Welcome Back

Jeffrey Daberko and Mark Chavis

The Case Western Reserve University Police Department would like to welcome back all our returning students and faculty. While the summer abundance of parking spaces and short lines at Starbucks are always nice perks for the students and staff who remain, we’re glad you’re back. So let’s get started—as they say, “This is Sparta!” Or at least a midwestern university with a Spartan mascot—almost the same thing, right?

The start of the academic year is a busy time for everyone, especially for our freshmen students. The first six weeks of college are sometimes called the Red Zone, as university students experience higher levels of crime and other issues during this period. Here are some tips to help you settle in.

CWRU PD is a resource for you to try and make your time here as safe as possible, so call us when you need us. Have our 24/7 dispatch number, 216-368-3333, programmed into your phone, and download the CWRU Shield safety app on your iPhone or Android device.

Call us if you need help or if you see suspicious activity or dangerous conditions on campus. There are thousands of students here, and we could use your help. You are now part of the larger CWRU community, so let’s look out for each other and the university. If you see something, say something.

Many issues at the start of the year involved alcohol. Remember that hard liquors like rum are not meant to be drunk like milkshakes, and you will pay for it if you do.

If you are turning to alcohol because you miss home, you’re stressed out or you flunked your first quiz, there is also a counseling center here where you can find someone to talk to. University Counseling Services can be reached at 216-368-5872. They are a resource that is here to support you, so use them if you need them.

When moving around the University Circle area late at night, use the shuttle bus system, the Safe Ride vans or walk with friends.

On the Beat is a weekly safety column written by Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko & Officer Mark (The Crossing Guard) Chavis of CWRU PD. We welcome questions, suggestions and gripes/groans/moans/complaints about campus life at policecolumn@case.edu.