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Frequently Offered Advice (FOA)

  1. Timely Warning; Now What? After a timely warning has been issued, we expect the community to be more aware and cautious of their surroundings. There is no reason to be immediately concerned for health or safety unless that is specified in the notice.
  2. Not just SDSU: Every institution that publishes an Annual Security Report (ASR) also must send timely warnings when appropriate. Please seek out other institutions’ websites for their timely warnings to get an idea of frequency and nature of warnings across the country.
  3. All about safety: Every timely warning, weather notice, or emergency notification is sent to help keep the community safe. Sometimes action on your part is required, other times, all we need is your awareness. The end goal is to help each member of our community be safe and focus on issues related to their purpose at SDSU.
  4. Alcohol use: Many crimes committed are done so under the influence of alcohol. Some crimes are committed under the influence of other drugs. If you are of legal age and choose to drink alcohol, we ask that you do so responsibly and in moderation. This is usually about one standard drink per hour. No, this does not mean 6 shots then nothing for 6 hours; one drink per hour. If you’re under legal age to consume alcohol; please don’t. If you choose to, you may face legal consequences, student conduct matters and, you might find yourself involved with another crime as a result of your judgment being significantly diminished due to alcohol use.
  5. Personal safety: Most crimes are a matter of convenience. Our recommendation is to not make it convenient for those who might have ill intent.
    1. Lock your car, every time you leave it and don’t leave items of value in plain sight.
    2. Lock your residence hall room door. It does not matter that your roommate lost their key a month ago or doesn’t like to carry keys. Your safety is more important than their convenience or their pocketbook when they pay for a lock to be changed.
    3. Keep your stuff with you. When at the Union, Library, or other common space on campus, do not leave your MacBook on the table when you go to order your food or find the book for your research paper.
  6. Most students are safe: There are few crimes every year. Even when there are 2-3 timely warnings close together, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s been a rash of crimes; it likely means there have been reports usually about unrelated crimes. Most students will attend and graduate from SDSU without ever interacting with student conduct or UPD. When a student is found responsible for violating the student code of conduct for harming others or putting others at fear or risk of harm, their mistreatment of a member of the SDSU community could lead to their permanent removal from SDSU.