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Safety Resources & Prevention Services

Below are some common sense tips for how to avoid or stop harassing, annoying, or potentially dangerous situations.

Personal Safety Tips

What to Do:
  • If you would like your student information and phone number unlisted, go to the Registrar's office and file a request for confidentiality. This will place a warning next to your name that instructs college personnel not to give out your information.
  • Report alarming phone calls to University Police.
  • Avoid intoxicated persons. If you see a bad situation brewing alert University Police.


According to the U.S. Department of Justice, stalking is generally defined as a pattern of behavior directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.  As many as 1 in 4 women and 1 in 13 men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime and most often the stalker is someone the victim knows - an acquaintance, a relative, or a current or former intimate partner. Stalking is unpredictable and dangerous. No two stalking situations are alike. There are no guarantees that what works for one person work for another, yet victims can take steps to increase their safety

What to Do:
  • Call University Police to report it.
  • Walk in well-lit, well-traveled areas.
  • Trust your instincts. Victims of stalking often feel pressured by friends or family to downplay the stalker’s behavior, but stalking poses a real threat of harm. Your safety is paramount.
  • Call University Police if you feel you are in any immediate danger.
  • Keep a record or log of each contact with the stalker. Be sure to also document any police reports.
  • Stalkers often use technology to contact their victims. Save all e-mails, text messages, photos, and postings on social networking sites as evidence of the stalking behavior.
  • Get connected with a local victim advocate to talk through your options
  • If you suspect that others have your residence hall entry code or room combination, request that it be changed at residence life.
  • If you suspect that a car is following you when you are on foot do an "about face", walk in the other direction and go to the nearest public phone and call 911.
  • If you suspect you are being followed by someone on foot, cross the street walking in the opposite direction and call 911.
  • If while driving you suspect you are being followed by another vehicle, call 911 and drive directly to the closest police station and honk your horn until an officer comes out to help.
Additional Resources:

Residence Halls

  • Don't share your residence hall entry code or room combination with anyone.
  • Don't admit strangers to the residence hall, even if they look plausible. Send them to University Police or phone University Police to assist them.
  • Report any suspicious persons or activity to University Police.
  • Keep your room locked both when you are home or away.
  • Use the door viewer to identify callers before allowing entry.
  • Keep cash, credit cards, and Personal Identification Numbers secure.
  • Don’t send money or give out personal information in response to an unexpected request, whether it comes as a text, a phone call, or an email.  
  • Don’t deposit a check and wire money back.  Hang up on robocalls.  Be skeptical about free trial offers.  Don’t pay up front for a promise.
  • If you drink, drink responsibly.

Off-Campus Apartments

  • Keep your door locked when you are at home and away. Intruders can easily enter when you are in the backyard, etc.
  • Keep curtains closed at night.
  • Place alarm stickers on your windows and doors.
  • Get a dog, or at least a dog dish. Leave the dish out on the porch where potential burglars can see it.
  • Be certain your smoke alarms are operational and replace the batteries once a year.  Test the alarms at least once a month.
  • Keep a fully charged fire extinguisher accessible.
  • Do not leave cooking food unattended.
  • Smoking is the leading cause of death from fire.  Smokers falling asleep with a lit cigarette is a common cause.
  • Make sure there are multiple means of getting out in case of fire.  Do not store property where it can block a fire exit. Do not block window openings.
  • Make an escape plan in advance and test it.  Ask yourself, “Where can I get out if a fire starts ___________?”
  • Be sure fire escapes are operational and accessible.  Report any deficiencies to the City of Plattsburgh Building Inspectors Office at 518-563-7707.

Your Property

  • Keep cash, credit cards, Personal Billing Number and Personal Identification Numbers secure.
  • Keep your car locked and valuables out of sight.
  • Use book bag lockers at the dining halls.


Important phone numbers for on- and off-campus resources related to personal health and safety.

Interpersonal Violence & Hate Crimes

Laws and resources you should know about.

  • Judicial Process

    You are encouraged to report to University Police any sexual assault, dating/partner violence, stalking and/or hate crimes or incident. University Police will investigate your complaint and help you move forward with criminal charges and/or the college judicial process.

    You may also report to the Office of Student Conduct & Judicial Affairs. However, in this case you will not have the benefit of a police investigation. The Office of Student Conduct & Judicial Affairs can be reached at 518-564-3282. Where there is probable cause to believe the college’s regulations prohibiting sexual assault, dating/partner violence, stalking and/or hate crimes have been violated; the college will pursue strong judicial sanctions. Sanctions include, but are not limited to, suspension or dismissal from the college.

    The college will make every effort to be responsive and sensitive to the victims of these serious crimes. Protection of the victim and prevention of retaliation or continued incidents or crimes is the college's priority. When the victim and the accused live in the same residence hall, an immediate hearing with the Office of Student Conduct & Judicial Affairs will be held to determine the need for modifying the living arrangements. Assistance for any other personal or academic concerns will be reviewed and options provided.

    During the judicial process, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.

    The victim also has the right to:

    • Make a "victim impact statement" and to suggest an appropriate penalty if the accused is found in violation of the regulation.
    • Be informed immediately of the outcome of the hearing.
    • Remain present during the entire proceeding. If the victim has been sexually assaulted on campus:
    • As established in state criminal codes, be assured that his/her irrelevant past sexual history will not be discussed during the hearing.

    The rights of the accused during the judicial process are described in the Student Conduct Manual, Section IV. STUDENT RIGHTS WHEN CHARGED WITH A VIOLATION.

    Victims have the right to pursue adjudication of crimes that occur on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus through criminal courts and/or through the college’s internal judicial process (see Student Conduct Manual). University Police are trained to assist with prosecution in both systems.

    Student Conduct Manual

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