Residence Hall and IT Security

Residence Hall Community Safety

Although we believe that the residence halls are a safe, secure place to live, we recognize that security problems are inherent in large concentrated populations. In other words, we do our best to make sure your living environment is safe and secure, but occasionally even that is not enough.

You can play it safe by:

  • Making sure your room is secure by locking windows and doors;
  • Marking your valuables with engraving pens, available through Campus Police;
  • Never leaving your door unlocked. In the time it takes you to get a can of soda, your stereo can be stolen;
  • Avoiding dark or poorly lighted streets when you travel at night. When you can, travel in pairs;
  • Report suspicious activities to your RA, Main Desk, or the Campus Police (26931 or 911)
  • When you must walk somewhere on campus at night, walk with someone and let someone else know where you are going and what time you will be back

If there is a residence hall, campus, or community emergency declared, immediately follow the directions of College staff, law enforcement, or other federal, state and local officials.

What PSC Offers

We understand that security is a big concern for all families when making a choice to attend a college. In response to that, Potomac State College has taken several steps to help make campus more secure. Below you will find numerous ways we have begun to help make our campus a safer place.

  • 24-hour a day Campus Police force (four full-time police officers, not security)
  • 2 night monitors who rove the halls between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.
  • RA staff at the front desk
  • All guests are signed into the buildings between 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. nightly by our RAs
  • 4 full-time residence hall coordinators (professionals that live in the halls)

Many proactive approaches to help students understand safety (Operation ID, random door checks, self defense programs, etc.)

 

Web Security

One of the major concerns, nationally, and here at Potomac State, is how college students use technology, more specifically, how they use web blogs and instant messengers (IM's). Blogs are sites on the internet that can specialize in various subjects and IM's are communication tools that allow users to communicate with one another. Some of the more common blogs used by students are Facebook, Myspace, and Xanga.

The concern with these sites is that students post personal information and pictures which show students involved in various activities, sometimes inappropriate or illegal activities. WVU and PSC students can join Facebook with their College e-mail address. Some blogs require that you have a college e-mail address to access them.

 

Potomac State encourages students not to place inappropriate material on the web. Sometimes, we find that students choose to post inappropriate material on a blog that may damage their reputation or embarrass them. It is no secret that employers are searching the web and checking backgrounds on prospective employees.

 

In addition to hurting their chances for obtaining the job that they have always wanted, colleges around the country have seen students become targets of identity theft and on-line predators.

 

For more information on web security and West Virginia University Office of Information Technology:

 

http://www.resnet.wvu.edu/