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Staying Safe: Tips to Help Your Student

According to FBI statistics, Baldwin Wallace has one of the safest campuses in Ohio. That is because we make safety a top priority.

In addition to its own staff, which includes an investigator and patrol officers, BW Office of Safety and Security has ongoing initiatives with the Berea police and other local safety services. These relationships, as well as a formalized emergency response plan, are in place in the event of a potential crisis situation.

BW's Safety and Security is staffed 24/7, including holidays and breaks. BW offers round-the-clock walking escort service and other important resources for students and their families. Rave Alerts provides information on important situations (severe weather and building and campus closures) via text messages.

Student Safety Tips

  • Avoid remote areas and do not walk alone at night. If you are alone, BW offers a round-the-clock walking escort service.
  • Do not leave your ID card, purse, wallet, electronics, and other valuables unattended. Keep them with you or locked away out of open view.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable with a person, place or situation, then go someplace where you can be with others and feel safe.
  • When socializing, do not allow yourself or others to be left alone. Keep beverages in hand and do not accept one you did not see poured or are suspicious of in terms of its contents or source.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle and be alert. Upon entering or exiting it, immediately lock the doors. Avoid parking alongside occupied vehicles and do not turn your back on strangers.
  • Do not seek help from strangers if you accidentally lock your keys in your vehicle or need a battery jump-start while on campus or on an adjacent street. Call (440) 826-2336 and a BW Safety and Security staff member will be dispatched to assist you. There is no charge for this service.
  • If you live in the residence halls, lock the door to your room whenever it will be vacant. While BW residence halls have special steel security screens, windows should be locked if no one is in there. In addition, exterior doors of residence halls should not be propped open.
  • Report suspicious activity to the Department of Safety and Security and pay attention to the well being of others on campus.
  • Protect your identity by being aware of tips to prevent identity theft. According to the Federal Trade Commission, 18 to 29-year-olds are commonly victimized by this crime.
  • While Berea is a safe community, you should be alert to situations, surroundings and people who might compromise your well being. Avoid carrying expensive belongings and large quantities of cash.