Part 2 of a 3-Part Series
Attending college is a grand adventure, whether students choose to live on campus or commute. It also can prove risky for anyone who fails to sufficiently prepare for potential emergencies. In our ongoing effort to save lives through training, the Allied Universal Fire Life Training System is expanding our online safety education to include residence hall fire life safety.
Using building-specific information, students living in campus housing who attend subscribing universities will be able to log in to modules designed to train them to be safe, whether they live in a residence hall, traditional or suite-style residence, on or off campus. To help college students stay safe while attending college, we are doing a three-part blog series about campus safety.
In part one, we offered helpful tips for keeping students safe relative to fire. This week’s post will focus on personal safety while in college. Check back next week to read about college safety relative to cyber security.
One of the most important ways to #BeSafe while in college is to make sure that students are aware of potential threats to their personal safety. A recent report by CBS News says that the top nine threats to today’s university students include:
- Colds and flu
- Hazardous mold
- Athlete’s foot
- Sleep deprivation
- Binge drinking
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
While we agree that the above are concerns, we suggest there are even more menacing threats to the typical college student’s safety. Whether students are walking on campus to go to a class, headed to the library, or on their way to a dorm, they should take steps to be safe:
- Lock the residence when leaving or sleeping.
- At night, walk in groups of at least two.
- Familiarize themselves with services provided by the office of campus safety. Potential services could include Blue Light emergency phone stations, campus escort services, safety maps with suggested secure routes and support for a safety app like Campus Safety.
- After dark, walk only on lit sidewalks.
- Know where you are going.
- When parking, remove valuables from plain view and lock vehicles.
- Record serial numbers for valuables and store them in a safe place.
- Report criminal incidents, losses and suspicious people to campus safety officers.
- Learn how to defend yourself.
- Maintain ready access to safety and security supplies.
- Dial 911 for life-threatening emergencies.
It is also imperative that students, as well as their friends, family members, and neighbors know how to properly respond and support someone who reports a crime to them in confidence. Victims and loved ones should know where to turn for resources and resolution.
Resources are available for males and females as well as non-victims:
- Campus Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO) Office
- Campus police
- The school’s Annual Security Report
- Off-campus information sources: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA),org, the Clery Center with whom we have a partnership.
- For gender-related violence, contact the Victim Rights Law Center, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA), and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) as well as on-campus advocacy groups.
- Another great resource is the Stalking Resource Center (SRC).Stalking is a crime that affects men as well as women.
- A rising problem among college students is suicide. Connect with Suicide Prevention in Higher Education.
Next week, check back to read our final post in this series about college safety. Remember that safety is a priority for everyone all year long. A convenient and affordable way to make sure you are prepared for disasters and emergencies of virtually every kind is to subscribe to the Allied Universal Fire Life Training System, which has been designed to help improve and save lives. For more information about the best system out there, or to subscribe, click here.