Safety Week: Keeping Golden Hawks Safe

Hello Golden Hawks and welcome back to school!!

We are so excited for the start of this school year and hope you all are too. I know that this year will look different, but one thing remains the same: our goal is to keep you safe!

Below find fantastic tips and tricks on how to protect yourself and your community as you return to campus this year.

– The University Affairs Team
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Safety of your Belongings:

While your own safety comes first, we all want to protect the material things that are valuable to us. Here are a few tips on how to do this at home and on-campus

  • Bike Locks
    • Make sure you have a reliable, strong bike lock to ensure your bike is secure while you attend classes and participate in activities.
    • Find Anti-Theft Bike alarms and bike locks on Amazon!
  • Car Concealment
    • Avoid keeping valuables in your car, if you need to store things in your car ensure they are concealed
    • Keep a blanket in your car
  • Double-check your doors
    • Ensure your doors are locked before leaving the house or going to bed. Additional safety alarms may be helpful for break-in prevention
    • Door and window smart sensor alarms are available on Amazon
  • Safe Places
    • Be aware of your surroundings and where you can go to seek help such as using emergency poles or going to a Laurier Brantford Safe Place
    • Locate the emergency poles


Safety of your person

Being proactive is a great way to keep yourself safe at all times of the day, here are some tips and resources to help.

  • Avoid walking alone at night! You can utilize foot patrol for a safe walk home, call a friend and share your location with a friend.
  • Avoid studying in isolated areas, staying in well lit, public places can help keep yourself safe. If working alone on campus you can register and use the work alone feature of the SafeHawk App.
  • USE THE SAFEHAWK APP. If you find yourself in a situation where you feel unsafe, you can use the SAFEhawk app to text or call SCS, you can use the blue light emergency poles on campus or seek help at a Laurier Brantford Safe place.


Safety of your Community:

Be aware of the needs in your community and be proactive in helping those around you. You can also help community members, including other students stay safe by educating yourself.

  • Educate yourself on how to be an ally in your community
    • Check out LSPRING’S website and social media for updates on community, social and environmental initiatives and how you can get involved. Their community care page and consent campaign are excellent places to start.
  • Equip yourself with resources to help those in need
    • Consider picking up a free naloxone kit.
  • Check-in with peers regularly and refer them to supports when needed
    • Encourage students to reach out to the wellness centre or other on-campus services. If you are worried for someone’s safety and well-being consider filling out the Students’ Union Person of Concern Form to have additional support provided to the student.


Safety of your Information

In addition to keeping ourselves safe, we also need to keep our information safe. Here are some tips and things to be aware of to help keep your information safe when online

  • Password Security
    • Ensure you have a strong password and never share your username or password
    • Use a combination of letters, numbers and characters
    • Avoid using the same password for multiple accounts
    • Refer to ICT resources to manager Laurier Username and password.
  • Phishing
    • Only click links or visit websites that you trust from verified senders
    • Never provide personal information over email like passwords, SIN number, bank information
    • If you suspect you’ve fallen victim to a cyber-attack or have accidentally clicked on a fraudulent link with your MyLaurier account contact support@mylaurier.ca
  • Privacy
    • Be aware of your surroundings! Don’t work on confidential things when people can see your screen
    • Use a laptop privacy screen protector so those around you cannot read your screen
    • Use a webcam cover when not using your webcam


Safety of wellbeing

Taking time for self-care and personal well-being is just as important as taking time for physical care and well-being. When things get difficult there are resources available, here are some of them:

  • Student Wellness centre
    • The Student Wellness Centre has Mental and Physical Health appointments available if you call them, as well as drop-in hours for an urgent situation.
    • Call the Student Wellness Centre to inquire about drop-in hours or book an appointment:
      • Brantford Students: 519-756-8228 x5803
      • Waterloo Students: 518-884-0710 x3146
    • Good 2 Talk
      • Good 2 Talk provides confidential support for post-secondary students in Ontario. If you are in crisis or not in crisis but still need someone to talk to, Good 2 Talk is available 24/7
      • Call 1-800-925-5454
    • Food Bank
      • Food Bank is available to support students by providing them with food parcels filled with nutritious ingredients, you can request 5 parcels per semester and it is available to everyone
      • Request a parcel from Food Bank by emailing foodbank@wlu.ca (Waterloo Students) or lbfoodbank@wlu.ca (Brantford Students)
  • Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
    • Centre for Student Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is available for students seeking support if they are feeling unsafe of have experiences harassment or discrimination of any kind.
    • Request an appointment or reach out to CSEDI by emailing diversity@wlu.ca

 

Crime Reporting

If you are a victim or witness to a crime, do not hesitate to report it

  • On-campus
    • If you are reporting or experiencing an on-campus emergency that requires immediate assistance call:
      • SCS Waterloo 519-885-3333
      • SCS Brantford: 519-770-3778
    • Off-Campus
      • If you are reporting or experiencing an off-campus emergency that requires immediate assistance call 9-1-1
      • If you are reporting or experiencing an off-campus non-emergency call:
        • WRPS: 519-570-9777
        • BPS: 519-756-0113 OR 519-756-7050
      • Online reporting
        • There are certain incident types that can be reported online via SCS and your area’s respective police service. Visit the link in our bio to learn more about what can be reported online.
      • For more information on crime reporting visit the SAFEhawk app and reporting guidelines set out by your area’s respective police service.

Thanks for reading Golden Hawks and have a happy, healthy and safe return to campus!

 

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