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The Office of the Dean of Students encourages students to take advantage of all that the nation's capitol has to offer. Navigating the city safely and successfully requires a combination of commonsense and awareness.

A city as full of past history and history in the making as Washington DC has much to offer. With a minimum of preparation and precaution, two things that should accompany you wherever you travel, trips out and about will bring a wonderful return.

So whether you are taking in the national monuments, visiting museums, studying in the Library of Congress, or just having a well-earned night out with friends in Adams Morgan, U Street, or Dupont Circle, follow these simple safety rules.

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times, especially during late and early morning hours.
  • Know who else is on the street in your immediate vicinity and what is going on.
  • Avoid walking alone, especially late at night or in the early morning hours.
  • Avoid being distracted by talking on your cell phone or wearing headphones.
  • Program important phone numbers into your cell phone, including the Public Safety emergency line (202-885-3636).
  • Subscribe to AU Campus Connect & Subscribe to AlertDC
  • Visit the Emergency Preparedness website
  • Let your roommate or friends know where you are going and when you'll return.

Questions or Concerns? Call Public Safety at 202-885-2527 or Office of the Dean of Students at 202-885-3300