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A Comment on Campus Safety from President Peggy R. Williams | 4 Comments |
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A Comment on Campus Safety from President Peggy R. Williams Comment from bmyers on 02/21/2008

It's a tragedy somewhat close to home to me this time as I lived and worked in the area in the 80s and 90s and knew a number of NIU staff, faculty, students and alumni. It's certainly a tragedy, but one of those circumstances that defies both explanation and any ability for others to forecast and prevent.

Why I'm posting though is about the personal aspect of campus safety: It's everyone's responsibility. I think too many of us may take that responsibility lightly. Every student, staff and faculty member at Ithaca College is as responsible for our campus remaining a safe learning environment as is the institution's response plan. I think we all must do more to:

  • take notice of those around us on campus
  • respect the differences in others
  • embrace our diversity
  • secure our own security by things as simple as:
    1. locking our residential doors
    2. reporting situations to Campus Safety immediately
    3. reporting compromised security equipment to Facilities and ITS promptly

There's an old adage worth considering: "If you don't have your own best interest at heart, who else do you expect will?" I'm not advocating we all become paranoid and retire to our bunkers, but protecting us all is about all of us making the effort.