What really goes on at school

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Discus: Parents Forum: 2004 Archive - Part 2: What really goes on at school
By Smhop (Smhop) on Sunday, July 18, 2004 - 12:11 am: Edit


Just a heads up to those parents and kids who are concerned about what college life is like. That is the campus police dispatch report for Brown U for the last month (keep in mind this is summer-time so not too much.) Anway, I thought it was valuable insight to have.

Nothing too scary though

By Rhonda63 (Rhonda63) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 10:38 am: Edit

My daughter will be a soph at Brown this fall. I have been concerned about physical safety. Early last fall, there were a series of physical assaults right near campus, some at hours you would expect to be able to walk around alone safely (like 7 pm). They caught a suspect after about six weeks or so of this, and the assaults stopped, so hopefully they had the right guy. But it was scary stuff, not just people's bags being grabbed, but victims being punched, etc. Needless to say, I was extremely worried since my D was a new freshman, and I'm sure other parents were, too.

My own view is that the worst situations are when you are walking around in an area devoid of other people. So in that way, I also would be concerned about isolated schools (like some LACs). I think the students really need to understand, wherever they are, the things they need to do to minimize the chances of being victims of violent crimes (especially) and also theft.

I do appreciate it when colleges are up front about crime on/near campus. I remember going to college at a time when you would hear rumours about crimes on campus, but the schools did not want anything made public.

By Alongfortheride (Alongfortheride) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 11:40 am: Edit

Smhop and Rhonda63, I do agree that students need to be careful - no matter their college settings. And yes, some schools do a better job of reporting than others. I do not believe that there is such a thing as a completely safe college campus, since none are in a bubble. Every campus has a concentration of young, often naive students with lots of things other people want. And even worse, there can be a misconception amoung the non-college crowd that all college kids are rich and carry lots of money and credit cards. I often wonder if students in bucolic small town settings are at risk simply because they let their guard down. Add alchohol into this mix, and students often let their guard down completely and take risks they wouldn't otherwise take.

My son's college works safety issues into the orientation process. I hope he pays attention.

By Rhonda63 (Rhonda63) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 12:15 pm: Edit

Along -- I think they all work safety issues into orientation these days. I have to say, I remember JHU handing out rape whistles when I was a new freshman twenty-odd years ago. I think that was the extent of our safety orientation!

By Smhop (Smhop) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 12:23 pm: Edit

True, my husband was actually mugged by a group of guys weilding knives one night when he was out walking on campus after drinking (Athens, Ga).. Kids may lower thier guard thinking things are safe and comfy... they really should know that campuses are good places for certain types of criminals to prey.

I am pleased that Brown puts out this bulletin. Do other schools do this as well, I wonder?

By Justplayin104 (Justplayin104) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 01:32 pm: Edit

I was just wondering how legal (or illegal) it is to carry a form of protection with you, such as a knife in the dorm, car, or actually on you while walking down the street??

I think UW-Madison really strives to protect the students by offering free walks home or cab rides home (or to any place other than a bar), through a campus organization. Even with one of the largest student populations in the nation, they really work to keep things safe. Perhaps other colleges have this? Maybe they should?

By Rhonda63 (Rhonda63) on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 - 01:36 pm: Edit

Most colleges have shuttles and escorts you can call if you need a ride back to your dorm or a person to walk back with you. I remember even back in my day, we had a shuttle that you could call and would pick you up and drop you off free anywhere within a one-mile radius of campus. Since many undergrads at the school I attended lived in apts near campus, this was a great thing to have if you were leaving a party late at night.

By Sdk7x7 (Sdk7x7) on Monday, August 02, 2004 - 02:15 pm: Edit

Colleges are required by law to provide statistics regarding crime and public safety. Every accredited school has it.

As for carrying forms of protection, you'd have to look @ state and local laws. I know that at Penn you can't keep a firearm in the dorm. www.KravMaga.com may be the way to go.

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