Welcome to a brand new week and month honors students! Now that we have made it to November, there are only two and a half weeks until Thanksgiving break and just seven more weeks until winter closure (not that any of you are counting-wink, wink).
As we approach the holiday season, it’s important to keep in mind that this is the time of year that crime typically increases. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to review personal safety tips and have a plan in place in case of an emergency.
Personal Safety and Security Tips
- Avoid walking alone or appearing distracted by wearing headphones or talking on your cell phone.
- Learn the best routes between your residence hall/apartment/home and your classes and activities. Take the safest route, not the fastest route.
- Share your class schedule with friends and family, effectively creating a buddy system. It is always a good idea to use the buddy system or travel in groups of two or more.
- When you go out, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.
- Do not carry your passport, banking information or family details in your handbag, wallet, vehicle, mobile phone or laptop.
- Avoid displaying large amounts of cash or other tempting targets such as jewelry or expensive clothing.
- Do not leave your belongings unattended, even for a few minutes.
- At night, try to walk or run on well-lit, regularly traveled pathways.
- Wherever you are, stay alert to your surroundings and the actions of people around you.
- Use WMU Safe Ride (269) 387-7433) after dark. WMU Public Safety provides walking escorts from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and driving escorts from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. respectively.
- Drive Safe Kalamazoo is a non-profit organization that provides safe rides to students Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters.
- Report suspicious behavior, vehicles or activities 24 hours per day to WMU Public Safety at (269) 387-5555 (for emergencies, dial 911 or 7-5555 from a university phone) or by using any emergency call box (clearly marked with signage and blue lights) located throughout campus. With the push of a button, these call boxes automatically dial 911, connecting directly to WMU Public Safety.
- Register for WMU Alert – an emergency notification system available to WMU students and employees. Register your phone to receive text and voice mail messages by logging on to GoWMU and clicking on the “Register for WMU alerts” link at the top of the page.
- Never take drinks from other people and don’t leave your drink unattended.
- Take your time in getting to know your companion or “date.” Don’t spend time alone with someone who makes you feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This means following your instincts and removing yourself from situations that cause you concern.
Other Friendly Reminders and Helpful Hints
There are many opportunities and events to get connected, get involved and get focused in this week’s newsletter, so be sure to click through each page to get the information you need.
Students receive credit for attending honors college sponsored events by swiping their Bronco Cards with a member of the honors college staff and remaining for the duration of the program.
All honors college forms related to advising can be found under the Advising tab on the website: wmich.edu/honors/advising/forms.
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