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Home > Prevention

Protecting University Areas

 

Campus-wide awareness continues to be the best protection for our buildings and people. We are always vulnerable to the destructive and hostile actions of those who break the law as a form of protest.

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 , which is answered by University Police when dialed from a campus phone.

If you have questions about security, or to arrange for a presentation covering safety tips, call the University Police at 612-624-COPS (2677). The Department of Central Security can provide picture ID cards to assist departments with security. For more information, call Nicole Wright at 612-624-1750.

 
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