Running or Walking on Campus

Walking on campus

  • When possible walk with a friend.
  • Be especially aware of your surroundings at times when you may be less alert and more vulnerable (i.e when you are tired, upset, sick or when you have been drinking.
  • Use discretion and caution when taking shortcuts through isolated parts of campus.
  • When possible, stay in well-lit areas and use routes that appear more heavily traveled.
  • If you feel uncomfortable walking home alone call Safewalk at 780-4-WALK-ME. Protective Services also offers a safety escort service outside of Safewalk hours.
  • If you don't have cell phone familiarize yourself with the locations of emergency blue phones.


  • Carry identification. If you have medical conditions consider investing in a medical alert bracelet.
    Run with a partner if possible.
  • If possible, plan your running route ahead of time. Write it down or leave word of it with your friends or family.
  • Run in familiar locations. Know the locations of emergency phones and open businesses and stores.
  • Avoid unpopulated areas, deserted streets and overgrown trails. Especially avoid unlit areas at night.
  • Be aware of your surroundings! Keep the volume of your headphones at such a level that you can still hear traffic noise or other people approaching.
  • Ignore verbal harassment.
  • If no sidewalk is available, run against traffic so you can observe approaching vehicles.
  • Wear reflective material if you must run before dawn or after dark.
  • Use your intuition about suspicious persons or areas.
  • Carry a cellphone if possible.

If you are are being followed by either another person or a vehicle

  • Call 9-1-1 if you feel you are in immediate danger anywhere at any time.
  • If on campus call UAPS immediately at 780-492-5050.
  • Cross the street to see if they continue to follow.
  • Go to where other people are or open business.
  • Report as much description about the person or vehicle following you as possible to either UAPS or Police. Any description you provide can be helpful!