Among its many challenges, college often means new housing, with new people, in a new neighborhood. Happily, most students spend four or more nears living on or near a campus without an incident. However, students soon leaving for college, and students exploring colleges, need to be aware of personal safety issues.
On campus tours, students and their parents ought to take note of security issues. Tour guides will often point out a “Blue Light” system, (example in photo above), or similar means to contact school security.
There is more to security, of course. I personally preach locked doors, never propping a door open for a friend to enter, escorts services at night, and studying in well lit and well populated areas of a library.
Some students tell me that they must go into the furthest corner of a library’s basement because otherwise they will socialize. That can be true, and not true. Many libraries have areas especially designed to eliminate distractions. And do you always have to go to the principal undergraduate library? One of my former students made good use of her university’s law school library.
Most college websites have a few pages describing their campus security administration along with tips for safe campus life. Johns Hopkins, Cornell, andUniversity of Southern California are examples of helpful information.
The U.S. Department of Education every year publishes crime statistics for each college, and you can search these statistics on the Department’s Get One Institution Data webpage.