Tips for Avoiding Trouble

  • Never leave your door unlocked when leaving or sleeping.
  • Don’t leave your belongings unattended on campus.
  • Report any suspicious activity on campus to Safety at 762-9501.
  • Avoid walking or jogging alone at night.
  • Walk with friends and use well-lighted and highly-traveled routes whenever possible.
  • Do not accept rides from strangers.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • If you feel threatened, go to an open place of business or lighted home. Don’t be embarrassed to make a scene; it’s better than being mugged or assaulted.

Do not let any crime go unreported. To report a crime in progress on campus, contact the Kettering University Campus Safety at (810) 762-9501. In the event of an emergency off-campus, contact the Flint Police at 911. In the case of a serious crime, try to preserve the crime scene so that evidence is not lost or destroyed. Assist investigating officers. Be willing to sign a complaint and testify in court.

Acquaintance Rape

On college campuses, the most prevalent type of sexual assault is acquaintance rape. In acquaintance rape, the attacker can be a friend, relative, spouse, lover, neighbor, co-worker, employer, employee, etc. It is not unusual for acquaintance rape to include physical force, with or without a weapon. Generally speaking, the closer the relationship with the attacker, the greater the shock for the victim.

The following tips concern acquaintance rape:

  • Be honest; communicate what you want honestly and respectfully.
  • Be aware of what is taking place around you.
  • Trust your instincts, stand up for yourself, and be willing to make a scene.
  • It is never okay to force yourself on an individual.
  • Be aware that “force” can be emotional coercion and intimidation as well as physical force.
  • Be aware that alcohol and/or drugs may impair your judgment.
  • Remember: No means no.

Complaints, questions and concerns regarding sexual assault or harassment should be directed to Betsy Homsher, Dean of Students or Cristina Reed, Interim Director of Wellness Center.