Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day…

 

Hi there BU!

 

My name is Melissa, I am a third year BU student studying Arts Administration and Business. Along with my regular student activities, I am also the assistant manager of Bishop’s University’s Student Safety Services. I have been on the team for four years now (I started in my final year at Champlain College) and could not imagine a better part time job to have during the school year: a flexible schedule that fits around all of my classes, meeting new members of Bishops’ awesome student body during every shift, and above all, working with a lovely team of fellow students who are eager to help and are very supportive.  Not only is the team great, but we also get to know the security staff at Bishop’s, who are just as fun and supportive as long as you are following the University’s rules and not doing anything ticket-worthy.

 

The Campus recently published an article about Student Safety that provides BU with a look into what we do. They briefly described what Safe Haven is, but I just want to make sure everything is clear.

 

Safe Haven, located in the basement of the SUB building (attached to the men’s and women’s washrooms at the Gait), is a quiet place for students who feel unsafe (due to being threatened by someone in the bar for example), have been injured in the bar (cuts and scrapes that might need some patching-up), or who have had a little too much to drink. There are mats, chairs, as well as first aid supplies and friendly faces there waiting to help students out. All Student Safety members have First Aid training so don’t worry, the students are in good hands. We have a strict confidentiality policy on Student Safety and students who use Safe Haven, for any reason, can rest assured that no one outside of the room will know that they were even there. While on patrol, I have seen my fair share of students come in and out of Safe Haven. There is absolutely nothing to feel bad about. We all lose control sometimes and have a few too many, for various reasons, and no one is judging anyone else in there.

 

Student Safety’s purpose, first and foremost, is to make sure that BU students have a great out-of-the-classroom experience at Bishop’s, be it at the bar, sports games, wine and cheeses or receptions, or at off-campus parties. We want to make sure that every student has a good time and gets to bed safe and sound… so that they can wake up bright and early to tackle some readings and assignments!

 

On that note, I am sure that none of you have forgotten that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up.  You will most likely see us in our stylish patrol jackets, out-and-about all day and night, making sure that everyone is having a good time and being safe. Don’t be shy to come over and say hello; we love chatting with you guys! It’s one of my favourite parts of the job!

 

Also, make sure to stay off the roads and side-walks with alcohol to avoid any nasty little tickets ($75 off-campus, $40 on-campus – keep it in your rooms!) Let’s make the day a lot easier for the Sherbrooke police, security, and our wallets!

 

Melissa

 

 

 

 

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