For recent high school graduates, summertime combines vacation fun with the anticipation of preparing for the first semester at college. As eager students work through lists for everything from dorm essentials to textbooks, there is one important topic that should be added: “How will I feel safe?”
Post University Director of Campus Safety, Robert Maxwell says he understands the concerns. “We live in a hyper aware time when safety is a top priority,” said Maxwell. “Knowing what to look for and how to protect yourself in a multitude of situations is key to feeling safe anywhere.”
Maxwell says there are four ways to assess the safety of a college or university:
- Request Clery Reports
By federal law, colleges and universities that receive federal funding must disseminate a public annual security report (ASR) to employees and students. Along with statistics of campus crime for the preceding three calendar years, the report includes efforts taken to improve campus safety, and much more.
The Office of Campus Safety and Emergency Management works closely with all campus departments and various student groups to ensure everyone feels safe and secure, on and off campus. You can view Post University’s Clery Report here.
- Assess the campus
Pictures and virtual tours are helpful but visiting the campus can offer a first-hand feel for its safety. Post implements a host of safety measures, including blue light phones, campus emergency alert systems, online early detection platforms to intervene on potential threats, and 24/7 on-campus Safety Officers. Use your time when moving into your dorm to ask questions about safety protocols, campus security patrols, and the relationship between the university and the local police department.
- Explore the Neighboring Community
While you’ll spend the majority of your time on campus, you will spend time off-campus either for work or for weekend fun. The surrounding City of Waterbury has a great hometown vibe and a rich history.
When you arrive to Post, make sure to drive around the local area to familiarize yourself with your new community. Learn more about the city’s Public Safety initiatives.
- Ask About Student Data
Along with maintaining your physical safety, schools also have a responsibility to keep your identity safe.
Post University was one of the first institutions to launch an online campus and continues to be at the forefront of digital safety measures for our on-campus and online student community. Call our IT department with any questions about our cyber safety measures (888) 458-POST (7678).
Ultimately, safety and security mindfulness begins with you. We urge you to take an active role in ensuring you’re empowered to keep yourself and others safe.
Post University Campus Safety Officers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and work to keep every student focused on what matters most: succeeding in school. For more information, please call (203) 596-4502 or visit https://post.edu/student-services/campus-safety/.