Campus safety responsibility of all
September is recognized as the National Campus Safety Awareness Month by colleges and universities across the nation. At UALR, events devoted to safety on campus started on Aug. 27.
Logan C. Hampton, the associate vice chancellor for student development and dean of students, said UALR decided to have campus safety events during the last week of August because classes began earlier than most campuses across the nation.
He said UALR wanted to give information to new students and remind returning students about safety issues.
“Last year was our first year doing [the] concept See Something, Say Something,” Hampton said. “We want to invite students to assist us in keeping a campus safe, because to some extent it is all of us taking responsibility of all of us.”
The Office of the Dean of Students held two presentations: “Shots Fired: On Campus” and “Flash-Point: Student Edition.”
The presentations communicated strategies for students to use in the event an active shooter or hostile situation occurs. Students were also distributed safety materials.
Sophomore nursing major Kristin Nelson said though she feels safe on campus her greatest concerns about safety are parking lots, because there are not enough spaces and students have to park far away and then walk.
Tyler Moses, sophomore biology major, said he was a victim of a crime last year when a group of people stole his cell phone in a university parking lot.
Still, he said he feels protected on campus and believes the university has enough resources to keep students safe.
“Most important for students is to be aware of is their surroundings; to be aware of the campus,” Hampton said. “If they see things that are of concern, if they see things that are troubling or out of ordinary, they should take it upon themselves to immediately contact the Department of Public Safety, to call the Dean of Students Office or to inform any official of the institution.”
According to the U.S. Department of Education, 1223 criminal offenses took place on Arkansas college campuses between 2008 and 2010.
The majority were burglary (922), motor vehicle theft (137), aggravated assault (65) and sex offenses (57).
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires all U.S. colleges and universities to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their campuses.
For safety information, as well as a crime log, visit ualr.edu/safety.