Safety on Campus

As a place of learning, the UIS prioritizes the safety of their students, staff, and faculty. While our campus is generally considered to be safe, there are still risks that everyone should be aware of. In this article, we will discuss some safety tips that can help keep students, staff, and faculty safe while on campus.

  1. Always be aware of your surroundings - One of the most important things that anyone can do to stay safe on campus is to always be aware of their surroundings. This means paying attention to who is around you, what is going on around you, and what potential risks exist. If you notice anything that seems out of the ordinary or makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s important to take action and alert campus police.
  2. Use well-lit paths and avoid isolated areas - When walking on campus, it’s important to use well-lit paths and avoid isolated areas, especially at night. If possible, it’s best to walk with a group of people, as there is safety in numbers. If you have to walk alone, make sure to let someone know where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
  3. Keep your personal belongings close - Another important safety tip is to keep your personal belongings close. This means not leaving your bags, laptops, or other valuables unattended in public areas. It’s also a good idea to avoid using your phone or other electronics while walking, as this can make you a target for theft.
  4. Follow campus security protocols - Every university has its own security protocols, and it’s important to follow these protocols to ensure everyone’s safety. This may include using key cards to access certain areas, and reporting any suspicious activity to campus police.
  5. Stay informed about emergency procedures - In the event of an emergency, it’s important to know what to do. Make sure you are familiar with the university’s emergency procedures, such as where to go in the event of a fire or how to respond to an active shooter situation. You can also sign up for emergency alerts, so you can stay informed of any potential risks or threats.
  6. Take care of your mental health - Stress and anxiety can also impact your safety. Take care of your mental health by getting enough sleep, eating well, and seeking help if you need it.

In conclusion, safety on campus is everyone’s responsibility. By following these tips, students, staff, and faculty can help create a safer environment for everyone. Remember to always be aware of your surroundings, avoid isolated areas, keep your personal belongings close, follow campus security protocols, stay informed about emergency procedures, and take care of your mental health.