Safety is a priority for law enforcement and students at Indiana State University | New

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Students are back on campus at Indiana State University. While they are excited to resume some of their favorite activities on campus, they want to make sure they are safe.

Abigail Jameson is a freshman on campus. As this is her first year as a Sycamore, she has a lot to look forward to.

“I’m just spreading my wings, learning and improving for my future career,” she said.

She won’t let anything stop her from achieving her goal.

“I wear pepper spray,” Jameson said. “I have a knife in my car. I’m constantly on the lookout and if I don’t feel safe with someone, I walk away from them.”

Campus police hope every student is just as aware of their safety as Jameson.

Michele Barrett is Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police at Indiana State University. She said security awareness is often a new concept for students.

“18-year-olds often leave home,” she said. “They weren’t in charge of security in their home, so we like to talk to them basically about the security that they are now responsible for.”

This includes tracking valuables, locking bikes and dorms, and being aware of their surroundings.

Renewed concern over school shootings will require students to be even more aware of their surroundings. Barrett said the campus has security protocols, text alerts and sirens for emergencies and others. She encourages students to take their safety into their own hands.

“Just when you go into these [campus] buildings,” Barrett said. “Take a look at the exits. Know your exit zones. Have your cell phone on you. Just have a plan in your mind before.”

Barrett also said campus escorts are available to all students and encouraged students to use the blue lights on campus if they feel unsafe.

It’s actions like these that give students like Jameson peace of mind. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have a little extra protection.

“I have my cat here on campus,” Jameson said. “So if someone breaks into my room, they’ll get a surprise.”

Text alerts are available for students and their tutors. To register click here.