Snow College public safety officers express concern about safety on campus and encourage communication between officials and students.
The most effective way to promote safety is prevention—that was the message Police Chief Bob Wright wants to convey to students. In many cases, taking a few small preventative measures can keep devastating events from occurring.
Many Snow College students are involved in car accidents every year. Some of these accidents are fatal. “We always seem to lose at least one student each year in a car accident,” says Wright. “Seatbelts are critical,” he also stated. Wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of death in an accident by 45 percent.
Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents. “It’s not just texting, it could be playing with the radio, eating while driving, or being distracted by friends in the vehicle,” says Wright. “Anything that distracts the driver is dangerous.”
Another problem at Snow College is burglaries. In many cases, doors or windows are unlocked, making it very easy for the burglar to get in and out of the residence. “Students leave their doors unlocked and their valuables on the kitchen counter,” Wright said. Keeping doors locked and valuables out of sight will prevent most burglaries.
Assistant Police Chief Derek Walk encourages students to contact campus safety officers in any threatening or unsafe situation. The Snow College Public Safety Office provides many means of communication for students. A Facebook page titled ‘Snow College Public Safety’ was recently created to make updates and public announcements available to students. “We want people to like it so they can get updates on burglaries and other things going on on campus,” says Olivia Motzkus.
For non-emergencies, students can call 435-283-7170 or 435-283-7172 to speak to Officer Wright or Walk, or 435-835-2345 for Ephraim City Police Dispatch. For confidential help, students may call the Wellness Center at 435-283-7136. The Wellness Center will not disclose information to police unless given permission.