Protect Personal Information
Never share personal information, such as your financial or email account passwords, your social security number, your dorm address, your work address, or details about your daily routines with people you don’t know.
Get to Know Potential Collaborators
A phone call or video chat can be a useful screening tool. Take your time getting to know potential collaborators before agreeing to share your creative property or meet in person. Do your research. If possible, try to find pictures and see what additional information comes up about the person.
Meet in Public
When meeting for the first time, meet new collaborators in a populated, public place where there are plenty of people around, like a restaurant, cafe, skating rink, or another place where there’s typically a good crowd. Avoid meeting in your dorm room or secluded locations.
Tell Friends About Your Plans
When making plans to meet new collaborators, tell a friend or family member who you are meeting, where you are going, and when. It gives you the comfort of knowing someone else knows where you’re supposed to be if something goes wrong. Consider sharing your location digitally or bringing a friend with you.
Plan Your Transportation in Advance
Before you meet, take the time to make sure you have a reliable plan for getting there and back safely and independently. Don’t accept the invitation to carpool. Take your vehicle or use public transportation if possible. A back-up plan is always a good idea. Consider rideshare services or a friend you can call to pick you up.
Trust Your Instincts
If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe online, decline the collaboration. If you feel uncomfortable or unsafe during the meeting, leave immediately.
Report Unsafe Behavior
Help protect yourself and others by reporting unsafe behavior. In cases of inappropriate behavior that occurs in-person, please notify your campus security and law enforcement first.