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Campus Safety Checklist for Parents

By Abigail Wyatt on July 07, 2017 in

Campus Resources, Parents

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If you’re a parent or guardian of a college student it’s is natural to worry about their safety when they are on campus. It is a good idea to talk to your student about campus safety.

Rest assured that Southern Utah University makes student safety a top priority. The campus police department work closely with the city police department — security officers are available 24 hours a day to respond to student concerns. The entrances to residence halls can only be opened by the students who live there, using their ID cards as a key. Pathways and public spaces are well lit.

Here is a quick checklist of 12 things you can encourage your student to do to make sure their personal safety and belongings are protected:

  1. Register laptops and bikes with the campus police department.

  2. Don’t leave valuables in plain sight or your book bag unattended.

  3. Get your name or student ID engraved on valuable items in the SUU Police office.

  4. If driving to campus, never leave valuables in the car and lock it at all times; in general, leave expensive items at home.

  5. Lock dorm room at all times - when you’re at home or away.

  6. Stay out of isolated places and park in well-lit areas; especially at night.

  7. Sign up to receive emergency “campus alert” text messages from the college in case
    of a weather or other emergency.

  8. Attend campus trainings on sexual assault prevention and bystander intervention.

  9. Use the buddy system when going out at night and keep track of friends at parties.

  10. Take a self-defense class and consider buying a keychain alarm or pepper spray.

  11. Use campus police department late-night escorts and safe-ride programs.

  12. Ask your student to share their roommate’s contact information so you have it in case there is ever an emergency.

If you know of any suspicious activity report it to the SUU Police. Reach them at 435-586-1911 or text “PD” + message to “32483”. For a full list of safety resources, services, victim resources, emergency response information and more visit https://www.suu.edu/police/.

SUU also has a Health & Wellness center. This program strives to promote the physical and emotional well-being of students through comprehensive programming, campus wide events, peer education, the sharing of up-to-date accurate health information and resources, and providing information and support regarding their own or someone else’s health and well-being. Contact Nikki Gwin, Wellness Coordinator, at 435-865-8435 for more information.


Puede leer este artículo en Español aquí: Lista de Verificación de Seguridad en el Plantel para los Padres.