Campus Safety

Campus Safety

Being aware of basic safety rules and tips can greatly enhance your time at USC. Everything from walking to class to having fun on the weekends create potential hazards. Educating yourself on how to prevent them guarantees you a fun and safe college experience.

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Bikes/Skateboard Safety

When riding a bike or skateboard off campus, you are considered a motor vehicle. As such, you are required to adhere to the same traffic laws that cars are. Here are some things to do every time you ride:

  • Ride on the street/in bike lanes, not on sidewalks
  • Go with the flow of traffic (not against it)
  • Obey all stop lights and stop signs
  • Give pedestrians the right of way
  • Don’t talk on your phone
  • Don’t wear headphones or ear buds; you need to hear what is happening around you

Some highly recommended tips include:

  • Wearing a helmet
  • Using turn signals
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing at night
  • Put lights on your bike

Pedestrian/Traffic Safety

Here are some things to keep in mind as a pedestrian:

  • Use crosswalks
  • Don’t assume that drivers will stop for you
  • Wear bright clothes when walking at night

Always be aware of bikers, skateboarders, cars and other pedestrians
Here are some general traffic reminders:

  • Pedestrians have the right of way
  • At crosswalks, make sure pedestrians are at least halfway across before you turn
  • Keep a car’s length between you and the car in front of you
  • Wait 3 seconds at stop signs
  • Turn your blinker on about 100 feet from where you are going to turn

Alcohol-Related Injuries

  • 1,825 college students die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries
  • More than 690,000 students are assaulted by another student who has been drinking
  • More than 97,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape
  • 599,000 students receive unintentional injuries under the influence of alcohol
  • More than 150,000 students develop alcohol-related health problems
  • 1.2 to 1.5% of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the last year due to drinking or drug abuse

Sexual Violence

USC Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services (RSVP) is located in the Engemann Student Health Center. RSVP provides immediate therapy services for situations related to gender and power-based harm (e.g., sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking). In case of an emergency or if you need immediate assistance, please call (213) 740-4900 (after hours, press zero “0” to speak to an on-call counselor). RSVP on-call counselors aid in discussing medical options, reporting options and provide crisis support and advocacy.

You can meet with a counselor in RSVP or Student Counseling Services at the Engemann Student Health Center to confidentially receive help.

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