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Personal safety is of great concern. Assaults upon students have occurred in hospitals, parking areas, and other places where students need to travel. No area of Wichita or El Dorado can be considered free of threat. When you are going to and from your clinical site, please keep the following in mind:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Evaluate threat. Be aware of who is around you how many, their affect, and how rapidly they may be approaching you.
  • If available, carry a panic alarm.
  • Always walk with others to and from parking. Do not walk by yourself.
  • Do not park next to a van with the van doors opening on your driver's side.
  • Do not appear to be vulnerable by burdening yourself with books and
  • packages or walking slowly as if you were unsure of yourself.
  • Do not enter any occupied elevator by yourself.
  • Keep your distance from other pedestrians. Be wary of those asking for direction or anything else of you.
  • As you enter the parking area, have your car key in hand.
  • Before you enter your car, look underneath and inside for potential attackers before you unlock your door.
  • As soon as you enter your car, lock the doors and keep them locked as you drive. Move from the parking area immediately.
  • If you must roll down your window, do not open it enough for someone to reach in and grab you.
  • Do not hesitate to call hospital security for escort if you feel threatened.
  • If you feel threatened; honk you horn, set off your alarm, scream, or do anything else to attract attention.
  • If you are parking at night, park in the best-lighted area of the parking lot or garage.
  • Be sure to note the location of your car in the parking area.
  • Keep an escape route in mind, should an attacker surprise you.
  • Maintain eye contact with a person who is threatening to you. Don't panic. Use your good judgment in these difficult situations. If you observe the above, you will reduce your vulnerability and your risk of attack.

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Updated September 2011