Safety Awareness and Crime Prevention



Western Governors University (WGU) is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty, and staff. Members of the WGU community are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their conduct and safety.  


Safety Awareness and Crime Prevention Programs

Annual Security Report Notification

Faculty, staff and students are notified annually via the Annual Security Report of university safety and prevention policies and procedures. In addition, members of the community are reminded to review the Employee Handbook and/or Code of Student Conduct for additional policies concerning prohibited conduct. Members of the community are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the emergency and safety information specific to any WGU facility they may visit.


Preventing Discrimination and Sexual Violence

During orientation, new employees and students are provided sexual harassment/sexual violence prevention and response training. Topics include awareness and prevention of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as well as consent, bystander intervention, and reporting options for survivors. The training is accessible on an ongoing basis for students, via the student portal, and for faculty and staff, via the HR portal.


Student Advantage Program

Members of the WGU community also have access to self-serve modules via the Student Advantage website on a variety of topics including:

  • Personal Protection: Violent crime can happen anywhere - even on the college or university campus. Protecting yourself often comes down to being aware of your surroundings, of those around you, and how you might be inviting crime to strike. The resources in this section are focused on helping you reduce your chance for violent crime, make smart decisions about a criminal encounter, and ways to recover your sense of security after a crime.
  • Drug Addiction: From the all-to-common cigarette habit, to more serious addictions like cocaine or heroin, there are many types of drugs that teens and adults encounter and resist in their lifetime. Understanding addiction and knowing who is at risk can help you identify your own problem or a loved one's and get the help you need.
  • Alcohol Abuse: When you study hard, you want to play hard. Unfortunately, for many college students, playing hard means excessive, dangerous drinking. When you abuse alcohol - at parties or even when you're alone - you might be developing negative habits that will follow you through the rest of your life. This section was created to help you understand the importance of moderation in your drinking habits, the dangers associated with alcohol abuse, and the myths that surround party drinking.


Crime Prevention Tips

An essential component of crime prevention is being alert and aware of your immediate environment. The National Crime Prevention Council provides the following personal safety tips:

  • Don’t walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are deserted.
  • When out at night, try to have a friend walk with you.
  • Carry only the money you’ll need on a particular day.
  • Don’t display your cash or any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry and clothing.
  • If you think someone is following you, switch directions or cross the street. If the person continues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or a lighted house. Don’t be afraid to yell for help.
  • Try to park in well-lighted areas with good visibility and close to walkways, stores, and people.
  • Make sure you have your key out as you approach your door.
  • Always lock your car, even if it’s in your own driveway; never leave your motor running.
  • Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keep a stranger from forcing you into their car.
  • If a dating partner has abused you, do not meet them alone. Do not let them in your home or car when you are alone.
  • If you are a battered spouse, call the police or sheriff immediately. Assault is a crime, whether committed by a stranger or your spouse or any other family member. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotline or a health center (the police can also make a referral) and leave immediately.
  • If someone tries to rob you, give up your property - don’t give up your life.
  • If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions can help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.


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