Campus safety has always been a high priority for students, parents, educators and faculty. To help address this important issue, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Safety Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires educational institutions to compile statistics for incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking and report them by October 1 each year to the federal government.
Under the Clery Act, colleges and universities that receive Title IV federal funding must produce an annual, publicly available security report that covers crime statistics from the prior three years. They must also maintain a crime log that contains all reported crimes from the past seven years, provide timely warning of threats covered under the Clery Act, and provide support services — including safe transportation, safe living and working conditions, and disciplinary procedures — to students.
CQLC Vice President of Compliance Kate Cole recently reported that none of the CQLC campus locations have had any reportable offenses filed with the local law enforcement agencies to date. A complete three-year report is available on the CQLC website. “We take the safety of our campuses very seriously,” said Cole. “We’re thrilled to be able to provide a consistently safe space for our staff to work and for our students to learn.”
“We’re very proud of how well these statistics reflect our commitment to the safety of all of our students and staff members,” said Career Quest CEO Jim Hutton. “A safe learning environment is one of our primary goals, along with a quality education in our students’ chosen careers. We’re proud of the statistics that reflect that CQLC campuses are among the safest in the country.”
The U.S. Department of Education makes it easy to get safety data, look at trends and even create multiple reports. For more information, visit: https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/#/.
OnlineColleges.net shares these tips for students and faculty to protect themselves on campus and in other areas of life.
- Be Aware of Your Acquaintances: Perhaps counter-intuitively, most victims of crime and violence on college campuses are attributed to people they already know. Vigilantly vet your friends and acquaintances, and do not put yourself in a position where you are alone with someone whom you do not explicitly trust.
- Be Aware of Your Surroundings: No matter where you are, it is important to keep an eye out for dangerous situations, and to be generally aware of your surroundings. Using electronic devices while walking down the street, riding the bus, or even sitting quietly can distract you from potential danger.
- Do Not Hesitate to Contact Authorities: If you see something, say something. This catchphrase applies to any dangerous situation. Do not wait to call for help. Even if it’s a false alarm, it is better to call for help right away and be wrong than to wait and be right.
- Lock Your Doors: Theft and burglary are common campus crimes. They are often preventable with the minimal effort of locking doors and protecting belongings.
- Plan Ahead: Familiarize yourself with your campus’ layout. Learn all safe locations, including well-lit areas and walkways, security centers, campus offices, and emergency call stations. If you are walking through an unfamiliar area, stay alert: turn your music volume down so that you can hear what’s going on in your surroundings, and scan for potential danger.
- Identify Dangerous Situations: Given that sexual assault is often committed by an acquaintance, students should carefully evaluate social situations. The RAINN network offers several tips for reducing the risk of sexual assault, including information on responding to pressure, alcohol safety, and social media safety.
- Ride and Walk with Friends: To stay safe, you should travel with friends whenever possible. Individuals are easier targets than people in groups and traveling with friends increases everyone’s safety.
- Keep Friends and Family Informed of Your Whereabouts: Share your travel plans with trusted friends or family members ahead of time and maintain contact if your plans change. Keep a log of addresses and important contact information on your phone and in your wallet or planner in case your battery dies.
“Safety is a huge priority for us and we’re constantly analyzing our campuses and policies to ensure we’re doing everything possible to protect the people on them,” Hutton said. “Students and staff members who have ideas on what else we can be doing are welcome to share them with campus president.”