As a parent, you may have mixed feelings about your student leaving home and being on his or her own. Like many parents, you may be concerned for your studentâ€™s personal safety and well-being. We encourage you to talk with your son or daughter about personal safety and using protective strategies. Here is a list of general safety tips your son or daughter can use to help remain safe:
In addition to talking to your student about personal safety, you may suggest that your student develop a safety plan with roommates or friends. A safety plan might include:
It is also important to remember that a student may do everything possible to protect him or herself and still be a victim of a crime, such as sexual assault. The use of protective strategies does not exclude someone from being a target â€“ such strategies can only reduce the chances. If your student becomes a victim of a crime, there are campus systems in place to help with recovery. And your support is vital. Questioning whether or not your student used protective strategies implies he or she is somehow to blame for what has happened. Only an offender can truly prevent a crime from taking place.