Better to be Safe than Sorry

Hey Riverhawks! School’s back and for some, it’s going to be a brand new experience! Not everyone’s definition of a “college experience” is going to be the same. However, whatever it may be, remember to keep a balance between your social AND academic life!            

Of course college should be fun! However, if you become tempted to have a bit of too much fun, keep in mind that there IS the University’s conduct code which students are expected to follow. As college students, you are all adults who are capable of making your own decisions. So, we like to say, “if you’re going to be stupid, be smart about it.” In other words, there’s no way to monitor every single student, but what we CAN do is educate you on ways to stay safe around campus. Learn more on the student conduct code here! 

Emergency Phone Poles: If you’re not so familiar with Lowell and decide to have a night of fun, staying around campus would be a safe option. With over a hundred blue emergency phone poles located on campus, you’ll always have help nearby! This will put you directly in contact with the University Police, as well as help them to find your location. Reach the University Police at 978-934-4911.

Good Samaritan Policy: If it so happens that you find your friend in a life-threatening emergency, but have all been underage drinking, do NOT hesitate to contact the University Police. You will not have to face the repercussions as the reporter. This policy is the University’s way of ensuring student safety, so that students will immediately search for help in these type of situations.

Buddy System: It’s as simple as it sounds. Always have a friend around!

Roadster Routes App:
With the Roadster Routes application that you can download on your phone, students can see the GPS tracking of all the buses in real time. If you don’t have access to the app, the next easy step is to call Transportation Services (978-934-2222). You can call them after 7:00 P.M. if you want to find your way to the commuter rail or need a lift from downtown. On weekends, they also offer a ride to the Drumhill Plaza where you can find Walmart, Hannaford, Moes, Panera Bread, Five Guys and more! More importantly, if you ever feel like you’re in an unsafe area and would like assistance in getting to your destination, you can also give Transportation Services a call!

Remember to keep a good balance between having fun and staying focused! By trying to keep that balance you’ll get the best out of your college experience. Don’t risk your safety!