Personal safety tips

Campus is home to many students and a "home away from home" for other students and employees. It is important to take the same precautions on campus as you would in your own home to stay safe and keep your property secure.

Be aware of your surroundings: Awareness is key to staying safe. It means being alert to what is going on around you and whether or not that activity is normal for the setting. If something seems strange, unusual or suspicious, please contact the WSUPD immediately at 313-577-2222.

Keep your building secure: Campus buildings are reserved for students, staff, faculty, guests and visitors. They are not open to the public. Only authorized individuals may enter campus buildings, even during regular business hours. If you see anyone who does not appear to have legitimate business in a campus building, please contact the WSUPD immediately. 

Do not prop open building doors or admit persons you don't know into campus buildings. When you are not in your office or work area, consider closing and locking your office door.

When working late: If you work or study late in any campus building and few people are around, please feel free to call the Wayne State  University Police Department dispatcher. WSUPD's Safe Walk program offers the option of having an officer escort you from your office or classroom to your vehicle or living quarters.

Fraud prevention: Phone solicitation is a popular annoyance, yet scam artists make big money from unsuspecting people who fall for their schemes. Here are a few tips to remain safe from fraud.

  • Never assume that a friendly voice belongs to a trustworthy caller.

  • Never give out your credit card, social security or checking account numbers, or any information about yourself, unless you are the initiating party.

  • Ask the caller to identify themselves and what company they are with.

  • Never trust an unknown caller who tells you that you have won something but asks you to send money first.

  • Never make arrangements to wire money or have someone pick up money from your home.

  • If you feel that there is something unsettling going on, hang up.

  • When a legitimate telemarketer calls, you have the right to order the removal of your name and number from their list. Tell them to remove you from the list and never call you again. By law, they are required to remove you from the list.

  • Check all unsolicited offers with your Better Business Bureau.

  • Keep a file of all your credit card statements, receipts and customer numbers so you can verify any false charges made on your card.

  • If you lose your credit card or ATM card, call and cancel it immediately and be sure to tell the operator to put a stop on all transactions made on the card. Contact a credit bureau to protect your personal credit history.

  • Never give out your password to anyone posing as a network administrator of any sort.

  • Make sure online shopping sites use the latest encryption technology to secure your user information, credit card numbers and personal information.