In recognition of National Campus Safety Awareness Month, Pittsburg State University has planned several activities for students, faculty, and staff. The month offers an opportunity to raise awareness about the safety concerns, preventative measures, and services available to support a safe return to campus this fall.
Monday, Sept. 11 — Bike Registration
Pittsburg Police Department will have representatives on The Oval from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. to register bikes. It is a free service open to all. Bikes that are registered will be issued an official PPD tamper-evident label with an identification number correlating to PPD records, which will help officers identify lost or stolen bikes and return them to their rightful owners more quickly than bikes that aren’t registered.
Tuesday, Sept. 12 — Self-Defense Session
Jim Otter, a longtime faculty member in the School of Construction who also owns and directs Japan Karate-Do Genbu-Kai martial arts school in Downtown Pittsburg, will teach a self-defense session from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Plaster Center. This is free and open to students, faculty, and staff. Attendees will learn smart self-defense: when to run, when to respond, how to evade, how to create barriers, and what works. The emphasis will be awareness, and decision making in different situations. They also will learn what it feels like to strike something using knee strikes and elbow strikes.
Wednesday, Sept. 13 — Coffee with a Cop
The Office of University Police & Public Safety will host Coffee with a Cop at Einstein’s in the lower level of the Overman Student Center from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The casual gathering is on a come-and-go basis and is a chance for students, faculty, and staff to interact with members of university and community police agencies including the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office and Pittsburg Police Department. Those who drop by may enjoy a free coffee and bagel.
Thursday, Sept. 14 –UPD/SGA Light Walk
The Student Government Association and officers from UPD will meet at The Oval at 8 p.m. and walk the campus to identify areas that need improvement to existing lighting, possible tree trimming to increase existing lighting efficiency, and any lights that are not operating or need to be replaced.
Ongoing Training Sessions
Throughout the semester, the UPD will continue to provide in-person customized active attack training sessions to campus departments and offices and student groups. To register, contact Executive Director Stu Hite at 620-235-4624, or by email.
Active Attack Response
The UPD has created informational posters and in partnership with University Housing, they’ve been distributed for display in all residence hall rooms and common areas. The posters include illustrated instructions for how to survive a violent situation using the “Run, Hide, Fight” approach.
Advocacy and Mental Health Services
Later this month, representatives from Safehouse and the Bryant Student Health Center will present information about advocacy and mental health services available to students.
For additional information about safety services at Pitt State, visit police.pittstate.edu