Campus Safety: Be Alert, Be Aware

Published Monday, June 2, 2014 by Richard Hong


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Today will touch on a rather grim topic: The UCSB shooting incident and the consequent advice on Campus Safety. On May 23rd, there was a shooting incident near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara. The shooting seems to be premeditated in advance, with the shooter listing his grievances in advance about his frustrations of “loneliness, rejection and unfulfilled desires”. At least six were killed and one underwent surgery for life-threatening condition. The university has issued out emergency housing for those displaced by the incident.

While the incident itself may seem remote to you, I’d like to remind you that the world is very erratic and chaotic. As such, you need to be ready for a similar scenario. I myself experienced the unfortunate scenario of being on campus during a shooting incident during my undergraduate years.

With regards to the shooting incident last week at UCSB, I’d advise on some general awareness tips for Campus Safety.

  • To begin, read about the general safety rules as applied by your University. You should learn about the basics at orientation but if you need a refreshing, visit the website or just ask your resident advisor.
  • Subscribe to your University’s text-message or email based alert system. Not only will it keep you aware of any danger on campus but also you’ll know whether classes are canceled due to inclement weather and other useful information.
  • Be aware of your surrounding area at late night. In particular, try to stay in well-lit areas as adequate lighting can show you facial features of someone standing 10 feet away.
  • Know your University’s Police Department’s number so that you can report any suspicious activities.

For those living off campus, I’ve included links on what to know. Keep safe; keep alert.

UC Davis Safety FAQ’s

UC Berkeley Campus Safety

UC Santa Barbara Campus Safety




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