The Community Safety Office (CSO) responds to the personal safety concerns of students, staff, and faculty members of Huron, and offers support on a short term basis.
The CSO responds to all personal safety concerns by addressing the complaint, assessing the personal and community safety risks and by providing a continuum of intervention options that the complainant can explore in order to address their personal safety concern(s). The CSO can also assist in co-creating a safety plan, and in referring and working in partnership with various offices in order to address the individual’s personal safety concerns. The office can help community members file official complaints to the University under Huron’s Sexual Violence Policy.
Additionally, the office will be offering sexual violence prevention programming and women’s self defence sessions each year.
Do you have an emergency?
24-hour Campus Community Police Services
The Community Safety Office provides assistance to members of Huron University. The Community Safety Office can help if:
- you are experiencing stalking or harassment
- you are being bullied, intimidated or threatened
- you are in a controlling or abusive relationship
- you are living with family violence
- you have been sexually assaulted
- you have any safety concerns
Community Safety acts as a consultant to Staff & Faculty regarding personal and/or community safety concerns. A consultation may help you determine:
- the level of risk associated with your safety concern
- the need for intervention
- the course (s) of action, or next steps, that you can take in response to your safety concern
- the resources and support available to assist you or an individual you are concerned about
Safety is a priority at Huron at Western. The safety tips listed below have been provided to help you plan for your personal safety, on or off campus. Huron also offers Sexual Violence Prevention programming, as well as Personal Defence courses that deal with the more common occurrence of acquaintance-based violence.
Please consider signing up for these programs! Everyone has the right to live, work and study in safety and we all share in the responsibility to make this possible!
Whether you are a victim of a crime or a witness to a crime, call the police to report the incident. If the crime is in progress and it is safe for you to do so, call the police immediately by dialing 911 in order to increase the chance of the suspect being apprehended. When you call the police, it is important that you know the street name, address and name of the building where you are located and where you saw the incident.
• Immediately go to a safe place and call the police at 911 (Fire, Medical, Police)
• Provide a description of the incident and remain on the phone until the operator says it is okay.
• If the incident occurred on-campus, call Campus Police at 519-661-3300.
• Call your supervisor, if possible and inform them of the incident.
Suspicious Behavior? People are not suspicious, behavior is! If you notice something suspicious happening on campus contact Campus Police.
Examples of suspicious behavior include:
• Unusual noises, including: screaming, sounds of fighting, glass breaking, or illegal activity.
• People in buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
• Unauthorized personnel in restricted areas.
• Persons abandoning parcels or other items in unusual locations (i.e. in the lobby or in the elevator)
Be aware of the emergency numbers. Pre-program your cell phone!
• Know where the nearest exits are located if you need to escape.
• Make note of where emergency phones are located on campus *MAP FROM CAMPUS POLICE*
• Know where the nearest fire alarm is located.
• If you are working alone, ensure that the exterior doors and/or your main office door is locked.
• Don't bring valuables, jewelry or large amounts of money to school/work if you don't have to.
• Lock your office door, even if you are leaving only for a few minutes.
• If a tradesperson, repair person or courier requests admittance to your building, office or room, ask for identification. If you are not satisfied with the person's credentials, direct him or her to someone in authority for assistance.
• If someone unknown requests entrance to your building, or attempts to enter a locked area with you, refuse them entry. Tell them, "I'm sorry, but we are very concerned about security in this building" or "If you will tell me whom you want to visit, I'll buzz them for you." If they persist, direct them to someone in authority. Report any unauthorized entry to your building security or to the University Police.
• Be especially aware of maintaining security in your building during holiday or vacation periods, or during quiet times, when there are fewer people around.
• Use the buddy system. If you are going to work late at night in a University building, try to locate yourself close to someone you know. Or, let someone else know where you are and when you expect to leave.
• When you know you will be returning to your car late at night, try to park it in a well lit area.
• Contact Foot Patrol to walk you to your car at night.
• Before getting into your car, visually check the interior.
• Have your keys in your hand, so that you don’t have to search for them when you reach your car.
• Try not to park on levels of a parking garage that will be empty when you return.
• Know your nearest safe exit route from a garage.
• Back your car into a parking stall in a garage. This gives you greater visibility and allows you to drive away more quickly if you are being approached by a stranger.
• When you leave your car, walk briskly and confidently. Do not be distracted.
• If you are worried about becoming a target, vary your routine. Park in different spots at different times.
Be alert! - Being alert to what and who is around you is the best defence. Walk with a self-assured stride, with your head up, and look around (persons who look strong and in control are less attractive targets).
• Avoid wearing headphones or electronic devices that can distract you or limit what you can hear around you
• Avoid walking alone on-campus at night. Walk with a friend or call Foot Patrol to escort you to where you are going
• Avoid using short cuts or other routes that are less traveled and may obscure you from being seen by others.
• Try to stay in well lit areas, and use routes that are frequently traveled by others.
• Know where you are going - plan your route.
• Have your keys or ID card ready in your hand. This prevents you having to fumble with your keys at the doors.
• Be aware of what is going on around you. If you suspect you are being followed, indicate your suspicion by looking behind you. If you are on foot, cross the street, change directions or vary your speed. In a commercial or residential area, head for a place where there are other people as soon as possible
• If someone is following you or you even think someone is following you, immediately run away and scream and shout to attract attention. Go immediately to a phone and call Campus Police or 911.
• When walking on or off campus, be conscious of the weather and dress and prepare accordingly. Do not travel by foot unnecessarily during storms, especially if there is thunder and/or lightening
Make note of emergency phones and beacons: *MAP FROM CAMPUS POLICE*
Never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, and do not get in a car with someone who has been drinking or using drugs
• Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water before you start drinking alcohol
• Eat before you drink. Eating first will help you absorb alcohol less quickly
• Use the “buddy system”—be with friends who will help you stick to your limits and keep you out of trouble if you start to lose your ability to make good decisions; do the same for your friends.
• Alternate alcoholic drinks with non-alcoholic drinks to slow down the rate of your alcohol consumption
• Plan your transportation, using an Uber, a designated driver or transit to and from your destination
• Carry condoms. Alcohol can loosen inhibitions so practicing safe sex can prevent unwanted pregnancy and a possible STI
• Don’t let a stranger pour your drink or hand you one.
• Avoid using alcohol with prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational drugs, especially sedatives (e.g., Xanax, Valium) and opiates (e.g., OxyContin, Heroin), which can result in serious health consequences, including death.
In Ontario, bicycles are considered to be vehicles under the Highway Traffic Act and must therefore be ridden on roadways. Cyclists must obey all traffic laws, including traffic lights, stop signs, etc. To ensure you travel safely while bicycling in Ontario, follow these safety tips:
• Always wear a helmet.
• Ensure that your bicycle is in good mechanical order and safe to ride.
• Ensure that your bicycle is equipped with a horn or a bell to ensure that pedestrians can hear you when approaching.
• Cyclists must use hand signals to alert others when turning right, turning left or stopping.
• Cyclists need to be aware of their surroundings and be able and willing to share the road with other vehicles.
• Cyclists should ensure that they carry identification on them at all times.
• Cyclists should carry a telephone for communication purposes in case of emergencies.
• Cyclists should consider carrying a first aid kit.
• Cyclists should always ensure that they are wearing reflective clothing for maximum visibility.
• When cycling at night cyclists should always ensure that they have a light installed on the front of their bike including light reflectors on the front and back of the bike.
• Ensure your bicycles are locked with a proper lock when not in use.
A theft of opportunity can be defined as a planned or unplanned theft of property (i.e. when personal items are left unguarded, this provides the opportunity). High-value assets including small, portable items or electronic devices such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets are the most sought-after items.
• Do not leave your items unattended. This includes leaving your laptop on the desk in the library to search for a book, use the washroom, or take a quick call in the stairwell. The theft often goes unnoticed by others in the area as they only take a few seconds to commit.
• Don't leave your property out of your view. Some items have gone missing with the owner present and not paying attention. Leave your items out of the view of others; if you are reading a book, leave your laptop in your backpack and on the desk where you will see anyone attempting to tamper with it or steal your items.
• Don't assume that your friends or others around you will watch your property. If you must leave the area for any reason the best bet is to take your property with you.
• Personalize your property. Add stickers, covers, engraving or other markings that will make it personal and less attractive to thieves due to lower resale value from personalization.
• Use a cable lock attached to your laptop. Make sure that the cable is locked to something secure. You should also use security features such as passwords and encryption.
Feeling Distressed? There's Help
Are you in crisis?
Call Good2Talk. Free, confidential helpline with professional counseling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.
For Staff or Faculty Members
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Are you in immediate danger?
Call 911, then Campus Community Police (24/7/365; Campus Community Police can direct your call to the right service)
Campus Community Police Service: 519.661.3300
London Police: 519.661.5670
Centre for International Experience Safety Abroad: 416.946.3929
Have you experienced sexual violence or sexual assault?
Visit a Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence
Treatment Centre immediately for help with next steps, medical treatment, support, and the option to have a Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit exam.
Services available 24/7/365
Sexual Assault Centre London, 255 Horton St E, London, ON N6B 1L1, 519.439.0844
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