Going away to university can be exciting. It also means plunging yourself into the waters of adulthood and adult responsibility. While you may be getting more familiar and comfortable with your new home on campus, it is important to remain aware of your surroundings and remember that you play an important role in your personal safety.
Here are a few common-sense tips to help you stay safe on campus and in residence this year:
Keys and Access
- Keep your doors locked, even when in your room. You wouldn’t leave your front door at home open, so why leave your residence room open?
- Do not share your keys, access cards, or Campus Card with others.
- Do not prop open floor doors. If you need to leave, bring your Campus Card to swipe back in.
- Do not let people into your residence building if you do not know them. If someone you do not know tells you that they have forgotten their card to get onto the floor, don’t let them in. Instead, remind them that the Residence Desk staff can handle lockouts.
- Never leave your personal belongings unattended. If you are studying in the TV or study lounge, and need to leave, bring your laptop or textbooks with you.
- Try to leave your bags in your room when heading to grab food at the Caf.
- Stick to the safe paths when walking after dark. These paths are marked by yellow poles, and provide additional lighting as well as an emergency push button.
- Report suspicious people or activities to Campus Safety. If it makes you feel uncomfortable or gives you an uneasy feeling, chances are something’s not right!
- Try to walk with a group or a buddy, particularly after dark, both outside and within the tunnels.
Some additional resources on campus include:
Campus Safety Services:
Safety is responsible for the on-going wellbeing of Carleton students and staff. They facilitate patrol services, CUSERT (Carleton University Student Emergency Response Team), parking, and much more.
Emergency on campus? Contact CSS’s emergency line at 613-520-4444 or dial 4444 from any campus phone.
Non-Emergency Line: 613-520-3612 or 3612 from any on campus phone.
Residence Fellows are upper year students who live on your residence floor to provide resources and support. You will have at least one Residence Fellow living on your floor with you, and they will act as a support system for all students living on the floor. They connect with students throughout the year, create initiatives and learning opportunities within the floor community, and act as community leaders.
Residence Fellows are your peers. They have recently been in your position and understand what it’s like to be a new student living in residence. They will strive to help create a community that is conducive to learning, academic success, and personal growth.
If you need support between the hours of 9pm – 7am, call the Residence Fellow on-call by using the number specified for your building.
Foot Patrol is a student-operated, student-run, and volunteer-based service centre. They provide Safe Walk services both on and off-campus, as well as a Borrow a First Aid Kit Service. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Foot Patrol is providing a Walk and Talk service available to Carleton Students.
The service is available from 6:00pm to 2:00am, 7 days a week at 613-520-4449. For more information, check out their website at https://www.cusaonline.ca/services/servicecentres/footpatrol/