Safety Tips for On Campus Students When You Are Off Campus

The following safety tips as well as laws and ordinances for the City of Albany and New York State will HELP YOU to make informed and responsible decisions regarding your safety and behavior in the larger community in which the University resides.

SAFETY TIPS:

  • When at all possible, don't walk alone at night. When it is unavoidable, stay alert and pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Avoid dark places or groups of people; be aware of places that people can hide.
  • If you feel that you are being followed, go to the nearest place where you think you'll find people and ask them to call the police.
  • If you are being followed by someone in a car, turn around and walk in the opposite direction, then find the nearest safe place (it will take time for the car to turn around if they want to keep following you).
  • Walk facing traffic so you can see approaching cars.

DON'T . . .

  • Go to a stranger's apartment.
  • Overindulge.
  • Let your guard down.
  • Go to places alone

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT?

The City of Albany's NOISE ORDINANCE?
It prohibits unreasonable noise any time, but particularly between 8:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Police may issue appearance tickets to or even arrest violators. Fines range up to $250 and/or 15 days in jail for repeat or serious violators.

The OPEN CONTAINER LAW?
It is illegal for a person to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place. Fines range from $150-$250 or imprisonment up to 10-15 days.

FAKE ID VIOLATIONS?
Persons who purchase or attempt to purchase an alcoholic beverage through fraudulent means (i.e. altered/fake ID/drivers license) are guilty of a CRIME (Felony) punishable by a fine up to $5000, jail and/or community service. If a NYS driver's license is involved, the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles may suspend the person's driver's license for 90 days.

THE NYS ALCOHOL BEVERAGE CONTROL LAW?
Persons under the age of 21 are prohibited from possessing any alcoholic beverage with the intent to consume the beverage. Violators are subject to a fine of up to $50 per offense plus 30 hours of community service and the cost for completion of an alcohol awareness program ($175.00-$300.00).

FOR ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFORMATION, VISIT THE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT LOCATED IN THE UNIVERSITY POLICE BUILDING ON THE UPTOWN CAMPUS.