What is Safety Planning?
Safety planning is all about thinking ahead and making sure you are prepared to avoid potential harm or removing yourself from existing harm. Your safety and health are important to us, and we want you to feel equipped and have access to safety. Below are some ways you can prepare yourself or help prepare others for safety. If you are in a violent situation and your safety is at risk, please dial 911 or call LUPD’s emergency number (434) 592-3911.
Safety Planning Steps
- Know your safe places. Learn where you can go to receive help and receive resources to help you. The OEC is located in Demoss Hall 1232, we are open 8 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday. If it is an emergency, please contact LUPD or call 911.
- Have a support system. You do not have to be alone. Create a network of people you know and trust to help you find safety from the situation. It is important to have a community in times of crisis to help you find recovery.
- Have an excuse. Always have an excuse ready to be able to leave situations that may become dangerous.
- Have your phone ready. Make sure your phone is charged and you have people you trust as emergency contacts. If at any point you do not have access to your phone have people’s numbers memorized.
- Change your routine. Be aware of your daily patterns and change them sporadically. Take different routes, make different stops, and come and go places at different times.
- Document the incidents. Keeping a log of the incidents that have occurred can be especially helpful if you choose to the report to the OEC or law enforcement. Stalking and Incident Behavior Log
- Have an Escape Bag. Have a bag packed with your basic necessities and anything important to you. Any keys, credit cards, forms of I.D., have them ready. Hide the bag well so that it can not be found.
- Have a Plan. Know where you are going to stay, and how you are going to get there. make sure you have plenty of gas or know the bus routes to get to your destination.
- Have a Backup. If your first plan is no longer an option have a second route and destination in mind that you can quickly reroute to.
- Make your support network aware. Make sure you keep your support system aware of what is going on and when they can expect you to arrive.
Safety planning. RAINN. Retrieved April 27, 2023, from https://www.rainn.org/articles/safety-planning
Sexual Misconduct Prevention
Sexual Assault Awareness
Awareness of sexual misconduct is important to help the victims of assault while also preventing future assaults. Our page on sexual assault awareness has more information on how you can be more aware and what you can do to help prevent sexual assault.
No one should have to stand alone when it comes to sexual assault. Never assume someone else will help, always be ready to step in and promote safety for not just yourself but others. Our Bystander Intervention page gives a plan on how to intervene in sexual misconduct situations safely.
Consent is necessary for every relationship and it is key to maintaining healthy relationships and boundaries. Consent is the voluntary, affirmative, and freely-given agreement, through words and/ or actions in reference to sexual and non-sexual physical touch. Learn more about how to practice consent here.
For current and long-term safety, consider developing a plan which could help you remain safe and reduce risk of future harm. Contact our office for safety planning assistance at (434) 592-4999. Contact Liberty University Police Department if you are in immediate danger (434) 592-3911. Get Information about safety planning: National Domestic Violence Hotline.
LUPD Safe Ride
Liberty University Police Department (LUPD) offers a service where you can get a safe ride.
On Demand Ride (ODR)
Liberty University transit offers students, faculty, and staff a safe ride on and off campus.
Schedule an On Demand Ride:
- Open the My LU app
- Click My Access from the left-hand menu
- Open the All Navigation dropdown
- Scroll down to find “On Demand Rides”
ODR Service schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How You Can Stay Safe on Campus
Sign up for the Campus Alert System
Emergency Contact Boxes:
Be aware of the blue emergency contact boxes on campus to contact LUPD if you experience an emergency.
East Campus Satellite South
East Campus Satellite Bus Stop
East Campus Lacrosse Parking
East Campus Indoor Track Parking
East Campus Natatorium Parking
East Campus Askew Lot
Dorm 31 Area Parking
Dorm 33 Area Parking
Jerry Falwell Library Green Space
460 Tunnel Garage Side
460 Tunnel Vines Center Side
Wards Tunnel – Vines Center Side
Wards Tunnel – Wards Road Side
Liberty now offers Flames Self Defense, a basic self-defense course to educate, enhance, and empower women to reduce their risk of victimization. Students receive access to hands-on training courses, a comprehensive reference manual, and other resources.
Sign up for the online Flames Self – Defense Course.
- Use common sense: If something doesn’t look or feel right, it probably isn’t.
Always be aware of your surroundings: Continually look and listen to what’s going on around you.
Show that you’re confident: Walk with a sense of purpose, keep your head up, and make eye contact.
React to potential problems before they can develop: Don’t wait for an uncertain or uncomfortable situation to go wrong; leave, call the police, or take other protective actions.
Educate yourself: Take time to review personal safety information from an accurate and trustworthy source. The LUPD Crime Prevention Unit offers self-defense classes for students, faculty, and staff.
Visit our Information page for additional resources and support.