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Concord University, the Office of Public Safety and Housing and Residence Life take great measures to build on the safety record of the community of Athens and the State of West Virginia. The University believes that members of the Concord campus community can assist in keeping themselves from harm by utilizing prescribed safety precautions and by educating themselves about the frequency and type of security breaches which occur on University property. Public Safety will record and annually publish statistics on crime. Students are encouraged to exercise common sense regarding personal safety. Each student must take an active part in his or her own personal safety and the safety of other community members. Public Safety Officers work closely with professional and paraprofessional Housing and Residence Life staff personnel. Both the Officers and the Student Life staff members on duty are available to receive emergency telephone calls from anyone on campus or associated with the University. All Public Safety Officers have direct radio contact with local law enforcement agencies. To encourage accurate reporting of crimes and incidents, a formalized Incident Report is completed after each known event.

What YOU can do to enhance YOUR OWN personal safety.

Personal Safety:

  1. avoid walking alone, especially at night
  2. walk in well lighted areas
  3. walk clear of any area with heavy foliage
  4. be alert and aware of your surroundings
  5. refrain from propping open locked residence hall doors
  6. use the viewing porthole provided in each residence hall door
  7. have strangers identify themselves before unlocking any room door

Vehicle Security:

  1. remove property from plain view
  2. roll up vehicle windows
  3. remove keys
  4. lock all doors
  5. park in a well lit area whenever possible

Personal Property Safety:

  1. secure valuables left in your room
  2. print your name on valuables when appropriate
  3. remember to lock the door(s) and window(s) to your personal room each time you leave and when you are sleeping
  4. lock your room door when you are in the bathroom (traditional halls)
  5. pre-plan a course of action in the event of lost or stolen credit cards, checks or money

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips

  1. Students should always carry their room keys with them, be aware of where they are going, and know a quick and safe way home whenever practical. If you are at a bar, make sure you have a way to get home.
  2. Be aware that sexual assaults are not always perpetrated by an unnamed attacker on the street. Usually it's someone you know. About 85 percent of sexual assault victims are familiar with the perpetrator.
  3. Have a friend go with you so that you can watch out for each other.
  4. Take a self-defense class. Most people who take selfdefense courses feel empowered to handle more serious situations.
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Concord University and the Office of Housing and Residence Life encourage students to take all precautions toward their own personal safety and the security of their possessions.

Last updated on Sep 21, 2015. Originally created on Jul 31, 2012. Report incorrect information.