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Remember: There are Emergency telephones all across campus.
Personal Safety

Safety is Everybody’s Business

Begin by learning how to keep yourself and your friends safe, how to summon help if you need it (ext. 6611), and how to report a crime.

The Public Safety Map of Campus pin-points emergency telephones all across campus — make a point of knowing where they are. You can get a copy of the map at the Visitor Information Center.

You’ll also find information there on safety escort and shuttle services, tips for avoiding danger, and support services for crime victims.

Access to Campus

Rensselaer is private property. Exterior entrances of all residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. All major residence halls are equipped with exterior door access control, monitored by Public Safety.

In addition, all rooms in residence halls are equipped with deadbolt locks and door peepholes. Access to closed academic facilities can be obtained only with an authorized key. Schedules for Academic Buildings are maintained by the Registrar and/or Facility Coordinators. Schedules for academic buildings fluctuate.

For everyone’s sake, respect building security.

Never prop doors open, and report damaged locks to Public Safety immediately.


College students are particularly vulnerable to victimization. Many are living away from home for the first time. New freedoms and peer pressures, coming at an age when sexual impulses are very strong, contribute to this vulnerability.

A tragic result is that sexual assault is the most common violent crime committed on college campuses today. In fact, research suggests that sexual activity may be forced on as many as 25 percent of all college females. Most of the assaults are committed by someone known to the victim.

Public Safety offers a free self defense program that female members of the Rensselaer community are encouraged to enroll in.

Though it is much less frequent, men can also be sexually assaulted. Male victims receive the same services as women. Emotional support, options, counseling, legal advocacy and medical treatment are available to assist all those recovering from sexual assault.

A commitment to safety is a commitment to creating an environment free from all forms of exploitation and intimidation. New freedoms bring new responsibilities — responsibility to oneself and to the entire community.

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