As you wrap up the spring semester and prepare for summer break, I want to remind you of tips and resources for your personal safety.
Situational awareness: It’s important to remain aware of your surroundings so you can identify and avoid potential risks—whether you are on campus, in Knoxville, or in another city. Whether you’re walking or about to enter your vehicle, minimize your distraction. Keep your eyes off your mobile device and earbuds out of your ears.
Protect your valuables: Close and lock all windows and doors when you park. Lock your car and take your keys with you. Never leave your vehicle while it is running. Remove or hide all valuables from plain view.
LiveSafe: Let trusted people know where you are whenever you’re out and about. You can share your location with them by using the SafeWalk feature of LiveSafe, the UT safety mobile app. You can also use the app to access campus services and resources. You can place an emergency call to the nearest 911—no matter where you are.
Ride-share safety: Using a ride-share vehicle is commonplace on and off campus. Before entering a vehicle, verify that the car, driver, and license plate match what’s shown in the app. If they do not match, do not approach the vehicle. Ask “What’s my name?” before entering the vehicle. If they can’t answer you, walk away. Once inside a ride-share vehicle, you can use the LiveSafe SafeWalk feature to have a friend or loved one virtually accompany you. Never get in a vehicle with anyone who is not registered with a ride-share app.
Best wishes for a safe and happy summer. Go Vols!
Chief of Police
Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety