Safety-alert boards & posters installed
New signs sprouting up across campus are part of a U of S plan to respond quickly with information alerts following violent incidents, sexual assaults, or any incident posing a threat to people at the University.
Community Safety Officer Janice Lavoie says about 35 bright yellow-and-red safety alert boards have been installed at the entrances to the main buildings on campus. The 11-by-17-inch boards are to be used solely by campus Security Services for safety alerts. Lavoie says the boards are to remain empty at all other times, to ensure their high visibility when used for an alert.
“The safety alerts will also be sent by broadcast e-mail to all faculty, students and staff,” Lavoie adds.
She says 8-1/2-by-11-inch “personal safety resource posters” have also been put up in men’s and women’s washrooms across campus used by students. The posters list contact information for a number of services – including Security Services, Safewalk and Student Counselling – and they remind people about the SaskTel Safety payphones and U of S emergency safety phones at many points around campus.
“We want to take a very proactive approach, so people know who to reach out to at the University,” Lavoie says.
The safety alert boards and resource posters were put up in June. The moves are part of the University’s safety initiative flowing from recommendations of an external review of campus safety, conducted in February and March by two University of Calgary officials and made public by the U of S in April.
That review was sparked by concerns about security following a sexual assault in the Little Stone Schoolhouse last July and another reported sexual assault in the Arts Building last fall.