It’s a time when you’re allowed to stretch your adult wings and become more independent. Your parents no longer call the shots. You’re the one who gets to choose the time of your classes where you want to live, and ultimately your future path. It’s a safe place to practice becoming an adult, but it’s not always a place that’s safe from the bad intentions of other people.
It’s important to balance your newfound independence by keeping yourself safe. Whether you’re a college freshman or a seasoned vet, there are ways to keep yourself healthy and safe on campus. We have a few tips to do just that.
Learn About Your Campus Safety
Porterville College utilizes multiple safe guards in keeping our campus community safe. PC Office of Public Safety consists of a Safety and Security Manager and a Public Safety Officer II. The department hires officers with prior law enforcement and security backgrounds. Additionally, they receive specialized training in campus police and safety operations.
The campus uses cadet student interns enrolled in criminology classes to aid in parking enforcement and security. As an additional layer of security, PC has strategically placed HD cameras around the campus to assist with security needs.
Porterville College has partnered with the Porterville Police Department to have a School Resource Officer assigned to the campus to increase security and safety on campus. PC is always looking for ways to improve the safety and security of students, staff, and community members.
- Safety and Security Training Campaigns
- Provideing Safety Escorts (cars, buildings, class)
- PC Alert Emergency Communication
- Responding to emergencies and non-life threatening situations
- Parking lot safety & enforcement
- Providing public assistance
- Locking and unlocking facilities
- Updating incident reports
- Recovering lost and found property
- Developing and implementing emergency evacuations and procedures
- Ensuring compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.
Trust Your Gut
If something doesn’t feel right to you, follow your instinct. “Trust your gut” is a saying for a reason, and that innate sense is there to keep you safe. It doesn’t matter if the feeling stems from peer pressure to do something you don’t feel comfortable with or you’re just a strange feeling about a situation — whatever the circumstances, you should trust that feeling and leave. Don’t worry about other people’s feelings. Keep yourself safe instead.
Communicate Your Plans
If you’re going out, make sure someone else knows where you’re going and who you’re going with. It might be worth telling your roommate where you’re going, even if it’s just to your mid-morning class. If someone knows where you are, there will be a place to start looking in case you go missing.
Stretch the Truth if You Need To
Does the person you’re on a date with creep you out? Do you feel unsafe at the bar with your friends? It’s OK to lie to get yourself out of situations that make you uncomfortable for any reason at all. Don’t worry about getting caught in a lie; worry about getting out of there.
Who cares if your little white lie comes to light afterward? At least you’re safe and out of a situation that could have turned dangerous. If you need to, you can lie to get your friends out of a sticky situation, too. They’ll thank you for it.
Keep Your Phone Charged and With You
You never know when you might need to make an emergency call, either for you or a friend. The easiest way to do that is to make sure your phone is charged and easily accessible before you leave your dorm or apartment.
If your phone isn’t charged, stay home until it is. Better late than sorry. While you’re at it, make sure you load emergency numbers and emergency contacts, like your parents or guardians, into your phone.
Adding the campus security line is a good idea, too. You may not have time to search for it in an emergency, so make it as easy to access as possible.
PC Safety & Security phone line (559) 791-2440
Note: All charged wireless phones, even those that are not subscribed to or supported by a specific carrier can call 911 (911.gov).
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