Safety Mass Email 2012

Dear UW-Madison student,

I hope your semester is off to a safe and successful start! If you’re new to campus, you may not know me yet, but it’s one of my roles as your dean of students to provide information about your health and safety.

If you’ve been away from Madison this summer, you should be aware that there have been several recent violent incidents downtown, particularly late night in the University Avenue corridor. Learn more and take special care in this area: http://www.news.wisc.edu/20933

Some basic safety tips are:

–Always walk with a group of friends, especially at night.

–If you intend to drink, do so in moderation so as not to put yourself in a position of increased risk.

–Make use of SAFE Nighttime Services,

–Use your “radar” or common sense as your first defense.

–Sign-up for WiscAlerts text messaging at go.wisc.edu/wiscalerts

–Always carry your cell phone. If you find yourself in an unsafe situation or are witnessing a crime call the police- 911 in emergencies or (608) 264-COPS for UWPD’s non-emergency line

In the wake of shooting incidents in Oak Creek, Wis., near the Texas A & M campus and Aurora, Colo., I also want to take a moment to note that UW-Madison, like universities around the country, convenes a group designed to conduct threat assessment on behalf of the entire campus community.

It is our belief that the best way to learn of and curb a potential threat is through extensive communication between administrators and members of the campus community. If you are aware of an individual of concern or need any kind of assistance, please call 608-263-5700 and ask for the on-call dean. Your care and concern is important in keeping our community safe.

Lastly, our campus boasts a vibrant social scene, full of many different ways to have fun with your friends. Many students find that college is the first time that they encounter use and misuse of alcohol by their peers.

Too frequently I personally encounter students whose choices involving alcohol create problems for themselves and others. These choices result in harm done to themselves or others. I don’t want this to happen to any member of our community. Be safe this weekend and take a moment to learn more about campus policies around alcohol.

Safety is a shared responsibility between students, administrators, our police and community. Again, welcome and have a safe and successful semester!

Lori M. Berquam

Dean of Students