Heading back to college is an exciting time for students. After spending the summer at home, it’s time to reconnect with friends, start new classes, and make some memorable experiences. But with new experiences and new environments comes the potential for additional risk and dangerous situations.
Here are some campus safety tips to remember when heading off to college this fall.
Campus Safety Tips:
- Stay alert. Whether walking to class, hanging with friends outside the dorm or attending a party, always be aware of your surroundings. Avoid being isolated with someone you do not know. Get to know the residential assistant (RA) and the people in your dorm and remember to always travel in a group.
- Familiarize yourself with emergency exits. New students should get to know the campus well. Learn where the emergency stations are located and save all emergency contact numbers.
- Be a friend. If a friend is acting out of character, take action. He or she may be overly intoxicated and need assistance. If you suspect someone needs medical attention because of alcohol poisoning or an overdose, call 911 immediately- even before alerting an RA.
- Be careful what you share online. Constantly posting to social media your location, where your apartment is, even your class schedule is very dangerous. Be mindful when “checking-in” on Facebook and Instagram. Remember this: If you would not share this information with a stranger, do not share it online.
- Have a spare key made. Immediately report lost and stolen keys to your landlord or RA.
- Be careful sharing your class schedule. Only provide this to family and close friends, in case of emergency.
- Party smart. When attending a party on or off campus, guard your drink and never isolate yourself with someone you do not know. Track your alcohol consumption so you can always stay in control. If you happen to walk away from your drink, get a new one.
- Always trust your instinct. If you feel uneasy about something, it probably is not a good situation. If someone is pressuring you, it’s better to lie or make an excuse to get out the situation quickly.
Moving to College Safety Tips:
- If you are hiring a moving company to move your belongings, research the company online to ensure they are reputable.
- Have an emergency kit handy during your move and keep one at your new residence.
- When moving you will have to make multiple trips to and from your car or moving van. Always remember to lock all vehicles that are left unattended and keep all valuables out of site.
- Inspect your new home for carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms. Be sure to test these to ensure they are working properly.
- Learn the emergency evacuation plan and routes for your new home.
- Contact the post office before you move to have them change your address.
Be Sure To Talk To Your College Student About Campus Safety
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