Safety Message for Students Living Off Campus From the Binghamton University Chief
Throughout the academic year, I send messages to our students about how to be safe
both on and off campus. The safety tips I give throughout the academic year are important
reminders for all students whether you live off campus, visit off campus or spend
time downtown on the weekends.
For example, it is tempting during the summer to leave apartment windows open, especially
if the apartment is not air conditioned. Sometimes in the cooler months windows are
cracked open to let fresh air in, but an unlocked, open window is no different than
an unlocked or open door and can present an easy entry point for an intruder. Unlocked
or open windows on the first floor or near stairways or fire escapes can be a significant
risk to your personal safety. Keep these windows closed and locked if you are not
in your apartment or when you are asleep. By securing your apartment doors and windows,
you make it much harder for someone to get in. Delaying entry to intruders by just
a few minutes increases the chances they will be detected or that that they will give
up and find an easier target. If you see anyone around your apartment who does not
belong there, call the police immediately.
Other safety reminders when living or visiting off campus include strategies such
• not walking alone at night • having a plan before you go out and staying in pairs or groups • letting your friends know where you are and when you are returning • using the OCCT and BCT bus systems if you don't have a car • keeping a cell phone on you with emergency numbers programmed in • reporting all suspicious activity and persons to police • calling 911 from your cell phone if you feel threatened or spot suspicious persons
or activity • helping your friends make good decisions and remembering that alcohol impairs judgment
and your ability to recognize dangerous situations
Personal safety is a shared responsibility and I encourage you to take care of each
other by following the safety tips in this message.
I hope you have the opportunity to safely take advantage of all that the Binghamton
area has to offer.