In the interest of safety of the faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the campus, the Department of Public Safety's Parking and Traffic Division will be operating an Evening Shuttle Bus service beginning Sunday August 26, 2012. This shuttle service will be run Sunday - Thursday each week during the fall and spring semesters and on special occasions. The shuttle service operating hours will be from 5:30 pm - 1:30 am each evening of operation. The route of the shuttle service has been planned out to allow for a 15 minute route through the campus. The buses are ADA-compliant and wheelchair accessible. There is also a website that the students can go to, www.nextbus.com, to see where the bus is in its route. The NextBus information is slated to go live on August 27th.
There have been six (6) strategically placed bus stops on the campus in an attempt to accommodate those in need of the service. The six (6) bus stop locations are as follows:
#1 Lot 46 at the Foot Bridge
#2 Wilson Dr. near the Ag Bldg/Wilson Garage
#3 Wilson Dr. near the Student Recreation Center/Lot 53
#4 Baker St. and Caroline St (near Lumberjack Village/Mays Hall)
#5 Vista Dr. at the Baker Pattillo Student Center
#6 E. College at Raguet St.
To view a campus map with the Bus Stops, click here.
If you still feel unsafe walking from the building to the bus stop or the bus stop to the building, you may call the Department of Public Safety at 936-468-2608 or utilize any of the emergency call boxes to request a walking escort to and from the bus stop. Once the shuttle service has ended for the evening or it is Friday or Saturday nights, you may call the Department of Public Safety at 936-468-2608 or utilize an emergency call box to request a safe passage escort to any point on campus from any point on campus.
The Department of Public Safety officers a wide variety of crime prevention programs to our community members. These courses are offered numerous times a semester either by a pre-scheduled course or upon request by any person or group. Persons or groups requesting that a course be taught can customize the course to cover one or several topics. This is done by contacting the Department of Public Safety at (936)468-2608. The courses offered, include;
- Personal Safety Awareness - teaches people to be more aware of there surroundings including location, people, possible escape routes, emergency call phones, and safe paths of travel. University services are also discussed such as personal escorts by vehicle or on foot.
- Residential and Office Security - teaches our community members basic safety protocols to follow in securing their personal items, locking their doors when the room is not being occupied or even if occupied, not to leave personal items unattended in classrooms, gymnasiums, cafeteria's, or walking tracks.
- Sexual Assault Awareness - Informs persons of the potential dangers of leaving drinks unattended at clubs or parties, not going out alone, use the buddy system, and knowing where you are going and who you are going with.
- Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) - A course taught free of charge to anyone interested. This course provides attendees with information, tactics, and considerations which will be useful for various types of abductive encounters perpetrated against women.
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness - A course taught to educate attendees to the effects of drug and alcohol use. The attendee is made aware of how the use will effect their academic status, possible disciplinary sanctions imposed, and possible criminal charges that could be filed in criminal courts.
If a crime is to be committed, the offender must have the desire, ability, and opportunity to commit crime. Law enforcement can do little to remove the offender's desire and ability, and opportunity to commit crimes, but together we can remove the element of opportunity. THIS IS CRIME PREVENTION.
You can remove the temptation of opportunity by taking a few simple precautions.
PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY:
- Lock your door every time you leave-even for short trips down the hall (for instance, to visit your neighbors or coworkers).
- Do not leave valuables lying out in the open.
- Engrave your driver's license number on all valuable property (Operation ID)
- Record the serial numbers and brand names of all property.
- Lock your door when you take a nap or retire for the evening.
- Require identification before admitting someone unfamiliar into your room.
- Don't walk alone at night. Stay on lighted walkways and use the Police Escort Service.
- Report suspicious people or circumstances. Stop a crime before it happens.
- Offer your confidential assistance to the Department of Public Safety.