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Make College Safety Your First Course
8/7/2017 12:52:52 PM
As students begin the new year on college campuses across the country, most will probably be thinking about their class schedule, friends, football season, and back-to-school parties. These are all important elements of campus life, but there’s another one students shouldn’t forget: safety.

"The most important guideline for staying safe at college is knowing the school’s emergency policies and procedures,” says Joni Fontenot, chief operating officer for the Safety Council of Southwest Louisiana. "But keep in mind that there is only so much school officials can do to protect students. College students also have to take an active role in their own safety. Unfortunately, many students take a relaxed attitude toward safety, so parents should frequently review basic guidelines with their young adult students.”
The Safety Council offers the following suggestions for safety during the college years:

  • Study the campus and neighborhood routes between your residence and class/activities schedule. Know where emergency phones are located.
  • Share your daily schedule with parents and a network of close friends, to create a type of "buddy” system. Give all your phone numbers to your parents, advisors, and friends.
  • Always travel in groups.Use a bus or on-campus shuttle service after dark.Never walk alone at night, and avoid "shortcuts.”
  • Survey the campus, academic buildings, residence halls, parking lots, garages and other facilities while classes are in session and after dark to see which are adequately secured, lit and patrolled. Note the location – or absence of – emergency phones, escorts, and shuttle services.
  • Carefully evaluate off-campus student apartment complexes if you live off-campus. Check them out at night as well as during the day. Make sure lights and gates are in working order.
  • Doors and windows to your residence hall should be equipped with quality locking mechanisms. Room doors should be equipped with peep holes and deadbolts. Always lock them when you are absent. Do not loan out your key. Change locks when a key is lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your doors and windows at night. Never compromise your safety for a roommate who asks you to leave the door unlocked.
  • Do not leave your identification, wallets, checkbooks, jewelry, phone, and other valuables in open view. Use the password feature on your phone to protect information.
  • Program emergency numbers and contacts into your phone.
  • Know your neighbors and don’t be reluctant to report illegal activities and suspicious loitering.

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