Understanding what to look out for and how to prevent issues before they happen is extremely important to your success as a college student. Social and academic pressures will always exist and often lead to wrong decisions. Use this guide to help you make the right decisions.
Many alcohol related problems are due to binge drinking. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men in a two-hour period.
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Drug and alcohol use can lead to academic issues and potentially dangerous situations. Students need to know how to keep themselves safe while socializing as misfortunes often occur while under the influence.
Drinking and Academics
- 25% of college students admit that drinking has negatively impacted their academic progress.
- 159,000 college freshman will drop out of school due to alcohol or drug use.
- Students who choose not to drink typically do so because their parents discussed alcohol abuse and the dangers associated with alcohol with them.
- In 2015, 1 in 20 (4.7%) reported being raped within the first year of school. 72% of those happened while the victims were intoxicated.
- Over 97,000 students are victims of alcohol related sexual assault or Date Rape
- Always have a phone: Fully charged & good reception
- Always use the buddy system: Always be with a friend. Never walk home alone especially at night.
- 599,000 students receive unintentional injuries while under the influence
- 1,825 students die each year from alcohol related unintentional injuries
- Transportation: Arrange for transportation or dedicated driver.
- Designated Driver: Never get in the car with someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Freshman are extremely susceptible to drinking and alcohol related issues during the first six weeks of school because of new social and academic pressures. This can be especially true for students in sports programs or strong Greek systems.
- Slow or Irregular Breathing
- Abnormally Pale or Blueish Skin Pigmentation
- Unconsciousness or Inability to Wake
- Never leave a man or women behind. If your friend is dangerously intoxicated or show signs of alcohol poising, call for help.
Residence Vacation Safety
15,500 burglaries constituting 56% of all criminal incidents are reported each year from colleges and university residents. The average loss per burglary is over $1,700. Burglaries typically spike 10% in July & Aug because of summer break and vacations.
Tips to Prevent Burglary
- Don’t Post on Social Media
- Stop your mail or Have Neighbor Get It
- Trust a Trustful Neighbor
- Tell your neighbor you’re going on vacation and report anything suspicious to you or police
Colleges and universities are huge targets for hackers looking for personal data and research information. There is an excess of cyber-risks that you face anytime you go online and many of them can be costly if you don’t know what to look out for.
- Universities are huge targets for hackers because the vast stores of personal data and expensive research.
- In 2014 10% of reported security breaches involved the education sector. That trails only health care at 37% and retail at 11%
- Choose strong unique passwords. Always stay current with patches and operating system
- Avoid suspicious emails and offers. Do not click on spam links. 3% of people accidently disclose financial information.
Always review your college or universities emergency procedure guidelines for emergency procedures with protocols.
Behavioral disturbances include riots, demonstrations, threatening individuals, or assemblies that have become significantly disruptive.
- Call Safety and Security
- Avoid provoking or obstructing demonstrators
- Secure your area (lock doors, safes, files, vital records, and expensive equipment)
- If you are aware of a bomb threat or have information related to a bomb threat, call Safety & Security immediately
- When directed to evacuate a building, do so immediately.
If a caller phones in a bomb threat, follow these instructions:
- Obtain as much information from the caller as possible.
- Record pertinent information (example: caller’s name, time of the call, type of bomb, location, time to detonate, reason for placing the bomb, etc.).
- Contact Safety & Security immediately
- Know the location of fire extinguishers, fire exits, and alarm systems and learn how to use them.
- If a hazard exists, activate the building alarm and report the fire by phone to Safety & Security
- If a minor fire appears controllable point fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame.
- If larger fires that do not appear controllable, evacuate all rooms, closing all doors to confine the fire and reduce the oxygen it needs to spread. Leave closed doors unlocked.
Note: If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place a bed sheet, towel, or article of clothing outside the window as a marker for the rescue crews. If there is no window, stay near the floor and shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews to your location.
Some colleges and universities can be subjected to severe weather, including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, ice storms, and severe snowstorms.
- Inform others of the warning.
- Take shelter in a basement or in an interior hallway.
- Follow the warning signs to a safe area.
Running On Campus
- Don’t wear headphones.Use your ears to be aware of your surroundings.
- Carry a cell phone or change for a phone call.Know the locations of call boxes and telephones along your regular route.
- Trust your intuition about a person or an area.If something tells you a situation is not “right” get away quickly.
- Run against traffic so you can observe approaching automobiles.
- Wear reflective materials.