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Staying safe while staying educated

By Millineum White

 

   Students at Waynesboro High School, can  learn about the dangers of being on a college campus from news media. The media, from Facebook to CNN, have covered the situation. Stories like the Rolling Stone article with Jackie, who accused a group of frat brothers of raping her, help students see the need to be informed on how to stay safe.

   There are many ways to stay safe on campus, including “Code Blue”, the Patronus app, and campus security. Students should familiarize themselves with the school’s campus safety office. Every school has a campus safety or security office, and part of college tuition funds it. Students should make the most of this resource by utilizing its services. Your college’s website likely provides information like office hours and phone number, but you can also visit in person when you arrive on campus.

   One of your options is to educate yourself by calling or visiting the campus safety office and requesting information about their programs. Find out if your campus has the following services and how you can take advantage of them: blue light emergency phone stations or ”Code Blue”, campus escort services, safety maps with suggested secure routes or support for a safety app like Patronus.

   On average, sexual assaults and other crimes are more likely to occur at night. In about 80 percent of campus crime, students are the perpetrators, according to the nonprofit Clery Center for Security on Campus. But tensions make students wary.  While you shouldn’t scare yourself into assuming danger is around every corner, you also shouldn’t take unnecessary risks, such as walking alone at night. Instead, use the buddy system or call campus security for a ride.

  “Longwood also has a service called Night Walkers, which is where students can call and get an escort from another Longwood student from our Criminology majors from point A to point B,“ said Jillian Dudley, a former Waynesboro High School student.

   Most college campuses across the United States employ the blue light emergency phone system as a preeminent security feature, and students become familiar with the system during campus tours and freshman orientation.When someone feels unsafe on a college campus, he or she can push the ‘call’ button on the blue phone, and campus police respond through a speaker and arrive at the location.

   “Longwood’s campus does have the blue safety poles around our campus. Standing anywhere on our campus you should be able to see at least 3-4 blue lights,” said Dudley

If your phone gets stolen or the battery is dead, the original Blue Light phone system isn’t going anywhere. The phone system will still work and connect you directly to public safety. According to the company website, for over 25 years the blue light emergency phone has been a pioneer in developing and producing durable emergency communications solutions. Using the blue light phone system is not required. If you feel threatened or unsafe, there are other things that you can do to feel secure.

   “I personally have not ever used the blue light located on campus because Longwood does an amazing job of making me always feel safe, so I don’t have to use them. I also do not know of any of my friends who has had to use the either, but it’s great to know that we have them there just in case they were needed,” said Dudley.

   College campuses are full of safety options, so students need to be aware of all the safety features. “I will always be aware of my surroundings,” said Trinity Conway, a Waynesboro High School senior.

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Photo by “Student Safety Services.” Intensive English. 24 June 2014. Web. 15 Dec. 2016.

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