National Campus Safety Awareness Month
September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM).
NCSAM received the unanimous support of Congress in 2008. Each September, the Clery Center for Security On Campus partners with colleges, universities, and other agencies to offer campus safety programming.
Join us this September as we plan for our biggest NSCAM yet! Safe Campus, Strong Voices is a national initiative organized by the Clery Center and Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE) for National Campus Safety Awareness Month.
What are some campus safety concerns?
Unfortunately, college campuses are not immune to destructive behaviors and violence. Some current issues impacting college campuses are: high risk drinking, illegal drug use, prescription drug abuse, sexual assault, stalking, relationship violence, hazing, hate crimes, and fire safety.
What can I do to increase safety on my campus?
Campus safety must be a community effort – students, faculty, university employees, and parents must all work together to foster an environment where individuals treat each other with respect and intervene when harmful situations occur.
There are many different ways to be a good friend or bystander including:
- making sure a friend that is under the influence of drugs or alcohol gets home safely
- stopping a friend from pushing drinks on an individual who has made the decision not to drink or has had too much to drink
- communicating your boundaries and respecting the boundaries of others
- speaking up if someone makes a comment that is derogatory or abusive
- distracting someone who is harassing a classmate by asking him/her a question or knocking something over
- choosing not to participate in hazing and speaking out against destructive behaviors
Trust your instincts – the goal is to intervene in a way that is safe for you and those around you.