The start of fall semester is an exciting time, not only for new and returning students, but for each of us as faculty and staff. As you know, college life introduces new environments, new experiences and new people, but also creates new challenges inside and outside the classroom. I want to reinforce our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment while stressing the importance of self-awareness. The safety of our campus community is a top priority for us and we take your safety as a CF employee seriously.
Here at the College of Central Florida we are ranked 27th in the nation for safest small colleges and universities by Collegechoice.net and we have three ways that can help you feel safe and secure.
The RAVE Alert System is a free service the college provides to students and employees for their safety. This platform allows instant communications to campus community members’ cell phones and email accounts in the event of an emergency. You can check your communication preferences on the MyCF portal.
The Silent Witness Program is for students, faculty and staff to report suspicious and/or criminal activity to Public Safety anonymously. These tips help CF investigate suspicious activity and crimes. If you are a victim and/or witness to a crime or other incident on campus and would like to report it anonymously, please fill out the Silent Witness Form here.
Finally, at some time you might have watched the Run, Hide, Fight video, perhaps during employee orientation, but if you have not seen it, I encourage you to view the video located on the Campus safety webpage to learn how to be prepared to survive a serious event. This video discusses options to consider when an emergency occurs.
It is important to understand that no single communication has the ability to reach 100 percent of the population. For this reason, as an employee you should educate yourself on the various notification methods available. As always, if you see something, say something and don’t be shy about calling for security. Together we can keep our campus safe.
For questions regarding campus safety, contact Doug Prevatt at 352-873-5800, ext. 1242.