SIUE is strongly committed to crime prevention through awareness and education. Like any other community, university campuses are not immune to crime. Students, faculty, and staff are urged to take advantage of safety programs offered through University departments such as the Police, Housing, Student Affairs, Health Services, Counseling Services, Emergency Management and Safety, Human Resources, Greek Life, Kimmel Leadership Center, Cougar Athletics, Student Government, and many others.
Coordination of efforts among campus departments is very effective. Following is a sampling of crime prevention and security awareness programs offered at SIUE:
The SIUE Alcohol and Drug Awareness Program provides students with multi-level prevention approaches through programs and services which empower them, individually and collectively. Alcohol and drug programs are presented on a regular basis in residence halls and to other student groups in an effort to inform our students of the effects of alcohol and drugs. For additional information, contact SIUE Housing at 618/650-3931.
Sexual Assault Prevention Programs are offered and include such topics as: Acquaintance/Date Rape, Stranger Rape, Child Sexual Abuse, Healthy Dating Relationships, and Assessing Risk. Other services offered include Crisis Intervention and Suicide Intervention. For additional information, contact the SIUE Police Department at 618/650-3324 or Counseling Services at 618/650-2842.
Counseling Services in collaboration with Health Services provide a comprehensive Power Point presentation entitled Risky Business. This presentation addresses topics including alcohol and drug abuse, credit card fraud, sexual assault, gambling and other issues that plague college campuses. For additional presentation topics offered, visit the SIUE Counseling Services website at: www.siue.edu/counseling click on "Campus Outreach by Topic" under the "Services Offered" tab. For additional information, contact Counseling Services or Health Services at 618/650-2842.
Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) System is offered at no charge to students, faculty, and staff. This is a 12-hour course of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women that cover assault prevention and risk reduction while progressing on to basic hand-on defense training. The class is taught by SIUE police officers who are certified under the R.A.D. System. Contact the SIUE Police Department at 618/650-3324 to enroll in a session.
"Stop Violence" Campaign is an ongoing outreach initiative to educate students and the campus community on how to identify early warning signs of violence and understand the appropriate responses. For more information go to http://siue.edu/emergencymanagement . This site also contains an emergency training video entitled "Shots Fired on Campus," and a violence prevention video entitled "Flashpoint."
Orientations, including freshman orientation, new employee orientation, and international student orientation are avenues used to outline ways to maintain personal safety and residence hall security through informational booths and video presentations.
Various educational programs on safety related issues both for students and employees are offered by many departments throughout the year. These same programs are also available upon request. If a request is made for a prevention program that has not previously been done, all efforts will be made to customize a program to the individual's needs. For additional information, contact the SIUE Police Department at 618/650-3324 or Counseling Services at 618/650-2842.
A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.
Following are some initiatives SIUE has undertaken in an effort to provide a safe and secure campus environment:
The University Police Department provides an escort service to those individuals who feel apprehensive about walking alone on campus. The police will provide an escort from one building to another on campus or to a vehicle in a campus parking lot.
Each fall semester, the Campus Crime Prevention Committee conducts safety walks on the Edwardsville Campus, the Alton Campus, and at the East St. Louis Higher Education Campus. Faculty, staff, and students evaluate various physical aspects of each campus with particular attention to any possible safety deficiencies. Recommendations are then made to the Vice Chancellor for Administration for consideration. As a result of past walks, campus lighting has been enhanced, landscaping has been pruned back, and additional emergency phone units have been installed.
The SIUE Office of Emergency Management and Safety has set up a website to serve as a quick reference for effective action during an emergency. By going to http://www.siue.edu/emergency and clicking on any of the listed subject matters, you will get effective answers to that particular emergency situation. All e-lerts will automatically be sent to this page as soon as they are posted. Any details of emergency situations that may occur on campus will be posted and updated at this site. For more information, please contact the Office of Emergency Management and Safety at 618/650-3584 or visit their website at http://www.siue.edu/emergencymanagement
The Illinois General Assembly has recently adopted new statutory requirements affecting all institutions of higher education in the State of Illinois relating to campus violence prevention. Specifically, the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act of 2008 mandates all institutions of higher education to create a campus violence prevention plan and training program. In response to this statutory mandate, SIUE has developed a campus violence prevention plan which sets forth violence prevention strategies, measures, policies, and programs for the purpose of preventing violence and enhancing safety on campus. This plan incorporates the statutory requirements which include the plan itself, the formation of a violence prevention committee and training/notification procedures for the campus community.
To view the SIUE Campus Violence Prevention Plan and for more information go to: www.siue.edu/emergencymanagement click on Campus Violence Prevention Plan under the Emergency Management tab.