Student Responsibility & Safety Tips Student Responsibility & Safety Tips


Student Responsibility and Safety Tips


We want you to enjoy your college experience, so please be careful! Use common sense. You may encounter situations that are unfamiliar to you; remember to take sensible precautions. It is your responsibility to take charge of your personal safety.


Alcohol and the Law | Campus Driving Safety Tips | Personal Safety Tips


Alcohol and the Law

People "under the influence" of alcohol or other drugs are dangerous - to themselves and to others.

Each year, college students spend $5.5 billion on alcohol - three times the amount spent on books. Students under the age of 21 violate the law when they drink. Besides breaking the law, many abuse alcohol, endangering their health and safety. Excessive drinking is hazardous to nondrinkers too - they suffer from vandalism, physical assault, unwanted sexual advances and rape. Studies show that alcohol is involved in:

  • 95% of all campus violent crime
  • 90% of rapes, where alcohol was used by the assailant, victim or both.

The immediate effects of alcohol depend on how much and how fast you drink. Effects may include:

  • loss of muscle control
  • poor coordination
  • impaired judgment and reasoning
  • loss of inhibitions

Drinking and driving is a major cause of deaths and injuries among young people. Half of all fatal crashes involve a driver who's been drinking. Other problems associated with alcohol include:

  • loss of driver's license
  • vandalism, violence, and legal problems
  • expulsion from school
  • poor grades
  • poor health
  • accidents and injuries

Mixing alcohol and other drugs can have unpredictable and dangerous results. Remember drinking is illegal for people under the age of 21. Obey state, local and campus rules about alcohol use. A violation of the law is a violation of College policy.


Campus Driving Safety Tips

All students

  • Obey all traffic laws, signs, parking signs and road markings.
  • Yield to all pedestrians at crosswalks and come to a complete stop at all stop signs.
  • Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
  • Be aware of pedestrians and vehicles when backing up.
  • Use extra caution when driving at night.
  • During inclement weather, remember that your stopping distance is increased.
  • Always be alert and drive safely.


Personal Safety Tips

  • Call for a Public Safety for Security Escort at 845-574-4211.
  • Use well-lit and busy sidewalks.
  • Avoid walking alone at night.
  • Park you car in designated areas.
  • Lock the doors and keep valuables out of sight or stored in the trunk.
  • Walk with confidence and alertness. Assailants are less likely to target a person who appears assertive and difficult to intimidate.
  • Report any suspicious individuals to campus Public Safety immediately at 845-574-4217 or 4238.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Develop a plan of action.
  • If you are ever the victim of a crime, get a description of the perpetrator and contact Public Safety immediately.
  • Walk or run with a friend. Be alert to your surroundings and the people near you.
  • At night, walk close to the curb. Avoid bushes and doorways where an attacker can hide. Travel on well-lit streets.
  • Do not use earphones while walking, driving, or bicycling. If followed, walk quickly to well-lit, populated areas.
  • If followed by a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.
  • Personal alarms may help deter an attempted assault.
  • Students must actively accept responsibility of doing their part to maintain a safe campus.
  • For all emergencies on campus call 845-574-4911.


Contact Information Contact Information


Contact Information

Public Safety

Eugene Levy Fieldhouse, 2nd Floor

For Emergencies/Medical:

For Security Escort:


William Murphy
Chief Law Enforcement Office

Christian Cea
Interim Assistant Director

For R.A.D.:
Avigail Serwatien

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