Ask Piggy

Safety in the Residence Halls

Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is piggybacking?

A.  Piggybacking is when one person follows another person into a building without providing proper identification.  In the halls, this happens when people follow residents into the hall without swiping. Piggybacking is dangerous because it bypasses the security of the building.  Without swiping or checking guests in, Residence Life and Public Safety have no way to identify unwelcome guests.  You probably wouldn't let a stranger into an off-campus apartment complex; don't let them into the hall.

Q.  What if I piggyback with a friend or roommate?

A.  Even if the person behind you is a roommate or someone you know, it's important to make sure they swipe to avoid creating a piggybacking culture.  For example, you may have a significant other who visits you often in the hall;  if that relationship ends badly, you may not want that person to be allowed into the buillding.  

Q.  What should I do if someone tries to piggyback?

A.  Remind your friends and guests about the policies to get into the hall.  If you see someone piggybacking, don't be afraid speak up and ask them to swipe their ID or check in at the desk.  If you notice an unaccompanied, non-resident in the hall, contact Public Safety, your RA, or the front desk.

Q.  What can I do to stay safe in the halls?

A.  The most important thing is to remember that we're all responsible for our community.  Be alert to what is happening around you and don't be afraid to speak up or get University officials involved if you see something unusual, witness a policy violation, or feel unsafe. Also, take a few minutes to learn or review basic safety tips for inside and outside of the hall.

General Safety Tips

Make sure you have Public Safety's emergency number saved in your phone: 402.280.2911

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

  1. Do not walk alone at night.  Take the shuttle or call Public Safety for a ride.
  2. Know the locations of emergency blue-light phones. 
  3. Don't take shortcuts through alleys.
  4. If you feel you're being followed, stay in a well-lit area or public place.

In Your Car


  1. Keep your vehicle locked at all times, whether it is parked or you are driving, and keep the windows up.
  2. Have your keys in your hand as you approach your vehicle, check the back seat and floor before you enter.
  3. Park in well-lit, crowded areas. Avoid parking next to large vehicles like vans.
  4. If you have vehicle problems and someone stops, roll down the window an inch and ask him/her to call police.
  5. Never pick up hitchhikers.

Follow Your Instincts
If something doesn't feel right, listen to your instincts and get out of an area or situation immediately.