Chapter 3 covers campus safety. In this chapter, your students learn the facts and statistics related to topics as varied as substance abuse, sexual assault, identity theft. This chapter also includes general tips for being safe, including how to recognize alcohol poisoning and how to protect your privacy online. We also provide important crisis hotline numbers and websites in case a student needs more specific information or assistance.
- Take the time right now to 1) locate your campus security office, 2) program relevant emergency numbers into your phone, 3) research transportation options to and from campus: What are the hours of the service? How safe is each mode of transportation?, and 4) ask around to find out if there are areas of town to avoid at certain times of the day or night.
- Write a list of the upcoming workshops or events focused on safety. Will you attend any of them? Why or why not?
- Assess your social network safety. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is “most personal” and 1 is “least personal,” how do you rate your Facebook or MySpace page? What can you do to better protect yourself online?
- Research social network safety and security. Come up with 5 rules for yourself based on your research. Discuss your findings and rules with your classmates.
- Research identity theft and security. Come up with 5 rules for yourself based on your research. Discuss your findings and rules with your classmates.
Additional Exercises (LDC Website only)
- Go to the College Navigator (http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator), enter in the name of your school, and click on the campus security link. Find the answers to these questions:
- How many on-campus arrests were there in the most recent year?
- What was the primary reason for on-campus arrests?
- What were the most common criminal offenses on campus?
- What has been the trend over the past three years for burglary?
- What has been the trend over the past three years for sexual offenses?
- Which statistics, if any, were particularly surprising to you?
- How much do you know about the effects of alcohol? Take the online quiz at www.pbs.org/newshour/health/drinking_quiz/index.html to assess your knowledge, then check out the Interactive Body section of the College Drinking Prevention website to learn more (www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/).
- What is stalking? How can you protect yourself from stalking? Take the online quiz (stalkingawarenessmonth.org/stalkingquiz) to learn more.
- What do you know about identity theft? Take this online quiz (onguardonline.gov/media/game-0005-id-theft-faceoff) to learn more.