Public Safety is available to present educational programs to the university community. The department regularly presents programs using power point presentations, pamphlets, videos, practical exercises and other mediums to all faculty, staff and students. The following programs can be requested by contacting Lt. Gary Purvis at 478-445-1520. Click below for more information on each program.
Personal Safety for Women
Georgia College is a very safe campus. This does not mean that you should let your guard down. The Georgia College Police Department hosts several rape prevention/self-defense classes throughout the year. These classes are taught in a friendly and comfortable environment. This class is one of the most popular programs offered. It is approximately an hour long but additional time is offered at the request of students.
This class educates students and staff on the different forms of personal safety available to them. This class gives the pros and cons of several personal defense items, including pepper spray and personal alarms. A pepper spray demonstration is also given during this program to show the effectiveness of this defense mechanism.
This class educates students on responsible drinking, alcohol and the body, DUI, and underage drinking. A power point presentation is presented, along with brochures on alcohol and how it affects the body. Also, a drinking demonstration is conducted to show how a person reacts to alcohol; and standardized field sobriety tests are conducted by a Georgia College police officer.
Drug Awareness and Identification
This class educates students on how drugs affect the human body. A power point presentation is presented on this subject and drug identification is explained so students know what to look for while out on the town and what to look for if they suspect that other students are involved with drugs. Also, locations of agencies are provided for people fighting drug abuse.
This program is designed to educate students on the laws of the state of Georgia when it comes to two main types of transportation to and from class. A power point presentation is presented in this class on pedestrian and bicycle safety as well as a quick review of vehicle safety.
Identity Theft Awareness
Detect. Deter. Defend. This program is designed to educate students on how to protect themselves from identity thieves, how to recognize fraudulent attempts, and what to do if becoming a victim of identity theft. A power point presentation is presented, along with brochures with valuable information for victims of identity theft.
Personal safety and property security at Georgia College are everyone's responsibility. The Department of Public Safety urges all members of the Georgia College community to participate in making our campus as safe as possible. If you develop good security habits, you can assist us in safeguarding your property and university property.
There are over 60 emergency call boxes located throughout the Georgia College campus. They are strategically located in parking lots and walking areas throughout the entire campus, including The Village Apartments. The call boxes provide two-way communication between the caller and the Georgia College Police Department dispatcher. The call boxes can be used to report any type of emergency, suspicious activity, to ask for an escort, or any other public safety related inquiry.
Be a Little Suspicious
- You may know your neighbors in your residence hall or apartment building are fellow students-but what else do you know about them? At best, most of the people in your building will be acquaintances. Until you know them well enough to be friends, don't take chances.
- Don't lend your keys, student ID, driver's license, or other property to anyone.
Know Your Surroundings
- Know the locations of Emergency Call Boxes.
- Walk confidently, directly, at a steady pace.
- Walk on the side of the street facing traffic.
- Stay in well lighted areas as much as possible.
- Never work alone in an office or class-room on campus at night. Arrange a buddy system with someone you work or study with.
- While sunbathing stay within designated areas near residence
- Check your surroundings and car interior before opening your car door.
- Have your car or residence key in hand.
- Stay alert. Send the message you're calm, confident, and know where you're going.
- Trust your instincts – if someone makes you uncomfortable, walk to a well-populated area.
- Don't let unauthorized people "tailgate" through card access controlled doors.
- Try to use ATMs only during daylight hours – have your card ready and don't approach if you feel uneasy about the people nearby.
- Share your network phone numbers with class/activities schedule with parents and close friends.
- Always be alert and notify the Georgia College Police Department at (445) 4400 or 445-4054 of any unusual and suspicious activity.
- Walk with a friend at night.
- Never prop doors open; do not allow strangers to enter the premises.
- Always lock your door, even if you intend to return shortly or are just going down the hall.
Safety in your Car
- When leaving your vehicle, be certain your your doors are locked and windows are completely rolled up.
- Check the back seat before you get in.
- Have your keys in hand so you don't have to linger before getting in, especially at night.
- Keep packages and valuables out of sight in your vehicle either under a seat, in the glove box, or in the trunk.
- Park in well lit areas near other vehicles or in high pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas.
- Lock your residence hall or apartment door, even when you're home. Lock your car. Lock your bike. Lock your purse in a drawer in your office.
- Lock your door when you leave, even if you're only leaving "just for a minute." It only takes a thief 10 seconds to take something from your room or office.
- Lock your door when you sleep, even in a residence hall.
- Don't hide the key to your room or apartment outside. Thieves are more experienced than you at inventing–and discovering– such hiding places.
- Lock your bike to an immovable object with a maximum-security bike lock.
Don't Leave Your Property Unattended
- In the library, dining hall, classroom, restroom or any campus facility. Theft of backpacks and textbooks is common-the resale value of books makes them attractive targets for petty thieves. If you're leaving for a minute, take your things with you.
- Don't leave notes on your door announcing that you aren't home.
- Don't leave things in the laundry room.
- Never leave valuables unattended.
If you have information concerning a crime that has occurred on campus and would like to report it anonymously, please complete the form below. All information will be kept confidential. Your identity cannot be traced by submitting this form. Please provide as much information as possible in order to assist the Georgia College Police in addressing your concerns. This form is for reporting suspicious criminal activity only and is not for emergency or official reporting.