In the spirit of National Campus Safety Awareness Month, OSU-Tulsa Police Chief Melvin Murdock would like to provide students, faculty and staff some basic tips to stay safe on and off campus.
"OSU-Tulsa is one of the safest college campuses in the Big 12 and crime is rare on campus," he said. "A large part of this is due to the efforts of our students, faculty and staff."
The most important thing is to report anything suspicious immediately to campus police as a prevention against crime.
Other tips include being alert and aware of your surroundings, locking car and office doors, keeping all valuables out of sight and avoiding dark or vacant areas.
"Remember, if you see something, say something. Don’t worry about being embarrassed or that you are bothering us," Murdock said. "The OSU-Tulsa Police Department is here to serve you."
OSU-Tulsa police officers are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Individuals may report concerns or suspicious activities to the the OSU-Tulsa Police Department by stopping by Main Hall 1401, calling 918-594-8123 or using the free Cowboy Guardian smartphone app available exclusively to those on the OSU-Tulsa campus.
Cowboy Guardian provides an easy way to contact OSU-Tulsa Police in an emergency or report tips and photos by text. Users may also set a safety timer that can be activated when leaving or walking to a car or another area on campus. If the timer goes off without being deactivated, an OSU-Tulsa Police dispatcher will contact the user to verify their safety.
The app is available on the OSU-Tulsa website, the iTunes App Store or Google Play.