CAMPUS PERSONAL SAFETY AND SECURITYThe NWF State College Physical Plant Department provides security information, assistance, and services to aid campus occupants in the protection process. No person or location is 100 percent safe. The NWF State College Physical Plant Department utilizes a patrolling security guard/deputy to observe and detect crimes and threats on the Niceville and Fort Walton Beach campuses. Sheriff Department deputies are employed to provide security at the Fort Walton Beach campus. The Physical Plant Department's security function is primarily informational and advisory, rather than regulatory. The primary protective means used are restricting campus access and use to only those authorized students, staff, employees, or their guests for reasonable and safe purposes. The inspection and maintenance of locks, doors, windows, lights, and alarms are coordinated by the Physical Plant Department.
The actions taken by a person to increase security in his or her residence, vehicle, or personal activity can prevent a crime by causing the perpetrator to think twice and be deterred. Simple actions include:
- Locking vehicle doors at all times
- Not "propping" doors open
- Exercising, traveling, or jogging with a friend or partner
- Being aware of unusual or suspicious persons or conditions
- Staying in well-lighted areas of the campus
- Calling NWF State College Police Department at 850.729.6888
- Calling the local police (911)
To deter theft and "fencing" of stolen goods, engrave or mark all valuable personal property with your name and phone number and/or driver's license number.
ON CAMPUSThe Physical Plant Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the protection of students, staff, faculty and visitors. A deputy/guard patrols the campus by marked vehicle and by foot patrol.
The NWF State College ALERT program announces to criminals that we at NWF State College are aware of possible crime and are alert enough to report it. A criminal does not want attention. Attention leads to prevention. The NWF State College ALERT announcements on bulletin boards and the information in NWF State College ALERT indicates the emergency telephone numbers - 850.729.6888. The number should be called whenever necessary for the safety and security of you, your property, or campus property.
The following preventive measures will help minimize your chances of being attacked:
- If you are going out, tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
- Always lock your doors and don't lend the key. Keys can be duplicated.
- Don't walk alone at night. Take a friend with you.
- Stay in well-lighted areas.
- Photocopy all important papers that you carry in your purse or wallet, including your driver's license. Keep the photocopy in a safe place. This information will be invaluable if you lose your license or cards.
- Don't offer a ride to any individual you don't know, even if the person claims to be a student.
- Report to Physical Plant any non-working corridor, hallway, or exterior lights on campus.
ELEVATORSTrust your intuition. If you feel uncomfortable, you do not have to use the elevator. Call Security.
If you are in an elevator and someone suspicious enters, stand near the controls. If necessary, you can press all the buttons or use the emergency alarm.
ON THE STREETBe alert. Look around you. Be aware of others on the street. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Women should carry a whistle on a key chain. Walk with keys in hand.
Walk or bike with others if you have a choice. Try not to go alone.
Stay on populated, well-lighted streets when you can.
If possible, avoid dark or concealed areas. Walk in the middle of the street if it appears safer.
If you think someone is following you, turn around and check so that you are not caught off guard. Cross the street or change directions.
Walk or run toward people, traffic, or lights. Consider confronting the aggressor and saying, in a loud, firm voice, "Don't follow me." Try to find an occupied building and perhaps throw something through the window, if necessary.
If a car follows you or stops near you for directions, do not approach the car. Change direction if you feel threatened and walk or run toward stores, a lighted house, or other people.
IN YOUR CARPark in well-lighted areas at night. Check the street before leaving the car. Park in full view of the front of stores and houses. Walk to your car with keys ready.
If you have a flat tire, seek help by phone or at a nearby business. Beware of someone instantly appearing to offer help – attackers often disable cars to make their owners vulnerable.
Check the back seat before entering; someone could be hiding there.
Keep the car doors locked at all times, even when driving in daylight, so no one can jump in at a red light.
Keep enough gas in your tank for any emergency which may arise.
If you are followed by another car, drive to a police station or business that has lights on and people in it. You may not want to go directly home with someone following you. "Driveway" robberies are becoming more common.
If your car breaks down, lift the hood, put on the flashers, and wait inside with the doors locked until help arrives. Ask people who stop to call the police or AAA for you. Don't go with anyone.
Don't stop for stranded motorists. You are of greater help to them by calling the police or sheriff.
JOGGINGTry to jog with a partner. Try to avoid running alone, even in daylight. You could become injured from a fall and might need help.
Be aware of people around you.
Stay on well-lighted paths in open areas. Vary your route. Be suspicious of people you pass many times.
Stay away from parked cars, especially those occupied by suspicious persons.
INDIVIDUAL REACTIONS REGARDING SEXUAL ASSAULTNo one knows how a victim will react if confronted with the threat of sexual assault. However, you will be able to handle such a situation better if you have complete awareness and understanding, not only of all the dangers inherent in a potential sexual assault situation, but also of the alternative preventive measures that you can take.
Know yourself. It is important to think about who you are and how you might respond to different situations before they occur. All attackers have the potential to be violent. This is a most important consideration when deciding what to do in a given situation.
SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTIONThis information has been prepared to increase awareness about sexual assault and to assist people in coping with sexual assault if it does happen. We want to help you:
- Identify and assess situations in which you could be assaulted.
- Protect yourself if you should be assaulted.
- Recover after an assault.
- Better aid a friend or relative in coping with the after-effects of an assault.
Men as well as women are sexually assaulted.
THE FRIENDLY STRANGER AND "DATE RAPE"Many attacks start with casual conversation – the assailant is "sizing the woman up." If she is polite and friendly (as most people have been taught to be), he will probably attempt to intimidate her. Although most women feel uncomfortable about such an encounter before it escalates, they don't want to appear to be unfriendly or suspicious. If your instinctive response to a man, whether a stranger or friend, is uneasiness, try to get out of the situation as quickly as possible, even if it means being rude or making a scene.
Date rape occurs more frequently than reports seem to indicate. The key to prevention lies in:
- TRUSTING YOUR INTUITION
- ASSERTIVE BEHAVIOR
WHO IS THE VICTIM?Every person is a potential victim of sexual assault.
WHERE CAN THE SEXUAL ASSAULT OCCUR?Sexual assault can happen virtually anywhere, but the largest single grouping of reported incidents is either in the home of the victim or the home of the offender. It is important to be aware of all potentially hazardous areas:
|remote parking lots||stairwells||school playgrounds|
|public parks||beaches at night||shopping centers|
|on the street||deserted buildings|
Sexual assaults often occur in conjunction with other crimes such as burglary, so the more effective preventive measures and common-sense precautions you take, the less your chances are of becoming a victim. But regardless of how many or how few precautions you take, you are not provoking the attack. A locked door gives you time to call the police (911).
SURVIVAL IS THE GOALPrevention measures can reduce the risk of attack, but they are not 100 percent effective. What can you do if you are attacked? There is no ready answer because each situation is different. Recent studies show that an immediate aggressive response will be twice as likely to increase the possibility of escape but can aggravate the situation. Submitting does not guarantee that violence will not occur, however.
Evaluate the situation for possible ways of escape. If one method doesn't work, try another. Often victims have tried several different escape ideas before one worked.
PUBLIC SAFETY AND THE LOCAL POLICE
The college encourages victims to report all crimes to campus security and to the
(What to do if you are assaulted at NWF State College)
If a sexual assault happens on campus, report it to the police (911) or campus security at 850.729.6888, or call the Dean of Students at (850) 729-6671, Human Resources at 729-5365, President's Office at (850) 729-5360 , but report it to some member of the college staff. A report to any college employee will set off a chain of events designed to protect the safety and well-being of the person who has been assaulted, and the college community at-large.
If the victim does not want to file an official police report of the incident, he or she can still provide the police information about the assailant. This information may help the police arrest the assailant and prevent another assault. Information may be provided directly or through a friend or advocate.
All reports of sexual assault are treated as confidential. The College will work with authorized agencies such as hospitals, public law enforcement, and campus security to obtain needed assistance for the victims and to take steps for resolution. Disclosure is confidential and will not be released. If the victim is a minor, the parents or guardian will be informed. The College will ensure case follow-up and assist with person concerns, victim advocacy and counseling referral services.
Help is available from the State Attorney's Office for victims with questions or doubts about prosecution.
CAMPUS SECURITY GATES
- Niceville Campus main entry gates and east gates open at 5:30 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m.
- Niceville Campus west gates remain open 24 hours a day due to Emergency Operations Center located on the Niceville Campus.
- Fort Walton Beach Campus gates are open at 5:30 a.m. and close at 11:00 p.m.
- When class is not in session, they are closed at 9:00 p.m. Athletic events at the gym or sports complex and Arts Center productions may create exceptions to the close time.
|NWF STATE COLLEGE PUBLIC SAFETY|
|Physical Plant Department||(850) 729-5380/ext. 5380|
|Niceville Campus Security Emergency or after hours||(850) 729-5335/ext.5335
(NWF State College ALERT)
|FWB Campus Security Emergency or after hours||850.729.6888|
|Niceville Police||911 or (850) 729-4030|
|Crestview Police||911 or (850) 682-2055|
|DeFuniak Springs Police||911 or (850) 892-8511|
|Okaloosa Sheriff's Office||911 or (850) 651-7400|
|Walton Sheriff's Office||911 or (850) 892-8111|
|Note: Press "9" then 911 when using a campus phone|
|Twin Cities Hospital, Niceville||(850) 729-4131|
|Walton County Hospital, DeFuniak Springs||(850) 892-5874|
|North Okaloosa Medical Center, Crestview||(850) 689-8100|
|Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Ft. Walton Beach||(850) 862-1111|
|Sacred Heart Emerald Coast, Destin||(850) 278-3000|
|State Attorney's Office (Tallahassee)||(850) 487-1963|
We hope that by offering this safety information we will increase your personal awareness and improve our campus environment.