Ryerson will now be sending out regular security notices straight to our inboxes to keep students in the know on a range of campus safety issues. But aside from an inbox full of emails, students are questioning how effective and necessary the new initiative will be.
“I don’t bother reading these emails, they go straight to delete… even if I did keep a close eye on them, I fail to see how they’ll keep me safe. It’s not like I can whip out my email for protection if, God forbid, I get attacked by some creep,” admits fourth year psychology student, Brenna Stewart.
While Ryerson’s intent is to keep students safe, third year business student Roshan Rodrigo believes that these regular email notices will cause panic among students. “This is just going to scare everyone. No one is going to feel safe anymore. How about we prevent crime on campus so there doesn’t have to be an email sent out in the first place?”
Over the past couple of weeks Ryerson has seen a worrisome string of safety concerns. Last month the university held two emergency meetings following reports of a number of sex assaults. At least six women reported assaults on, or near, campus since the start of the school year.
Part-time Ryerson student Dina Zakout feels that more needs to be done to ensure safety on campus. “It’s a way to make students more alert, but I don’t think it’s effective. It ties into the entire ‘actions speak louder than words’ sort of thing. If someone wants to harass or attack you, a simple little note online won’t scare them.”
Dina, who takes night courses, has had some close calls on campus. “Multiple time’s I’ve have people approach me under the impression that they were a student and needed help, but they’d end up being someone off the streets either asking for money or trying to sell drugs… I’d constantly be on defense mode in case anyone was to approach me.”
What some students might not be aware of is that campus security has a list of services that students are encouraged to take advantage of for those late hours. Programs like Walk Safe and self-defense classes are meant to empower students to feel at ease while on campus and now with regular email blasts added to the list, students will know what to be on the lookout for.
While some may grumble at the thought of having an inbox full of security notices, others don’t mind too much. “I don’t see how these emails are a bad thing. We should know what’s going on at all times. Realistically, Ryerson can’t assign a security guard to each student. Something can happen at any time, and at least if we’re informed we can be on guard,” says business student Wasim Khan.
And for students who are annoyed with the idea of having regular security emails sent to their accounts, you now have the option of opting out of these notices.
“I don’t mind the emails but I have a suggestion. In next year’s welcome pack, they should add pepper spray and a safety whistle just in case ” says criminology student Eric Pacheco.