol/drugs aren't available at events?
· Do I drink/use after a disappointment or a difficult time?
If you said yes two or more times, there may be cause for concern. You may wish to seek the resources listed below. (If you are concerned about a friend or loved one's use, the same questions also apply.)

Getting a person to seek help

Alcohol/Drug abuse is often characterized by denial, here are a few hints for getting the message across:
· Talk with the person when they are sober.
· Give facts, not lectures.
· Do not make or accept excuses for drug affected behavior.
· Identify benefits of seeking help and consequences of not seeking help.
· Show honest concern and patience.
· Be prepared with information and referrals.
· Seek assistance in helping this person.
· Do not rescue; let the person clear up his or her own mistakes, and assume responsibility for their drinking/driving behavior.

Resources and referrals

· University Health Services
· Counseling Center
· Student Services Staff
· University Chaplains

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2. Bicycle security

Security tips for protecting your bike:
· Register your bike with the Furman University Police.
· Be alert for juveniles within the complex. Bikes stolen at Furman University are often stolen by juveniles.
· If permitted, keep your bike in the residence hall room.
· Use the highest quality U-lock you can afford.
· Secure the bike to the rack by placing the U-Lock through the front wheel and the bike frame.
· Know your serial number.
· Report any suspicious person or activity to the University Police.

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3. Nuisance and obscene telephone calls

The following material will provide you with some ideas as how to deal with a "crank caller." First, don't panic if you think you have a crank caller because it may just be a wrong number. If it is a crank call, follow these suggestions:
· If there is no response to your greeting or as soon as you hear an obscenity or improper question HANG UP.
· Don't play detective. Don't extend the call trying to figure out who is calling. This is the type of reaction the caller wants and needs.
· Don't try to be clever. A witty response may be interpreted as encouragement.
· Don't try to play counselor. The caller needs professional help.
· Don't let the caller know that you are upset or angry.
· Don't tell everyone about your calls. Many calls are actually made by friends, family members, even your closest boyfriend or girlfriend.
· Don't talk to strangers. Be careful when the caller says he or she is taking a obtain the caller's name, business name and phone number. Say that you will call back after you verify the authenticity of the survey.
· Never volunteer your name to an unknown caller.
· Place ads with caution. Use a post office box for replies. If you must use your phone number, don't list your address. Crank callers are avid readers of the classified ads.
· Keep a phone call log by the phone to make a record of the calls. Include date, time, type of call (hang up/threatening/obscene/nuisance), description of voice (male or female/accent/old or young/intoxicated), and any background noise you may hear.
· Report obscene or annoying calls to the University Police at 294-2111.

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4. Nighttime personal safety

Although we encourage you to utilize the evening escort service, there will be times when you cannot. In those cases follow these guidelines:
You should:
· Choose open well lighted and well traveled areas.
· Travel with a friend or in a group.
· Avoid dark, vacant, or deserted areas; use well lit frequently traveled routes.
· When walking you should walk facing traffic. Be cautious of drivers who stop to talk to you.
· Dress in clothes and shoes which won't hamper movement.
· If you sense trouble: move away from the potential threat if possible.
· Join any group of people nearby.
· Cross the street and increase your pace.
· If a threatening situation is imminent and people are close by, yell, scream or make a commotion in any way you can to get their attention. Remember if you yell "help" people tend to leave you and go to get help. If you yell "fire" often people will come towards you.
· Go into an open business or campus facility.
· Call 2111 from a safe location on campus or 911 off campus or at any pay telephone.
· Be alert and aware of your surroundings! Giving the appearance of not paying attention and not being alert is what offenders look for in a victim.
· Never hitchhike!
· Always tell someone where you'll be and what time you are going to return.
· Do not wear headphones while walking or jogging.
· Do not read while walking or standing on the street.
· Avoid being on the street alone if you are upset or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
· Trust your instincts: If something "feels wrong", something probably is wrong.

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5. Date rape prevention

It's hard to think of someone familiar: a date, a steady boyfriend, or a casual acquaintance - as a rapist. Familiarity makes you less inclined to trust your self-protective instincts. Being forced into having sex, even if it's by someone you know, is still RAPE and it's a CRIME. Nothing you do, say or wear gives anyone the right to assault you, sexually or otherwise.

Some things to think about

Men and women are both responsible for preventing sexual assault and rape. Poor communication: mixed signals, body language that contradicts the spoken word, are often key factors in Date Rape.
· You have the right to set limits.
· Communicate those limits clearly. E.S.P. doesn't work.
· Trust your instincts. If a situation doesn't feel right, change the situation or get away from it.
· Be aware of sex role stereotypes such as "It's macho to score" and being assertive is unfeminine." These attitudes get in the way of honest relationships.
· Speak up when others joke about their sexual conquests. Let others know where you stand.
· Party time? Remember, drugs and alcohol decrease your ability to take care of yourself and make sensible decisions.
· Don't fall for those tired old lines. Read between them. "How about an intimate dinner for two at my place?" " Want to come up and listen to my new CD?" "Your roommate's out for the evening. Let's study at your place." "This party is a drag, let's leave."

Plan ahead

· First date or blind date. Check him out with friends. Go to a public place- a movie, restaurant, or campus event - and with friends, not alone.
· Don't leave a party, concert or bar with someone you just met or don't know well, no matter how charming.
· Be wary of behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable. If it persists, leave.
· Stand up for yourself. If someone is pressuring you, say that you don't like it- and mean it.

For men only

It's never all right for you to force yourself on a woman, even if she teases you or dresses provocatively; she says "No" and you think she means "Yes"; you've had sex with her before; you've paid for a night on the town or an expensive gift; you've been dating a long time and think it's time.
· Do not assume that you want the same degree of intimacy.
· If you have any doubts?..Stop. Ask. Clarify. Protect yourself from a charge of rape because you didn't ask.
· It's okay not to "score." Real men can take "no" for an answer.
· Being drunk or stoned is no excuse. Having sex with someone who is, is rape.
· Gang rape - a dare, joke, a party game? No. It's RAPE. It's WRONG. It's a CRIME.

If it happens to you

· The single most important thing a rape victim can do is tell someone - the police, a friend, the rape crisis center, a counselor. Don't isolate yourself, don't feel guilty, and don't just try to ignore it. Rape whether by a stranger or someone you know is a violation of your body and your trust.
· Do not shower, wash, douche, or change your clothes, even though that's your immediate reaction.
· Seek medical attention. If you choose to press charges, the evidence will be there.
· You may have internal injuries.
· Don't live with the fear of VD, AIDS, or an unwanted pregnancy. And get counseling to help you deal with your feelings.

If it happens to someone you know

· Listen. Do not judge.
· Give comfort. Let her know she's not to blame. Realize she may be dealing with fear, embarrassment, humiliation, and guilt.
· Encourage action. Stand by her decision to call the police, contact a hotline, go to the hospital.
· Do not be overly protective. Encourage her to make decisions and take control as soon as she feels able.
· Don't let your own feelings get in the way of helping her.

(Rape Aggression Defense Training)

The Rape Aggression Defense System, R.A.D., is a program of realistic, self defense tactics and techniques that require no special skills. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training. R.A.D. offers the opportunity to test these learned skills on a real person during a simulated attack. This is not a Martial Arts program.

The R.A.D. program, which has been taught to thousands of women at universities worldwide, is offered to female students only through the Furman Police Department.

Free courses are taught by certified R.A.D. Instructors and provide you with a workbook/reference manual. Anyone interested in participating in this course should contact Investigator Amanda Murrow at 294-2111.

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6. Residence hall and apartment security

There are approximately 2,000 students living in residence halls. Crime does exist in the residence halls. The vast majority of crimes involve the theft of personal property. Surprisingly, few of these crimes involve "forced entry". Most of these crimes are offenses that fall into the category of "crimes of opportunity." Reduce the chances of being "ripped off'. Try as often as possible to follow these security measures:

Security measures

· Do not prop open locked residence hall doors.
· Lock your room door when sleeping.
· Lock your room door when leaving a roommate asleep inside.
· Lock your door when you leave, regardless of the length of time you plan to be gone, even to take a shower.
· Keep your small items of value, such as wallets, purses, money, and jewelry, out of sight.
· Engrave all valuable items with your driver's license number and keep a record of all valuables noting descriptions and serial numbers. Engravers can be borrowed from the
Furman University Police Department at no cost.
· Mark all clothing with a laundry pen or needle and thread in a place other than the label.
· Do not leave notes on your door announcing that no one is there.
· Do not place decals on your door announcing your name. Do not take in overnight guests whom you do not know.
· Do not allow door to door salespeople to enter your room/apartment. (University ordinances prohibit soliciting and the alleged salesperson may be "casing" your room for later theft.)
· Require identification and authorization from maintenance staff requesting to remove furniture or make repairs in your room.
· Never loan out your room key, ID card, access card to anyone or have your room keys duplicated.
· Report all thefts immediately to the Furman University Police at 294-2111.
· Report to the residence hall staff all doors, locks, and windows that are in need of repair.
· Be aware of people loitering or checking doors in your hall. Note their description and call the Furman Police immediately.
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7. Textbook security

Textbooks are an expensive and a necessary part of your college education. Year after year they increase in cost. It is necessary for you to take steps to protect your investments. Follow these suggestions
· Placing your name on the inside cover of your books can help deter thieves who would attempt to resell the book.
· Another alternative is to mark the textbooks somewhere within the book for identification purposes (such as marking the page corresponding to your "lucky number" or your date of birth).
· Do not leave your textbooks, calculators, or laptop computers unattended in study-rooms, hallways, or in libraries.
· Record the serial numbers of your calculators and computers.
Thieves know when mid-term tests and final examinations are given and they make a practice of walking residence halls and libraries looking for unattended items. Thieves will usually enter a study area and look around to see if anyone is in the room. If someone is present or walks in, the thief will usually ask a bogus question of some sort ("I'm looking for someone", "What time is it?," etc.) and then leave the area quickly. On occasion, a thief will loiter in the area, and wait for an opportunity to steal. Thieves work alone or in groups

If you see someone suspicious or discover that you have been victimized, call the Furman Police immediately at 294-2111. Your own care and caution are the best deterrent against textbook theft.
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8. Vehicle and driving safety

Protecting Yourself
· Have your keys in your hand before you reach your vehicle.
· Check the interior of your vehicle before entering it.
· Always lock your car doors and roll the windows up far enough to keep anyone from reaching inside.
· Plan your route in advance.
· Try to travel well lighted busy streets. You can spare those extra minutes it may take to avoid unsafe and unfamiliar areas.
· Check the daily routes you travel and pick out safe spots: 24-hour convenience store and gas stations, police and fire stations. If trouble should arise, drive straight to one of these locations.
· Keep your purse and other valuables out of sight, even when you are driving in your locked car.
· At stop signs and lights keep the car in gear, stay alert, and leave yourself enough room to be able to turn out of that lane.
· If someone approaches your vehicle and attempts to enter it, blow the horn and/or drive away.
· If you are confronted with an armed assailant, the decision to comply or resist is a personal decision based on the circumstances. Remember property you possess is not as valuable as your life.
· Park in safe, well-lighted areas near your destination.
· Always lock your car, even for a short absence. If you have a flat fire in a questionable area, drive on it until you reach a safe, well lighted area.
· Never fall asleep on public transportation.
· Never pick up hitchhikers.


Thefts from vehicles does happen on campus. Items most frequently stolen include car stereos, unattached speakers, wheels, hub caps, cellular telephones, CD Players, and other items which can be seen inside the vehicle.

Things you can do to protect your vehicle:
· Mount stereos on a bracket which allows removal of the unit when the vehicle is left unattended.
· Take loose articles along or store them in the trunk.
· Always lock your vehicle.
· Be alert to suspicious behavior in the parking lots. Call Furman University Police to report such activity.
· Engrave stereos, wheels and hubcaps with your driver's license number.
· Install locking lug nuts and locking hubcaps.
· Use a locking gas cap to prevent fuel thefts.
Going on a trip

Before leaving on a trip, let someone know where you are going, your departure time,
expected arrival time, and your planned route of travel.

Car jacking

Use your common sense and these tips to help protect yourself from danger.
· If you are approached for your vehicle (carjacking), while this is highly personal decision, we strongly recommend that you give up your keys immediately and without protest.
· Avoid getting into the vehicle with the suspects if at all possible.
· Observe descriptive information: race, sex, approximate height, clothing, direction that suspects fled, if they had weapons and if so, what type.
Emergency situation
· If you are involved in a minor collision in an isolated area off campus, you may want to drive to a well lit and populated area before stopping to assess your damage, then call the local law enforcement agency.
· If your car should break down and you are not near enough to one of your safe spots, follow these tips
· Get off the roadway, out of the path of oncoming traffic, even if you have to drive on a flat tire. The tire is replaceable.
· Turn on your emergency flashers. If you have emergency roadway flares, lights or reflectors, position them conspicuously.
· Raise the hood, tie a handkerchief to the aerial or door handle, or post an emergency banner (Call Police) in your rear windshield.
· If a roadside telephone or call box is handy, use it. If you have a cellular telephone, every state has a special * number to call for police assistance. (South Carolina is *HP.) · Watch the roadway signs for that number and remember it. If not, sit in your locked car and wait for help.
· If a motorist stops to render assistance, it's better to remain in the car and ask them to get help. (Likewise, if you see a stranded motorist, it's better not to stop. Notify the police.)
· If you think you are being followed, don't drive home. You would only be telling your follower where you live.
· Stay calm. As long as you think clearly, you'll be in control of the situation.
· Flash your lights and sound your horn long enough to attract attention to you, and consequently the person following you.
· Drive to one of your already identified safe spots, sounding your horn and flashing your lights. Do not leave this safe location until you're sure your follower is gone.
· Remember, you are your best protection. if you follow these steps, you will be protecting the most important part of your car ? YOU.

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9. Some warning signs of potentially violent behavior

The following list is not inclusive, nor do these behaviors necessarily predict that violence will occur. Please contact your resident assistant, faculty advisor, student service staff or university police if you have any concerns.

· Makes either direct or veiled threats of harm toward others.
· Intimidates or instills fear in others.
· Acts paranoid, panics easily, or perceives hostility from the whole world.
· Shows signs of substance abuse coupled with other warning signs.
· Does not take criticism well, holds a grudge, especially against someone in  
authority, is fixated on perceived injustices.
· Blames others for his own problems.
· Shows change in work patterns such as tardiness or absenteeism.
· Has extreme interest in or obsession with weapons: may carry a concealed
weapon to campus.
· Has a history of violent behavior.

To prevent the escalation of violent incidents, every member if the campus community should learn how to recognize and report behavior that could lead to violence. If you are the victim an assault, or a direct threat, you should report the incident to the university police. The university police will take a report and take steps to ensure your safety and adress the problem behavior. The police may arrest the responsible individual is a crime has been committed. Do not ignore or downplay direct or indirect threats, as they could escalate into serious incidents.

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10. Using the ATMs off campus

There are two on- campus ATM's, Nations Bank outside the University Police Office and Wachovia Bank and will be installed in the Dining Hall lobby in October. Should you decide to use an off campus ATM:
· Try to use the ATM during daylight hours. If you have to get cash at night, go with
someone else and only use machines that are visible from a major street
and well lit.
· Look for suspicious people or activity.
· If you notice anything out of the ordinary, even if you have started a transaction ,
cancel the transaction and leave.
· When entering your secret code, use your body as a sheild.
· Don't give your secret code, to anyone, even a current social friend. · Always
take your transactions receipts and statements.
· Do not count or display money at the ATM.
· Do not accept offers of help from anyone you don't know. . If you have any
questions or problems, contact the bank.
· When you use a drive-up ATM make sure your passenger windows are
closed and all of the vehicle's doors are locked.
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11. Victim advocate services

The Furman Police Department provides services to assist Furman Students, Faculty, and Staff who have been victims of crimes in all their needs through referral and contact with campus and community resources.

These services include but are not limited to:
· informing victims of their rights.
· assisting victims throughout the investigation and prosecution of the offender
· contacting professors on the victim?s behalf.providing referral contact information.
· offering immediate crisis intervention and follow-up counseling.
· serving as a liaison for the victim within the campus community.
The Victim Advocate, Amanda Murrow, can be reached at the Furman University Police Department, 294-2111. Services are provided to any enrolled Furman Student or Employee, whether the crime occurred on or off campus and whether or not the victim chooses to file an official police report. All communications with administrative offices is handled with utmost discretion.

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