As fall sets in, it is important that students are aware of the various services that Campus Safety offers for their protection. These services stretch across multiple offices and deal with different aspects of safety.
One office that works with Campus Safety is Accessibility Services, which offers escorts from one part of campus to another. This policy varies based on time of day and the condition of the student.
According to Assistant Vice President of Public Safety Ken Miller, “From dusk until dawn, any member of the campus community can call for an escort between two points on campus, including the Truist parking garage–no questions asked. The escort may be provided on one of our low-speed vehicles or walking.”
During the day, students can request to be placed on an escort list by filling out an accommodation request. According to Director of Accessibility Services Bethann Durlin, this can be done through the AIM platform on Rollins Okta, or students can email accessibility services directly.
“They put in a request, we meet with them, and we gather documentation, if necessary,” said Durlin. “[This process is] not always necessary if it’s something that we can see, like if somebody is walking with crutches or somebody is a wheelchair user, or something of that nature.”
Durlin said that for temporary conditions, documentation may be required to determine how long a student will need to be on the escort list. Upon adding a student to the list, Accessibility Services will notify Campus Safety.
Accessibility Services is not the only department that plays a role in campus safety. The Title IX and Violence Prevention Team work to reduce the risk of incidents regarding sexual misconduct.
Prevention Coordinator Heather Surrency provided a list of risk-reduction behaviors that students can practice, including “walking in groups, not walking alone at night, covering your drink at parties, carrying pepper spray, and not allowing tailgating.”
Surrency added, “Additionally, it is important to recognize that more than 85% of sexual violence cases involve people who know each other. This is true of incidents in a college community as well as cities at large.”
The Title IX and Violence Prevention Page provides an overview of the actions a student can take if they experience sexual misconduct.
Students who would like to contact any of these offices directly can reach out to Campus Safety at email@example.com, Accessibility Services at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Title IX and Violence Prevention at email@example.com.