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K-State Today

September 4, 2015

K-State offers numerous safety resources to the campus community

Submitted by Office of Student Life

Dear K-State Students, Faculty and Staff, 

The Office of Student Life is reminding the Kansas State University community that safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Please report any concerning behavior you may see on campus or near campus. Additionally, K-State offers a multitude of safety services designed to fit your needs.  
• Have you signed up for K-State Alerts? K-State Alerts is a K-State primary emergency notification system. It notifies you when a dangerous condition exists on campus, such as storms or winter weather, an active shooter or for a forced campus closure like the lockdown of the Manhattan campus this morning. K-State Alerts includes texts, emails, automated phone calls and other channels of communications.

• If you haven't already, please download LiveSafe, the K-State safety app, for your smartphone and encourage your friends and family to do the same. You can use the app to anonymously send text, photo and video tips to police; have friends and family monitor their walks using GPS; find campus safety procedures and resources; and more. It's free and available to all students, staff, faculty, campus visitors, parents and community members.

• Kansas State University has many emergency phone boxes — or "blue phones" — throughout the Manhattan campus. These phones connect directly to campus police to provide quick access to emergency services, allowing users to ask for directions or report a crime or accident. See a complete list of the phone locations as well as a picture of the phones.

• Wildcat Walk is a safety escort service available for whenever you feel uncomfortable walking across campus alone at night. Call 785-395-SAFE (785-395-7233) or push one of the blight light emergency buttons located throughout the Manhattan campus and a safety escort will meet you and walk you to another on-campus destination or up to two blocks off-campus. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You also can contact Wildcat Walk through the LiveSafe app. 

• SafeRide offers a free, safe ride home for K-State students and guests who live within the designated city limits of Manhattan. SafeRide can be used as an alternative to driving while intoxicated or other dangerous situations. The service is available from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, and has three available routes. At least one current K-State ID is needed to obtain a ride for up to four individuals. 

• If you see someone or something suspicious on campus, you can report it anonymously through the K-State Police Department's Silent Witness program. The online form does not ask for or require personal information from you.

• Use caution when you are approached by an unknown persons and please do not leave with anybody you do not know.  

• Above all, our outstanding officers at the K-State Police Department are available to campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can contact them at 785-532-6412police@k-state.edu or @KStatePolice.  

Stay safe, 'Cats!