Princeton University’s Department of Public Safety is pleased to be able to offer a comprehensive basic self-defense program to all members of the University community. This 9 hour program includes an information session and practical self-defense technique instruction. A simulation exercise is offered to students at the end of the course, but is not a mandatory requirement of the program.
The next course dates are October 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 7PM until 10PM. Please email REACT-DPS@princeton.edu for more information and to enroll. There is limited availability in the course and we recommend enrolling as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
- Use common sense.
- Avoid walking alone or appearing distracted.
- Learn the best routes between your residence hall and your classes and activities. Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
- Share your class schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system. It is always a good idea to use the buddy system or travel in groups of two or more.
- When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
- Do not carry your passport, banking information or family details in your handbag, wallet, or vehicle. Do not save personal information on your mobile phone or laptop.
- Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
- Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
- At night try to walk or run in well-lit, regularly traveled pathways.
- Wherever you are, stay alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you.
- Use Tiger Transit after dark. After the shuttle buses have stopped running, call for a ride. On-Demand service is available from 9:00pm-3:00am, call (609) 258-RIDE (8-7433, 7 days a week). After 3am call Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 if you would like an escort home.
- Report suspicious behavior, vehicles or activities to the Department of Public Safety at (609) 258-1000 or by using any Blue Light Emergency Phone located throughout campus.
- Never take drinks from other people and don’t leave your drink unattended.
- Take your time in getting to know your companion or “date.” Don't spend time alone with someone who makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This means following your instincts and removing yourself from situations that you don't feel good about.