Welcome to Florida State University. We are proud to have you on campus for the academic year and will do our best to ensure that you have an enjoyable and positive experience at Florida State.
The safety and security of our campus community depends, to a large extent, on you. With this in mind, University Housing and the Florida State University Police Department (FSUPD) offer students security resources that include on-going educational programs, safety-related policies, educational sanctions for violators of those policies, and staff assistance for dealing with security problems and emergencies. Without your help, though, there is only so much we can do.
We have provided several safety tips and resources for you in this publication. We hope that you take some time to become familiar with them, and that you take advantage of the beneficial activities during Safety and Security Week at the beginning of the Fall semester and throughout the year.
Upholding the Garnet and Gold
The Florida State University is a diverse community with a longstanding tradition of respect for the dignity and worth of each person. We recognize the importance of disagreement and informed debate for a dynamic learning environment, we also expect each member of our community to embrace the values of civility and ethical conduct and share in the responsibility to promote these values. Uphold the Garnet and Gold by demonstrative respect for ourselves and others, taking responsibility for yourself and those around you, and reflecting the values of Florida State.
The Seminole Creed
The guiding ethical norm at FSU is responsible freedom. As a member of this community, I promise the following:
In The Residence Halls
The residence halls are great places to be, but they are not impervious to crime and/or safety issues. No matter how safe you feel, it is always important to take steps to ensure your safety and the safety of others, such as:
While both on or off campus
Unfortunately, campus and the Tallahassee community are not immune to crime. No matter where you are, on or off campus, you should always take steps to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of crime. Below are some recommendations on how to keep yourself safe:
On The Internet
Safety is just as important on the internet these days as it is in your hall or in the community. Follow these tips for ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable experience when on the internet:
Keeping Your Identity Private
Florida State University and University Housing will not provide your information to anyone without your expressed consent. This includes family members and/or friends. In order to keep your own identity and information safe, we recommend that you:
Harassing or Obscene Phone Calls
Obscene, harassing or threatening phone calls are illegal, a nuisance and can be frightening. If you receive such a call, please do the following:
If you receive harassing messages on your voice mail, messaging systems, social networking site, text message, email, or by any other means, be sure to save the messages to give to the police. Please print the received messages, so that there is a record of them in case of deletion.
Take Notes: You can help to provide a clear picture of the events that occurred for by providing the following information to police should you receive harassing or threatening calls: time, date, was the caller laughing or talking, if so, what did they say? Additionally, try to assess the overall tone or attitude of the caller.
Providing staff and police with information for a report can be difficult. Often times, students are not sure if they should say something, if they have enough information to report, what happens next, etc. Watch out for yourself and others. If you see strangers or hear cries for help, respond by calling the police. If you are wrong, no harm has been done. If you are right, you might have saved someone from injury or suffering. To learn more about bystander intervention strategies, please visit: http://healthycampus.fsu.edu/Sexual-Violence-Prevention/Bystander-Intervention. Below are some tips if you may need to make a report.
How to Make a Report
What is a good report?
What is a valid report?
What is a false report?
I submitted a Police Report… what happens next?
An Investigation has occurred … what happens next?
Residence Hall Staff: Residence Coordinators, Assistant Coordinators, Hall Directors, Facility Supervisors, Resident Assistants (RAs), Night Staff and Receptionists work in the hall. Please report all safety concerns to them immediately.
Florida State University Police Department (FSUPD): These are sworn law enforcement officers who respond to emergencies. They also provide safety programs for students. Contact them at 850-644-1234 or simply dial 911 from any campus phone. To learn more about FSUPD and its services, visit: http://police.fsu.edu.
Adopt-A-C.O.P.P.: The Florida State University Police Department also provides liaisons, also known as Adopt-A-C.O.P.P.s, to the residence hall community. These officers participate in staff functions and spend extra time in the halls doing security rounds and interacting with students. To learn who your Adopt-A-COPP is, visit: http://police.fsu.edu/Prevention/Adopt.
Crime Prevention Unit: FSUPD also offers a unit dedicated to educating the members of the University community in the areas of prevention, reduction, and awareness of criminal activity. The members of the Crime Prevention Section devise, implement, and deliver educational programs that let all members of the University community—students, faculty, staff, and visitors—know what they can and should so to prevent themselves from becoming victims. Successful programs include Adopt-A-C.O.P.P., Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training, residence hall security consulting, and Auto Theft Prevention activities. They also post Crime Alerts to campus when they occur. To learn more about the Crime Prevention Unit and what they can do for you, visit: http://police.fsu.edu and click on the Crime Prevention link under “Departmental Divisions”.
FSU Alert System:In the event of any major emergency on campus, the university will use the FSU ALERT emergency notification system to warn everyone. There are up to 22 ways that FSU can use to alert the campus community in the event of an emergency including outdoor warning sirens, blue lights, e-mail, text messages, or NOAA weather radios. If one or more of these systems is activated, seek shelter in the nearest building and try to get more information by visiting the university website, http://alerts.fsu.edu/, calling the hotline 850-644-INFO (4636), or tuning a radio to 530AM. To learn more about the FSU ALERT system, including how to register your cell phone for text messages, visit http://www.safety.fsu.edu and click on the FSU ALERT logo.
S.A.F.E. Connection & Nite Nole: Dial 850-644-SAFE (7233) to request a pick up by the SAFE van. The van provides shuttle services between locations both on campus and on the periphery. This service is in operation from dusk until 3am. The Nite Nole is a bus service that operates from 10pm to 3am, Tuesday through Saturday during the Fall and Spring semester. The route begins in Heritage Grove and makes stops along the route stretching from Appleyard to Stadium Drive, all the way back through Tennessee Street and services over 32 apartment complexes. Both of these services are provided by your Student Government Association.
FSU Guardian: FSU Guardian allows you to set a timer from your phone when going from one location to another. If your timer expires, FSUPD will be notified and respond accordingly. To activate the timer, registered users can simply call 850-807-4949 and follow the subsequent prompts. With FSU Guardian you can build a unique personal profile that instantaneously provides FSUPD dispatchers with critical information should you call them from your registered phone number. All information provided by you is optional and is only seen when you call either 9-1-1 or 850-644-1234 for assistance. For more information, please see: https://police.fsu.edu/Guardian.
Blue Light Trail: The Blue Light Trail consists of over 400 strategically placed light poles equipped with emergency speaker phones and topped with strobe lights. If you are threatened, see anything suspicious or require any type of police assistance quickly, just push the emergency button to be connected with the FSU Police dispatcher. Note the locations of the blue light telephones as you move about the campus. You may never need to use one, but you should be aware of their locations. Look for a blue light: The blue light identifies the location of the emergency phone. Press the Emergency Phone button (No dialing is necessary): A strobe light will flash and you will be connected to the University Police Department.
Victim Advocate Program: A representative from this office will offer assistance to all victims, of any type of crime through any combination of the following: offer immediate crisis counseling and emotional support, accompany you to the hospital and/or police department, make referrals for on-going counseling and support groups, provide you with information about the university conduct and/or criminal process and advocate on your behalf, intervene with your instructors. Victim Advocate can be reached 24 hours a day. They can be reached by calling 850-644-1761 during regular business hours or by calling FSUPD at 850-644-1234 on weekdays, nights and holidays. FSUPD will need a number where the advocate can return your call. All information shared will be kept confidential. For more information, please see: http://victimadvocate.fsu.edu.
University Health Services: University Health Services provides routine medical care, elective minor surgery, physical exams, gynecological care, Rohpynol testing, dental care, x-rays, pharmacy and other additional services. You can drop in or make an appointment by calling 850-644-6230. University Health Services has an urgent care clinic for students that have a minor emergency or need to be seen immediately. For more information, see: http://tshc.fsu.edu.
University Counseling Center: This center provides both individual and group counseling. Appointments are by walk-in, and walk-ins and emergencies are welcome. Call 850-644-2003 or stop by the Askew Student Life Center for information. Additional information is available through the UCC’s website at: http://counseling.fsu.edu.
R.A.D. Training: You can learn how to protect yourself by attending a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D) class. R.A.D is a 12 hour self-defense program offered by FSUPD to female students that focuses on the defense against abduction. It teaches basic self-defense and survival mindset, as well as empowers women to say no to unwanted advances. This is a hands on learning experience provided at no cost to female students. The instructors are certified and experienced in teaching this course. For more information, please contact the FSUPD Crime Prevention Division at 850-644-1388.
What to do if you are sexually assaulted:
Reporting a sexual assault:
Deciding whether to report a sexual assault can be difficult and overwhelming. If you experienced a sexual assault and you're unsure whether to report it, please meet with a Victim Advocate to explore your options and rights as a survivor of sexual assault. To schedule an appointment with a Victim Advocate at FSU, call 850-644-7161, 850-644-2277, or 850-645-0086 during regular business hours. If you need to speak with an advocate after hours, call 850-644-1234 and ask to speak with a Victim Advocate. To learn more about FSU's Victim Advocate program, visit their website at www.victimadvocate.fsu.edu.
When deciding whether to report a sexual assault, it's helpful to know where your confidential resources are on campus. The following departments at FSU are confidential: University Counseling Center, Victim Advocate Program, University Health Services, and Employee Assistance Program.
Ways to end a culture of violence:
The responses below were given by FSU students when asked "How will you end a culture of violence?"
The kNOw MORE initiative is about action, education, and the continuum of care for our students, faculty, and staff at Florida State University. kNOw MORE provides institution-wide programs and services to ensure all members of our community have a voice and access to resources; while promoting a collective understanding that we are responsible for preventing power-based personal violence. For more information, visit our website at: http://knowmore.fsu.edu/.
Bystander Intervention and Green Dot
Green Dot is a campus wide prevention strategy for reducing sexual violence, relationship violence, and stalking within our campus community. Green Dot is a bystander intervention initiative that recognizes that most people care about the high prevalence of power based personal violence but may not have the tools to know how to be part of the solution. Green Dot seeks to change the culture by activating all members of our community, thus making power based personal violence prevention a responsibility of everyone. For more information on how to be involved, visit knowmore.fsu.edu/greendot or contact Jose Carval at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alcohol is the most widely used drug on college campuses. Unfortunately, some students drink more heavily in their college years than at any other point in their lives. Irresponsible consumption of alcohol often results in vandalism, conflict with roommates and friends, failed grades and University conduct action. Please think before you drink.
Located in the Student Code of Conduct the following policies govern alcohol use on and off campus:
By signing your housing contract you have agreed to abide by these policies found in the Guide to Residence Living, the Community Expectations:
Alcohol and Illegal Drugs
Drinking and Driving is a Lose-Lose Situation in Tallahassee
The Florida State Police Department works in conjunction with Tallahassee Police Department and the Leon County Sheriff’s Department on educating students on the dangers of drinking and driving. They routinely run the DUI checkpoints on campus and in the Tallahassee community. During the checkpoints officers ask the driver for his or her license, vehicle registration and proof of insurance. If it is determined that the driver is under the influence of alcohol or other drugs he or she will be asked to perform sobriety tests. If a student fails the state sobriety tests, he or she is then arrested and is subject to criminal prosecution. The student will also face University disciplinary action. Therefore, the student will be subject to both the criminal and University conduct processes.
Had too much to drink?
If your friend or roommate has had too much to drink, it is important to assess the situation and get help in an expeditious manner. Get a staff member or call FSUPD right away. Do not just tell them to sleep it off, especially if they are vomiting and/or are dehydrated. Get help because it can mean the difference in saving someone’s life. So what if they are upset at you tomorrow? At least they will be ok!
Florida State University (FSU) supports a safe and inclusive environment that enhances academic pursuits and student success. Institutional core values of the Seminole Creed and Responsible Freedom guide our conduct and inform policy and decisions. A Medical Amnesty Policy benefits our campus by encouraging students to make responsible decisions in seeking medical attention in serious or life-threatening situations that result from alcohol and/or other drug use or abuse and in any situation where medical treatment is reasonably believed to be appropriate. This policy seeks to diminish fear of disciplinary and conduct sanctions in such situations and to encourage individuals and organizations to seek needed medical attention for students in distress from alcohol and drug use.
Under this policy, a student who seeks emergency assistance on behalf of him- or herself, another student, or a friend experiencing an alcohol and/or other drug related emergency will not be subject to disciplinary action under the FSU Student Code of Conduct. Although students who qualify for Medical Amnesty are exempt from the Student Conduct process, they are required to complete educational measures and pay for any incurring costs as described in the Medical Amnesty and Policy Procedures Section.
Tallahassee is subject to strong to severe weather, especially during the summer and fall semesters. You should listen for anything indicating LEON COUNTY, as that is our county. In the event of severe weather (hurricane, severe thunderstorm, tornado, or flash flood warning), an FSU ALERT will be issued. University Housing will follow all instructions from the FSU ALERT. We recommend all students sign-up to receive FSU ALERTS to their phone. See http://alerts.fsu.edu/info.html for more information on how to register your phone, download the SeminoleSAFE mobile app, and other helpful information to stay safe on campus.
Hurricane season begins June 1 and ends November 30 in Florida, peaking from mid-August to late-October. It is important that all residents and their guests stay informed about changing weather conditions.
In the event of a hurricane or tropical storm threat to FSU, the university will provide specific recommendations for how students should prepare. The FSU campus is one of the safest places in Tallahassee to be during a hurricane, and Tallahassee is an evacuation location for the state. In most cases, it is not necessary to evacuate residence halls for a storm. You may hear the term “shelter in place,” which indicate that the halls will not close; instead, the halls will remain open with limited operations until the threat has cleared. Our live-in staff may be asked to stay during the storm, to assist with hall operations, but some of our staff will be preparing for the storm themselves and thus unavailable for immediate issues. University Housing is not a shelter open to off-campus students or the general Tallahassee public.
Students should make the decision to stay or leave the Tallahassee/FSU area themselves. If you choose to stay, here are some things you can do to prepare yourself:
Students should make the decision to stay or leave the Tallahassee/FSU area themselves. If you choose to stay, here are some things you can do to prepare yourself:
Tornadoes season has two seasons for increased likelihood of tornados: Summer Season is from June 1 and until September 30 and Spring Season is from February 1 until May 31 in Florida. Spring season tornadoes are frequently more powerful. It is important that all residents and their guests stay informed about changing weather conditions. These storms develop suddenly, often with little advanced notice.
In the event of a tornado threat to FSU, the university will provide specific recommendations for how students should prepare.
Verbiage of which to be aware:
Severe Thunderstorm or Lightning
Seek shelter in a substantial building such as a residence hall, and do not be tempted to watch lightning from open windows or doors. When thunderstorms are approaching, avoid outdoor activities or selfies. When lightning is occurring, the most dangerous place to be is an open area, such as a sports field or under a tree. Outdoor water activities such as swimming, boating and fishing are very dangerous during lightning.
Your National Weather Service promotes the 30-30 Rule in seeking safe shelter. The 30-30 Rule states: When you see lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is 30 seconds or less, go immediately to a safer place. As the storm passes, wait 30 minutes or more after hearing the last clap of thunder before leaving your shelter. For more information visit: http://emergency.fsu.edu/services/FSUAlert.
Seek shelter in the nearest building away from doors and windows until the storm has passed. These storms can bring strong winds, hail, severe lightning, and flash flooding. Do not attempt to walk or drive through any floodwaters, no matter how deep or fast you think it is.
Flooding is when an area, normally a dry area, is inundated or engulfed by water within 3-6 hours; Flash Flooding is a sudden violent flood that can develop over minutes or hours, typically due to heavy rainfall. Flash flooding happens everywhere in the country, so ensure you take precautions no matter where you are.
Verbiage of which to be aware:
Preparation and Awareness
Students should prepare for severe weather year-round, and particularly during weather event seasons particular to their living area. Ensuring you are prepared in the event of a weather emergency is the best way to prevent a personal emergency.
Before, during and after a hurricane, tropical storm, or other weather conditions, emergency information can be found through the following resources:
For more information on how to prepare for a storm, please visit https://emergency.fsu.edu/sites/g/files/upcbnu1431/files/FSUEmergencyPreparednessGuide.pdf.
It is the responsibility for all residents to help maintain a safe living environment. Below is information residents can use to help prevent a fire from occurring within their room and hall.
Residents can help reduce fire in a few simple ways. We’ve broken down some recommendations and policy reminders by room to help educate residents on what they can do in every room.
General Living Space
In the event of fire or fire evacuation, be sure to evacuate the building and locate building staff once outside. Each hall has their own evacuation plan. Please see your hall staff for further hall specifics.
Ensure you have a personal fire evacuation plan, including knowing the location of your closest fire exit. Think about how you would get to the evacuation point given where you live, your abilities, and/or your needs. The American Red Cross recommends having multiple exit strategies, depending on the location of a fire. Elevators go directly to the first floor in the event of a fire, so if you or a guest need help to go downstairs, for whatever reason, be sure you contact FSUPD (850.644.1234) for emergency assistance. Also, if you have a guest (or approved animal), be sure to think about and plan for their needs, as well.
If you are unsure of how to evacuate in the event of fire, or want to talk out a plan, connect to your building Head Staff, FSUPD, or the Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) for assistance in talking you through your needs.
For further information on fire safety and evacuation planning, below are a few resources for your convenience.
|FSU Police Department||850-644-1234||http://police.fsu.edu|
|Dean of Students||850-644-2428||http://dos.fsu.edu|
|Victim Advocate: daytime||850-644-7161||http://dos.fsu.edu/vap/|
|Victim Advocate: nights/weekends||850-644-1234|
|University Counseling Center||850-644-8255||http://counseling.fsu.edu|
|Environmental Health & Safety||850-644-6895||http://safety.fsu.edu|
|University Health Services||850-644-6230||http://uhs.fsu.edu|
For additional information regarding campus safety, including the University’s most up-to-date Clery Act statistics, please visit the FSU Police Department’s site at http://police.fsu.edu or http://police.fsu.edu/clery.