With many students returning to campus this fall, it is a perfect time to review a few easy tips for students to stay safe on campus as they return to school for a new semester.
Returning to school can already be difficult and intimidating for many and with the pandemic putting a quick to end to in-person lectures in schools all across the world last spring, those fears only grew larger.
While returning to school may look a little different this time around, even when your school may be doing all they can to promote cleanliness and social distancing, there are still a few things that you can do to stay safe.
Learning new things to do in order to stay safe is not only an educational process, but it’s also something that students should take on for themselves. There are plenty of simple tips for students to keep safe on campus this fall, but it’s important that students remember that everyone is different and that their safety is always their top priority.
Keep Your Groups Small
There are a number of things that students can do on a daily basis to help themselves and others feel safer during the pandemic. One way that students can begin to learn how to protect themselves is to make sure that they do their studying and homework in smaller groups, or on their own.
Of course, there will be times when studying in a group or with a tutor is necessary, it is probably a good idea to keep these groups to as few people as possible.
When studying in school facilities such as libraries or study halls, remember to keep your distance from other study groups sharing the space. If manageable, it might also be a good idea to study outdoors.
Likewise, you may consider using an online video platform for group studies. These services can typically host several users and allows you the ability to share work and talk openly, all while maintaining a safe distance from your classmates or tutors.
Let Someone Know Where You Are
For many students living on campus is an exciting new chapter in their life as it is likely the first time they have ever lived on their own, away from home. With that being said, it is important to let others know where you are and what your schedule is like. This makes it possible for you to be reached in case of an emergency as well as helps keep you safe.
Many students like to do things such as jogging, hiking, or swimming as a way to blow off steam. If you are headed somewhere, especially a location where there is not a lot of public traffic, it is always a good idea to let somebody know where you are and how long you expect to be gone in case of an emergency.
Don’t Be Afraid to Speak Up
Students need to remember that they should always remain calm when dealing with a situation where they are unsure of what to do. Each school should have qualified counselors, leaders, and even police departments to help you if you encounter a situation such as abuse, assault, theft, or even situations such as a slippery floor or broken bathroom partition hardware, whether it is something that has happened to you or something that you witness happening to someone else, speaking up is always the right thing to do.
There are a number of ways for students to help themselves as well as their fellow classmates on campus, but one of the best things to do is to talk to their professors and school counselors about the different incidents that they may encounter during the course of the semester.
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If students feel uncomfortable about having a conversation with someone on campus, they should take the time to call the office of the dean of students. The office of the dean of students is responsible for making sure that everyone on campus feels safe and comfortable and that their professors know exactly what they’re doing at any given moment.
Another thing that students can do in order to make sure that they feel secure on campus is to talk to other students who might have a common experience. They can learn about what other students’ experience and they will be able to relate it back to them, which will make them feel much more confident about their own experiences.
When students are feeling safe, they are much more likely to take advantage of everything that is offered to them on campus. This includes having fun and engaging in different activities, which is something that everyone should look forward to.
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