Encourage your student to be proactive about protecting personal safety, their belongings and their identity by sharing this checklist.
- Lock residence hall room at all times.
- Take valuable items home over breaks.
- Register laptops and bikes with the campus police department, and always lock bikes — preferably with a high-quality u-lock.
- Sign up for emergency “campus alerts” (this may be an option for parents, too).
- Trade family phone numbers/emails with roommate(s).
- Attend campus trainings on sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention.
- Party safely and use the buddy system.
- Consider personal safety keychain alarms or pepper spray.
- Utilize campus police late-night escorts and safe-ride programs.
- Keep digital devices password-protected and don’t share passwords.
- Be cautious on public Wi-Fi (don’t log into your bank account or buy something with a credit card).
In case of a campus emergency:
Colleges and universities devise emergency plans and rehearse responses with the campus community through regular drills. If there is a drill, ask your student what they learned — going over with you what they should do in different situations (a weather emergency, fire, etc.) may fix it more firmly in their mind. Keeping a stash of emergency supplies in their room and/or car is a good idea, too.
Follow your student’s school on social media (Facebook and Twitter). The Emergency Management department may have its own Twitter feed.
Breaking news should be posted on the school website home page and you can call the main campus information line for recorded updates.