Promoting campus safety at colleges and universities is important all year long. But as educational institutions get ready to welcome back students, September is the perfect time for National Campus Safety Month.
The U.S. Office for Victims of Crimes reports that “Every year college students throughout the country become victims of stalking, sexual assault, robbery, homicide, and other crimes.” Keeping campuses safe requires collaboration between staff, students, administration, parents and community organizations.
But getting all of these people to work together for a common cause is no easy task. That’s why September is recognized each year as National Campus Safety Awareness Month. It’s a great time for various campus groups to raise awareness about how to stay secure on- and off-campus.
Here are some great college safety tips from TV’s Dr. Phil:
- The Buddy System. Always walk with a friend (or more) when you’re heading to or from an event.
- Drink Responsibly.If you are going to consume alcohol, please drink in moderation.
- Share Your Schedule. Your roommate(s) should have a general idea of your class schedule throughout the day.
How will you get involved in this important awareness initiative? You can invite local authorities in to share tips and advice, organize a campus-wide walk or fundraiser, or simply hand out promo national campus safety items at the dining hall or in the dorms.
Remember, September is the ideal time to promote this awareness initiative. Incoming freshman and returning students will all benefit from your educational message. Let’s work together and keep colleges safe!