Easy Ways to Stay Safe on CampusAugust 18, 2016, 03:51 PM
It doesn't matter if you're a man or woman, young or old, straight or gay, or any other combination of amazingness that makes the world unique, you deserve to be safe. Campus violence can happen to anyone, anywhere, and it's up to you to make smart decisions to protect yourself in the best ways possible.
Here are a few simple ways you can increase your safety during your studies:
Put Your Campus Security Number on Speed Dial. Your phone already knows 911, and emergency responders will likely do their best to get to you quickly in the event of an unsavory occurrence. Campus security, however, is already nearby by default. Program this number into your phone immediately, and add it to your favorites so it's easily accessible if an emergency arises. You never know when you'll need it.
Utilize Your University's Safety Shuttle. Many universities offer a car or van service to their student, but many people don't even know they exist. If your school has one, you have no reason not to use it. These vehicles are often available throughout the evening and after-dark hours, and they're intended to ensure that you arrive safely at your destination. Not sure if your school has one? Do a simple search or ask faculty, staff, or students if they know of such a program. If not, you can get the ball rolling!
Sign Up for Text Alerts. You have your phone on you at all times, and you'd be lying if you said you didn't check it a thousand times a day. Sign up for text alerts, if your school offers them, so you'll be apprised of any emergency situation that may arise.
Don't Go It Alone. This seems like the obvious answer, but it can be easy to forget. If you're at the library super late, call a friend to come get you well before you walk out the doors. If you're going to a party, never go by yourself, and never leave alone. If you think you can make the trek across campus to your significant other's dorm without incident, don't risk it. Always have someone with you, and if you need to, get some extra pillows and ask them to spend the night when you get to your destination.
Do you have other ways students can stay safe on campus? Please join in the conversation!