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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Protecting Yourself

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Help prevent crime on campus, please take time to read below for your personal safety. If you are aware of any criminal or illegal activity at Minnesota State University, Mankato, notify Security. Employees of the University are required to report criminal activity on campus.

Traveling by Foot

  • Walk on well lit routes.
  • Have your keys in hand and be ready to open a locked door.
  • Call for a University Security for a Safe Walk: 507-389-2111 V/TTY.
  • When possible let someone you know and trust aware of your return time and route.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Refrain from taking shortcuts; walk where there is plenty of light and traffic.

Harassing Phone Calls

  • Hang up. As soon as you hear an obscenity, improper question, or no response to your "Hello?" hang up!!
  • Don't talk to strangers. Be careful when the caller says he/she is taking a survey. If you have any concern about the legitimacy of the survey, ask the person for their name and telephone number. Do not give out any personal information that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  • Don't play detective. Don't extend the call trying to figure out who is calling. This or any other type of reaction is exactly what the caller wants and needs.
  • Keep cool. Don't let the caller know you're upset or angry.
  • Don't try to be clever. A witty response may well be interpreted as a sign of encouragement.
  • Don't try to be a counselor. The annoyance or obscene caller certainly needs professional help, but this person is only encouraged by your concern. He/she will only continue the calls and will enjoy themselves while you get upset.
  • Never volunteer your name to an unknown caller. This is an invitation to call again. If it is a wrong number, the problem is not corrected by your giving the caller your name.
  • Don't panic. Remember when the phone rings it may just be a wrong number. However, if it continues, use the following instructions.
  • Report obscene or annoying calls to Security and the Department of Public Safety. Log what time the call was made, what was said, the characteristics of the caller, and what you did. The authorities will need this information. By reporting the call, you have begun the process to stop these calls.
  • If the calls persist and you live in the Residence Halls, you may want to speak with the Residential Life Office staff about possibly getting your telephone number changed.

Registered Sex Offenders

Information regarding potential, registered sex offenders that may work or reside on campus can be found on the Minnesota Department of Corrections web site. Additional questions may be answered by contacting the Mankato Police Department at 507-387-8700.

Be Aware

Be aware of strangers wandering aimlessly around your office or work area. If you notice a suspicious person or activity taking place contact Security (2111). Inform the dispatcher of the situation, where it is taking place, a description of individual(s) and number of persons involved.

If you are working late at night, keep your office locked and report any suspicious activity. Call 2111 if you would like an escort. A Security Officer will respond as quickly as possible. Report any personal threats immediately.