The Commonwealth has an abundance of colleges and universities within the greater Boston area and beyond. The following section is designed to highlight safety alerts and/or relevant news provided by participating colleges and universities.
What Can Students Do To Promote Safety?
- Whether in person or on the Internet, know who you are befriending. Do not disclose personal information or place yourself in a vulnerable situation until you know people and know them well!
- Exercise caution when disseminating photos and personal information in campus publications. Students have been "targeted" through the use of this information.
- Survey/learn the campus and adjacent areas. Determine and use the safest routes between you residence, work, classes and activity locations. Knowing the following information will be helpful to you in case of an emergency: Are emergency telephones available? Are walkways frequently traveled or somewhat isolated? Are parking lots well lit and patrolled frequently? If you need to seek help quickly, are there places nearby where people tend to congregate?
- Create a "buddy" system by sharing your schedule with parents, roommate and close friends. Advise your roommate or leave a timed and dated note if you intend to change your normal schedule, particularly if you will not be returning in the evening. Give a network list of telephone numbers to your parents, academic advisor and friends.
- Whenever possible, travel in groups or use a shuttle service after daylight hours. Avoid short-cuts and walking alone at night.
- Do not loan your dormitory key or access card to anyone. Promptly have locks changed or reprogrammed if your keys or access card is lost or stolen. Always keep doors and windows locked.
- Never leave your valuable possessions (e.g., identification, wallets, checks, jewelry, credit cards) in open view.
- If your telephone has a speed dialer, program it with emergency numbers that include family and close friends.
- Learn basic escape techniques and occasionally practice them to maintain proficiency.
- Promptly report suspicious activities or unlawful conduct. Doing so can make a difference!
- If you intend to live off-campus, carefully evaluate facilities and ensure that they meet your minimum safety standards. Do you feel comfortable in the building, with the neighbors and in the neighborhood? Is the building well maintained? Is the building owner or manager responsive to questions and needs?