SafetyK-State Campus Safety
Students, faculty and staff have worked hard to keep our campus safe by providing escort services, improved lighting on major walkways and other programs. Following the tips below can help protect yourself and others.
Protect your possessions
Thieves are opportunists so don't give them the chance.
- Lock your doors while asleep or away.
- Keep valuables out of sight.
- Do not leave laptops, cell phones and other valuables unattended in public places.
- Register your bike with Parking Services and secure it with a quality lock.
- Check into renter's insurance through your family's insurance agent.
- See more tips about preventing theft.
Stroll street smart
Although campus is well-lit and police patrol regularly, it is wise to be proactive and aware.
- Walk with a friend who you know well, especially at night.
- Use Wildcat Walk to escort you on campus at night.
- Add phone numbers for Wildcat Walk, 785-395-SAFE (7233); Campus Police, 785-532-6412; SafeRide, 785-532-6541; Emergency Hotline for the Women's Center, 785-458-9080; and Lafene Heath Center, 785-532-6544 to your cell phone.
- Stay alert to your surroundings.
- Know the locations of blue emergency phone boxes.
- See more tips on staying street smart.
Sign up for K-State Alerts to notify you in case of an emergency.
- K-State Alerts will send you a text, email or voice message if there is an alert for campus.
- Alert beacons, police public address system and website postings will warn in the event of a campus emergency.
- Know Manhattan and campus laws and policies. For example, it is against the law to talk or text on your cell phone while driving in Manhattan city limits.
Be socially safe
Whether at a friend's house or using Facebook or Twitter, think before you act.
- Never post personal information such as upcoming plans, phone numbers, addresses and class schedules on social media sites that people could use to take advantage of you.
- Set privacy settings so only approved friends can see your photos.
- Think twice before posting inappropriate, revealing or harmful information about you or others for everyone to see. It could be used against you in the future.
- Don't drink anything that is given to you or that you didn't open yourself. The date rape drug is easily disguised in a drink.
- Protect yourself from sexual assault and only go out with people you trust. Fact: More than 85 percent of college women know their attacker in sexual assault cases.
- Plan ahead for partying. Look out for your friends and use Safe Ride or a designated driver to get home if you have been drinking.
- Trust your instincts.
- Don't run the risk of ruining your future. Minor in possession and drunk-driving charges can carry huge fines, jail time and ruin your chance at a dream career.
Practice civic responsibility
As a community we need to take care of each other. Look out for friends' mental and physical well-being and report any suspicious comments or behavior.
- Read K-State's Principles of Community and Safety Report at Keeping K-State Safe.
- Report threatening behavior toward others or self.
- Use the campus police department's silent witness program to report crimes anonymously.
- Inform others about someone's obsession over weapons.
- Do your part to prevent stalking and harassment.
- Tell police about someone's plans of an attack.
- Visit K-State's 360 Stay Safe at College interactive video for additional safety tips.
Secure a safe shelter
Make your personal security a top priority when looking for a place to live off campus and preserve the safety of your residence hall.
- Rate the neighborhood safety.
- Evaluate the safety and security features of a rental, including window locks, dead bolts and smoke detectors.
- Protect your residence.
- Know your rights; contact Consumer and Tenant Affairs.
- Get to know your neighbors.
- Always lock your doors.
- Don't prop open outside doors.
- See more safety tips for living off campus or in the residence halls.
Stop sexual violence
Protect yourself and your friends from sexual violence.