While we are in a safe neighborhood and safe city, it is still important to know how to stay safe and aware on campus – especially at night. Recently, the Office of Student Conduct brought Heather Ryan, former NCIS Agent, spoke to MSU students about how to stay safe on campus and how to keep others safe. The biggest take away from Heather’s talk was actually incredibly simple – be aware of your surroundings. Just simply being aware of what is going on around you can keep you, and those around you, incredibly safe.
MSU’s campus is safe, but taking extra precautions is always a good idea! Try not to walk at night with headphones in or while talking on your phone – that way you can pay attention to everything around you and be prepared to act. In addition to acting preventatively to keep yourself safe, MSU also has resources and folks who are dedicated to keeping you safe. MSU Safety and Transportation is always available to walk with you at night, if you feel uncomfortable walking by yourself through their Safe Walks Program! All you have to do is call and they will walk with you! The Safe Walk Program pertains to: from/to academic buildings, from/to residence halls, and from/to parking lots. Just call the Safety and Transportation Radio and Communications Center (417-836-5509) and they will get an officer to assist you.
MSU Safety and Transportation also partners with the Springfield Police Department in order to keep us all as safe as we can be. If you ever feel uncomfortable or see something suspicious – call Safety and Transportation at 417-836-8870 or the Springfield Police Department at 417-836-5327.