University of New Mexico Police and Security

University of New Mexico Police and Security

 
October 2019 STOMP
Safety Topic of the Month
Keeping Safe After Hours

There are a lot of social activities going on at and around UNM at night. Please keep safety in mind on your night out.

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   Safety in social settings:

  • If you are in familiar surroundings, such as your apartment, or your friend’s house, you are more likely to let your guard down. Students tend to drink more in these settings than at clubs or bars and may put themselves in dangerous situations.
  • Many sexual assaults on campus occur after excessive use of alcohol as someone the affected student knows or just met goes back to that student’s room with them.
  • The LoboRespect Advocacy Center (LRAC), the Women’s Resource Center (WRC), Student Health and Counseling (SHAC), and LGBTQ are confidential resources.
  • Alcohol studies have been done by COSAP with UNM Students. Check it out. The results may not be what you expected. How do you react to alcohol? Are you more likely to be pressured into sex when you drink?
  • Sexual Assault is when you do not or cannot consent to sexual activities.  If you think you have been sexually assaulted, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) exam is a confidential way to get treated medically and get all the resources you may need. If you have a SANE exam done, you can still report to police down the road and have the evidence to back you up in a criminal investigation.
  • Drugs, such as prescription meds, need to be locked away in a safe place. Invest in a lock box. COSAP has lock boxes disguised as books.
  • Prescription medications may react with alcohol, to learn more click here.

Getting there and back safely:

  • Call 277-2241 for an Escort on campus.
  • If you don’t want to drink, be the designated driver and know you are keeping your friends safe.
  • Be careful when using a service such as Uber or Lyft. Check the vehicle and driver to be sure they are who you called for.
  • If walking, walk with others and keep on lighted paths. The LoboGuardian app. has an emergency button that can locate you through GPS, as do the blue lights located throughout campus.

Protect the Pack; Safety Tips:

  • Bystander Intervention is a way to disrupt a situation before it gets worse. You can learn about different techniques from LRAC.
  • Did you know you can use the timer on your Lobo Guardian app as a way to communicate with a friend when to meet? You can set the timer and tell your friend that when the timer goes off it is time to check in on each other.
  • Call for Medical Services. Alcohol poisoning and drug overdoses can be lethal if not attended to immediately. Call 911. Don’t expect others to do it. Studies have shown that if there is a group of people present during an incident, chances are that each person expects someone else will get help. Don’t take that chance.
  • Amnesty is granted to students who may have violated drug or alcohol related policies under the Student Code of Conduct. The safety of students is our main focus, so don’t be afraid to report something.

Legal Consequences:

  • If you are under 21 and drinking, you could receive a Minor in Possession citation.
  • Supplying alcohol to a minor is a 4th Degree Felony, no matter what age the person is who supplies the alcohol.
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can influence your future in many ways other than having a record. The money and time spent for legal proceedings are less costly than if you crash, where lives may be lost or changed permanently due to injuries and trauma. 

 
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