‘I Am Campus Safety’ urges WSSU students to be on alert

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem State University has more eyes looking out for suspicious people, actions or unsafe practices on campus after kicking off it's "I Am Campus Safety" Campaign.

The campaign is part of the Department of Homeland Security's national "See Something, Say Something" campaign which aims to get more people watching out for suspicious behavior or unsafe activity and to report it.

Winston-Salem State Emergency Management Director Darrell Jeter said while they do hope it helps avert a major crisis, they also hope the campaign gets students to focus on smaller, daily activities that can be unsafe.

"It's not just the major event that might be news worthy on a particular day, but something as simple as crossing a major road that separates our university, making sure to be aware to our surroundings," said Jeter.

WSSU has a video that showcases scenarios of everything from a student spotting dangerous weather patterns, to students allowing someone without proper identification into a building, to something reporting suspicious gatherings on campus.

Students are being shown the video so they know to use what officials call, "an abundance of caution."

Student Jazmine Brown said she likes the idea which also promotes using the campus emergency alert system for email and mobile phones called "Ramalert."

"Campus police can't be everywhere, so there are multiple things that could be done to decrease things that happen on campus," said Brown.

The "See Something, Say Something" phrase was originally used by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority after the terrorist attacks on 9-11.

To watch the university video or see more about the campaign at WSSU, check out http://www.wssu.edu//about/featured-stories/student-success.aspx.