The cooperation and involvement of the entire campus community is absolutely necessary, as we all must assume some responsibility for our personal safety and the security of personal property. While Safety Services Officers (and/or interns) are on duty 24 hours a day, they can’t be everywhere at once. We rely on your help to report crimes or suspicious activity and to take some simple, common sense precautions, such as:
Avoid walking alone at night - Walk with a friend(s) or call us for an escort
Never prop open a door to a residence hall
Lock your door at all times - Even if you are next door visiting or just down the hall
Never lend your key or ID card to others
Don't let strangers into your residence hall
Report any suspicious or unusual activity to Safety Services
Never leave books or valuables unattended
Lock your vehicle and don't leave valuables in the car or in plain view
Report any security and maintenance problems - i.e. burned out lights
If you are in a situation where alcohol is being consumed, limit consumption and watch out for your friends as well. Never consume any beverage, especially alcohol, where you don't know who is serving you or where the beverage came from.
Most crimes on a college campus are committed by members of the campus community. While a vast majority of your friends and neighbors share your commitment to having a safe and secure community and the crime rate at Ashland University is low, please don't become complacent and think that we are not vulnerable to crime. Remember that it can happen anywhere. Oftentimes crimes, especially theft, are crimes of opportunity.
Should you recognize that a friend has a problem with alcohol or some other type of disruptive behavior, notify a counselor, clergy, your Resident Assistant, Safety Services, the Student Health Center, or anybody on campus you feel may be able to help your friend get the assistance he or she may need.