September 12, 2007

Students to receive informational packets

by Patrick Rose

CARBONDALE, Ill. – A new approach to keeping students safe is coming to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, courtesy of the Division of Student Affairs. Student Affairs staff, SIUC students and community members are collaborating on the project. Neighborhoods where many students live will have informational packets delivered door to door on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Included in the packet is information about laws and regulations regarding house parties, tips to avoid burglaries and information about neighborhood watch associations. There are also Student Affairs resources regarding the Student Health Center and Student Legal Assistance, educational materials about drinking and health issues and related safety tip brochures.

Larry H. Dietz, SIUC's vice chancellor for student affairs, is spearheading the effort to reach students where they live in off-campus areas. Safety information is being distributed to residents of campus housing too as part of the push to ensure all students are aware of potential legal and health adverse consequences for participating in risky practices.

Through its various units, SIUC Student Affairs gives students assistance and counseling with personal, health, safety and legal issues in order to enhance academic success.

For more information contact Barb Elam, Student Health Center wellness coordinator, at 618/453-4424.