safety gets top priority
Safety for students
is a team effort. RIT’s offices of Risk Management, Safety
Services and Facilities Management Services have joined forces
with design partner, Sear-Brown Associates, to address a number
|New crosswalks and bright signage make drivers more aware
One key area is security
in the residence halls. To help protect students and their personal
property, residence halls are now locked 24 hours a day, seven
days a week. Only students living in the specific residence hall
and RIT staff assigned to that hall have keys to enter. All visitors
must be “buzzed in” and must sign in at the front
RIT also has made campus
roadways safer for pedestrians and drivers. Safety Services and
Facilities Management have constructed raised crosswalks in the
pedestrian paths that cross our major roadways. The crosswalks
are marked with vivid green signs and solar-powered flashing lights
to warn motorists to use caution.
RIT, in conjunction
with the National Safety Council of Central New York, offers the
“Knowledge of Safe Defensive Driving Techniques” course
to encourage safe driving on and off campus. The university has
six certified instructors on campus teaching this six-hour course.
It is available to students, faculty and staff.
Services and Campus Safety also are working to upgrade lighting
throughout campus over the next several years. The firm of Fisher
Marantz Stone, perhaps best known for creating the “Tribute
in Light” at the World Trade Center site, has been hired
to design the project, but aesthetics aren’t the only concern.
Energy efficiency and pedestrian safety are top priorities. RIT
is working to illuminate all areas of campus appropriately.
Speaking of lights,
students have seen many more blue-lighted call boxes around campus.
Safety Services has installed a total of 67 security call boxes
around campus and boxes are required in all new facilities.
Last spring, the Student
Government Association established a Safety Committee to directly
address students’ concerns. Any registered student can bring
their safety issues to SGA, who will work directly with the Safety
Services, Risk Management and Facilities Management team on behalf
RIT’s goal is
to keep all students safe both on and off campus during the school