A resident assistant in Kuhlman Hall peeks inside the open dorm room to see if anyone is there before leaving behind a paper door hanger that reads, “You could have been ripped off.” A vigilante she’s not. In fact, the notice she leaves serves as a teaser for an upcoming series of safety and crime prevention events. To coincide with National Crime Prevention Month in October, the office of residence life and campus police sponsored programs to increase awareness—especially among freshmen—about safety issues on campus. This is the first time the University cohesively marketed individual programs with a safety/crime prevention focus.
“Our department believes that through education we can reduce the number of victims of crime on and around campus,” says Ken Grossman, Xavier’s crime prevention specialist.
In addition to conducting women’s self-defense classes, Grossman engraved students’ personal belongings for easy identification and administered an alcohol awareness program.
“We hope the programs impact the campus community by encouraging students to always think about how their actions can affect themselves and others in their community as well as by encouraging students to be as safe as possible,” says Lorri Howell, hall director for Buenger Hall.