Campuses are relatively safe places. There are people usually around at all hours throughout the day and night. There are cameras. There are campus courtesy officers and some campuses have their own police department. Safety concerns impact college campuses, because of the campuses easy access. Most of the doors are unlocked throughout the day and do not require anything for access. It is easy to blend in with the student population; all you need is a backpack and you will blend right in. Below are a few tips to help keep you aware of your safety while on campus.
1. Save important phone numbers in your phone and ensure you have them saved wit quick access.
a. Add Campus Security/Police.
b. Add your Residence Hall Emergency Phone.
c. Add your Resident Assistant.
2. Adopt the Buddy System. Try to avoid walking alone especially at night. Going across campus to the library late at night, take a friend with you, meet up and go together. Don’t have any friends to go with you? Utilize your campus resources.
a. You have officers available to provide an escort with a simple call.
b. Take the shuttle instead of walking.
c. Research student groups and other resources on campus that provide services and focus on campus safety.
3. Party Smart.
a. This is where having a buddy is extremely important. Go together, stay together, and leave together.
b. Never leave your drink unattended and do not take a drink that is already open (or that you did not see being poured or accept from someone you don’t know.
c. If you suspect trouble leave.
d. Be aware of where you are and who you are with.
4. See something, Say something. If you notice something that appears to be out of the ordinary, if something seems off, or if there is danger call for help immediately. It won’t hurt to have the campus officers check on things.
5. Be aware of your surroundings. Ensure you are paying attention to what is going on around you is extremely important. Avoid texting while walking, play music on low or only use one ear bud. Be attentive and take time to see who is around you and what is happening.
6. If you have a car, ensure it is safe and secure as well.
a. Do not leave ANY personal items in plain sight. Thieves see value in anything they can exchange money, this includes textbooks, electronics, and other personal items.
b. Lock your doors. Leaving your doors unlocked or your windows cracked is an invitation for a thief to help themselves.
c. Be aware of your surroundings. Check the car before entering, look around to notice any lurkers, and look for anything that may be suspicious.
7. Know safe places on campus. Regardless of your location on campus, know your surroundings. Actively preparing for the following scenarios will allow you to stay calm and think clearly during the situation. Identify the closest exit or place of refuge and ways you can protect yourself in the following situations:
e. Active Shooter
Safety cannot be guaranteed, but following these tips will assist as you navigate on campus.