College Campus Safety
Heading back to school can be an exciting time for more than 20 million college students in the U.S. However, new environments and new experiences present additional risks and potentially dangerous situations.
Increased violence on campus is a harsh reality: college-aged students are at the highest risk of being sexually assaulted — often by someone they know. The first steps in staying safe are recognizing the risks and being proactive. Being so close to major college campuses like Bucknell, Susquehanna University, and Bloomsburg University- EWC wants to release helpful safety tips for college students headed back to school.
Trust your gut & be true to yourself. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, trust your instincts and leave. If someone is pressuring you, it’s better to make up an excuse to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared, or worse. Your safety comes before someone else's feelings or what they may think of you.
Be aware & stay alert. Whether you are hanging out at a party or walking across campus, pay attention to what is going on around you- get to know your surroundings. Try to take well-trafficked routes and avoid being isolated with someone that you don’t know or trust. If your campus has a bus or public safety escorts that will walk you home at night, take advantage of them.
Make plans & be prepared. When going out, know ahead of time who is going and plan to stay together as a group- with safe and trusted friends. Construct a backup plan for the day/night so that all of your friends know where to meet up if someone gets separated and/or their phone dies. Be sure to check that you have everything you need before you leave — a fully charged phone, the number for a reliable cab company, enough cash to get you home, etc. Keep your phone on you at all times in case you find yourself if an uncomfortable or dangerous situation.
One last word….to guys. We are counting on you to be men of honor- men who respect the women around them as valuable individuals whose stories matter. We’re counting on you not to speak down, criticize, or abuse women. We are counting on you to help build a community where every life is valued and every woman is safe. Speak up if you see something unsafe happening and be aware that drinking can affect your own judgement: 1 in 3 sexual assaults, the perpetrator was intoxicated. If you go to parties, go with a group of friends who will have your back and help you. If she says “no”…That means NO! Don’t push anything further.
If you need help. If something has happened and you don’t know who to talk to, Expectations Women’s Center is a safe and confidential place that is always ready to listen. We will help you get the help you need. If something has happened on- or off-campus, call the police.
Every person deserves to be treated with respect. Let’s keep our community a safe place!