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Each year we try to post some info about college spring break safety. Last year we covered concerns about popular spring break locations in Mexico. Unfortunately, the situation does not appear to be any better, is may even been worse. It is our impression that many students are avoiding these areas, based on guidance provided by their schools and other sources.
We noticed a recent article in the New York Daily News which provides a list of popular spring break destinations in the U.S. and their corresponding risks based on a survey by Avvo.com. Parents should do their own independent research, but this survey shows some interesting results.
Before their kids head off on spring break, parents should definitely make sure they get as much detail as possible about the location, arrangements, etc. to help limit potential spring break dangers and risks.
Given the acts of violence which have occurred on college campuses over the past couple of years, most college parents are justifiably worried about the safety of their students.
Student safety has always been of utmost importance to college administrators , however the issue has gotten even more focus recently.
The Federal government just published a report which involved the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Education Department which analyzed acts of violence on college campuses. The report address the most common causes and motivations behind the crimes and revealed some interesting findings:
One of the key conclusions of the study was that attackers are most likely to target specific persons because they have an intimate relationship with the victims.
The report: defined the following “Factors that Motivated or Triggered the Directed Assaults”
Related to an Intimate Relationship 33.9%
Retaliation for Specific Action(s) 13.7%
Refused Advances or Obsession with the Target 10.1%
Response to Academic Stress/Failure 10.1%
Acquaintance/Stranger Based Sexual Violence 9.7%
Psychotic Actions 7.9%
Workplace Dismissal/Sanction 6.2%
Need to Kill / Specific Victimology 3.1%
Draw Attention to Self/Issue(s) 3.1%
Bias Related 2.2%
In future CollegeTipsForParents.org posts, we plan to provide tips and information from security experts on staying safe at college, campus safety, and security at college.
Many college students will be traveling to Mexico for Spring Break. The following article from Examiner.com provides a good overview of some of potential dangers that college students and college parents should be aware of. Mexico Spring Break Warning & Tips
Gambling on college campuses is becoming a serious problem. With so many online gambling sites, as well as the proliferation of casinos around the country, it is fairly easy for a student to get in trouble.
Poker competitions are popular on television and have likely generated an increased interest in poker playing among young people. There is an excellent article by Steven Friess in the NYTimes about what college are (and are not) doing about this problem. College parents definitely need to be aware of the topic of student gambling problems.
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In light of the violent incidents that have occurred on college campuses, security has become an even greater priority at colleges and universities. Security enhancements can be expensive, so colleges are looking for federal financial help to offset these costs.
Safety and security experts believe advanced alert systems, for example text messaging, is critical to providing rapid warning to alert students of imminent threats on campus.
Bills have recently been approved in both houses of Congress which would provide federal matching funds for colleges and universities to purchase emergency communication infrastructure or enhanced safety training. These items are incorporated into a larger bill addressing the postsecondary education law, which is currently being discussed in Congress.
Given the recent tragedies at University of North Carolina, Northern Illinois University, and Virginia Tech University, campus security is a extremely visible issue, and obviously of the utmost importance to the public. However, there has been frustration among colleges and security proponents at how long it has taken Congress to approve these measures. There is a chance that Congress could take action by April. Unfortunately, any funding would not be available until next year, since the dollars would have to be approved by the congressional budget committees and signed into law by the Whitehouse.
Colleges and Universities talk the safety and security of students VERY seriously. In fact, in light of recent tragedies, many schools are adding additional safeguards, including security related staff, procedures, and technology.
The United State’s Department of Education maintains a useful website with information about campus safety and security; this site maintains information resources which may be of interest to parents of college students:
Campus Safety and Security Resources
What happens if your student’s possessions are stolen or destroyed on campus ? Do you need insurance at college? or does your homeowners insurance cover your students possessions at college?
It depends on your insurance policy. You should definately check with your insurance agent.
As we saw in our earlier blog entry, valuable items can be easily stolen, including bikes, scooters, computers, etc. Unfortunately, theft on college campuses is extremely common. Parents need to alert their kidsabout the importance of protecting their property; plus parents also need to do a bit of homework about their insurance coverage. For some insights on this subject, the following article from the NY Daily News gives an excellent overview of insurance coverage as it relates to students living away from home.
Let us know your experiences regarding this important subject.
This video shows how easily thiefs can steal bikes on campus. The video was shot in various busy spots in New York City, although it is easy to image the same situation are any urban or rural college campus. It is amazing how passers by will not get involved. The video was put together by two brothers; the man in the video is actually ‘stealing’ his own bike to illustrate his point.
Bikes, mopeds, and scooters are expensive items, and as was illustrated in this video, are vulnerable to theifs. In future entries, we will discuss bike theft prevention tips, recommended bike locks, etc.