Campus safety typically gets a lot of attention at two times: 1) during the back-to-school season when new students encounter university living and being away from home for the first time, and 2) in the wake of an incident when a student has become a victim. At University Loft Company, however, we think residence life safety should always be top-of-mind for students, parents and college administrators alike. We also believe that the logical place to begin any discussion about student safety is where students spend most of their time on campus: in the residence hall, and more specifically, in the dorm room.
Dorm room safety starts with the student mindset. Sure, college kids have a knack for taking risks and getting carried away. But if each dormitory student would take a cautious approach to the new situations they encounter, and model their behavior with a “safety first” attitude, their time on campus might be virtually free from danger.
So yes, personal safety comes first, and most colleges have on-campus resources to help students learn how to live safely while at college. But safety can also extend to the students’ possessions and even their identity. For example, it certainly makes sense for students to use laptop computer security locks to keep their devices from being stolen. It only takes a moment for an on-campus thief to “grab-and-go”, not only stealing the computer, but also the student’s confidential, personal and sensitive information stored on the computer.
And of course the dorm room itself can almost always be safer. For example, dorm room door and window alarms can be relatively inexpensive (these units, for example, running under $40.00 at the time of this post being published). The first defense against intrusion, naturally, is to lock the dorm room door at all times.
Finally, consider that dorm room safety is optimized when dorm room furniture is sturdy, durable and arranged safely. At University Loft, our college dorm room furnishings are built using solid wood that has been proven stronger than Northern Red Oak. What’s more, we use state-of-the-art construction techniques for stronger joints and greater stability. Our bed posts are bigger in diameter than most competitors, too. And because our student furniture is manufactured to be modular so students can configure it to their liking, creative dorm room furniture arrangements can be made more safely.
The ULoft Blog Team
About University Loft Company and our solid wood modular residence life furniture:
Since 1984, when James Jannetides built a loft configuration for his own dorm room at Southern Illinois University, hundreds of thousands of college students have enjoyed better campus living thanks to University Loft furniture. Today, University Loft serves more than 1,200 colleges, universities and related student housing partners. As Jannetides’ says: “We are always learning, always innovating, and always improving … our environment, our products, and our service. We are University Loft Company.”