As students, faculty and staff settle into the routine of being back on campus, their days are consumed with classes and work.
But during the month of September, the campus community will be reminded to put safety at the forefront of issues they think about on a regular basis.
September is National Campus Safety Month, Campus Fire Safety Month and Disaster Preparedness Month. Case Western Reserve University will mark all three campaigns by observing the inaugural Safety Awareness Month.
"We took three national efforts and blended them together," said Jason Goodrick, associate director for emergency management, police and security services. "This will be very focused on the specific safety programs we offer at Case Western Reserve."
A special emphasis will be put on safety awareness, programs and tips throughout the month. In addition, the campus community will have an opportunity to get a variety of safety information in one location during a Campus Safety Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, September 10, in the Thwing Center atrium.
"People will have a chance to interact directly with the police officers, fire personnel and others who respond during emergencies," Goodrick explained. The fair will showcase programs such as Safe Ride and escort service, personal alarms, Rape Aggression Defense, CaseEMSand CaseWARN, the university's emergency alert service. In addition, students will be able to register their bikes and receive free U locks.
A seasonal flu shot clinic will be held concurrently with the event. The free shot will be offered by University Health Services for all students, faculty and staff. In order to receive the shot, attendees must present their university employee or student IDs.
Representatives from Campus Police and Security Services; the University Circle Police Department; CaseEMS; University Health Services; the Office of Student Affairs; the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life; the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women; The American Red Cross; the Cuyahoga County Department of Justice Affairs; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and City of Cleveland safety divisions will be available to talk with the campus community.
Goodrick said the response from campus departments offering to support the university's first Campus Safety Month has been incredible. "This has really taken off, and it's been a joint effort. Safety is a shared responsibility."
Case Western Reserve University is committed to the free exchange of ideas, reasoned debate and intellectual dialogue. Speakers and scholars with a diversity of opinions and perspectives are invited to the campus to provide the community with important points of view, some of which may be deemed controversial. The views and opinions of those invited to speak on the campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.