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Residence Security

Treat the residence as you would your own home. When you live at home, you are cautious about who enters your home and who has access to your personal property. When you live on campus, you should be just as cautious. Security Services uses various tools to ensure your safety while living in residence, but there are several things that you can do to help back that up.

  • Report any problems to a Residence Don or PropertyWatch Security Official – especially those things that work to keep campus safe, such as fire extinguishers, electronic door systems, or lights.
  • Do not leave or prop doors open, and do not let strangers in with you, delivery persons for example. Instead, have them contact students using the intercom.
  • Report any suspicious persons to your Don, Residence Life Coordinator, Night Porter or the Security Control Centre.
  • Keep your doors and windows locked at all times. Getting in this habit decreases the chances of you forgetting.
  • In case of fire, evacuate immediately upon hearing the fire alarm. Close doors behind you, but leave them unlocked.

How to Deal with Harassing and/or Obscene Telephone Calls

  • Hang up immediately. Do not try to talk to the caller, as this will only promote further contact.
  • Avoid letting the caller know that you are angry or upset. Try to remain calm.
    Try to form your answers in a way that gives away as little information as possible. For example, if the caller asks “who is this,” respond by asking “who are you looking for?”
  • Usually obscene or harassing phone calls are made by someone known to the person receiving the calls, so try to avoid discussing the calls or letting acquaintances know that they have angered or upset you.
  • Keep a detailed record of all calls, e-mails, etc.
  • Contact Telecom York to change your phone number.
  • Contact Security Services to report any harassing correspondence immediately, especially if it becomes threatening.

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