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Resources: Your Safety at UD

Know your Rights

The safety and security of our international students and scholars is critical to OISS and UD. It is important that you know your rights as a student or scholar and how you can be proactive in having a safe and successful stay at UD and in the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a great list of easy-to-use resources available on their website. They provides information and tips for interacting with US law enforcement and government agencies and understanding your rights:


Other resources:

Students: Know your Rights (ACLU)

Are You Coming To The United States Temporarily To Work Or Study? (US Department of State)


Traffic and Public Safety

University of Delaware Department of Public Safety works to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work, live and visit and is committed to providing quality service and protection to the entire University community. Reported crime is relatively low at the UD, but it is still important for the community to rememb

University of Delaware Department of Public Safety works to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work, live and visit and is committed to providing quality service and protection to the entire University community. Reported crime is relatively low at the UD, but it is still important for the community to remember that the University is not immune from criminal activity—we share many of the crime and safety issues that exist everywhere. In partnership with the community and other local police agencies, UD’s Department of Public Safety works to prevent crime and resolve issues that affect students, faculty, staff, and visitors. To learn more about the resources available from the Department of Public Safety, visit

Know the Rules of Traffic

In the U.S., people drive on the right side of the road, and the driver’s seat is on the left side of the car. If this is different from your home country, remember to look both ways before crossing the street. This may take some time to get used to, but it is very important for your safety.

When crossing a road at a crosswalk, look both ways before crossing even if the pedestrian light says Walk (in white). Cars are permitted to make a right turn at a red traffic light, so you must be aware of turning cars even if you have the right of way. It is not safe to cross the road other than at a crosswalk because drivers may not see you and are not expecting pedestrians to cross without a crosswalk. Crossing the road at a point other than an official crosswalk is known as “jaywalking” and is considered a criminal offense.

When riding a bicycle, you must obey the same traffic laws as if you were driving a car. Ride your bicycle with the flow of traffic and wear protective gear and a helmet, which is required by law. You must have a light on your bicycle if you are riding in the dark, and we recommend that you also wear light-colored or reflective cloth. Many roads have bicycle lanes, however, always be aware of traffic since drivers may not see your bicycle.

The law requires that a child under 4 years of age or weighing less than 40 pounds be restrained in a child car seat at all times while you are driving in the U.S. The driver and passengers must also wear seatbelts.

Health Insurance

Having adequate health insurance is a necessary part of living in the United States. Unlike many other countries, the cost of health care (even routine care) in the U.S. is very expensive. An emergency visit to the ER can cost thousands of dollars, even if you are not treated or admitted. For this reason, Americans, as well as international students and scholars, are required to purchase health insurance. Health insurance can dramatically reduce the cost of health care, but you must be smart about which plan to choose. Some health care providers seem less expensive, but do not keep you very safe or healthy. The University of Delaware and the U.S. Department of State have developed guidelines for acceptable coverage, and not all health insurance companies fall within these guidelines.
For detailed information on health insurance, as well as the plan required for international students, please visit the Office of Risk Management via

Take Care of your Health

The Student Health Service (SHS) provides a full range of primary care, treatment, and referral services, as well as related health education programs. All programs and services are aimed at maintaining the physical and emotional well-being of University of Delaware students. Services include: a medical clinic, self-care clinic for cold and minor wounds, specific men’s and women’s health issues, dispensary services, immunizations and allergy clinic, lab and x-ray services, and more. Hours and information are available online at In addition, the University offers a special series of programs for students under the title of “Healthy HENS that encourage Healthy Exercise Nutrition and Sleep. Read more about these programs and services at healthyhens, or e-mail

New Ebola website launched as campus resource

UD cares about your health and well-being. The Office for International Students and Scholars has been working closely with Student Health Services to actively monitor updates on the Ebola Virus Disease from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Should you travel to any of the affected countries, per CDC recommendations, please monitor your temperature daily for signs of a temperature 101.5 degree (Farenheit) the first 21 days after you have traveled. If you develop a fever, please call Student Health Services at (302-831-2226) to discuss plan of care with them. For more information and to keep current on latest updates, please check:

UD is a tobacco-free campus

All campuses at UD are tocacco-free. In an effort to promote a healthy campus, the University of Delaware announced a new policy that will ban the use of all tobacco products on University property as of August 1, 2014. This applies to all academic and office buildings, vehicles and outdoors properties at UD. The policy was initiated and recommended by the University’s Student Government Association and supported by the Graduate Student Government. To read more about this policy, please click here.

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Title IX's broad prohibition against sex discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual assault – we are calling this “Sexual Misconduct.” UD’s Sexual Misconduct Policy was effective July 1, 2015 and can be found at Title IX protects: women, men, students, faculty, staff, visitors/vendors when on our campus

Social and legal rules about dating, treatment of women and men, and sexual relations might be different in the US than what you are used to. You can learn more about sexual misconduct, to protect yourself and the people around you, by reading the information located here.

If you have questions regarding sexual assault or misconduct, or you feel that you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault or discrimination, contact the Office for Equity and Inclusion at (302) 831-8063, or visit 305 Hullihen Hall.

Emergency Contact Information

Always dial 911 or call public safety at 302-831-2222 first in case of an emergency.

OISS General Phone Number: 302-831-2115

University Police: 302-831-2222

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Travel Alerts and Warnings

The U.S. Department of State regularly monitors international global health, safety and security risks and issues travel alerts and warnings for future travelers. When planning your travel, please review the information available on their web site.