Members of the University of Central Arkansas’ Recognized Student Organization, 80 Proof, will host a carnival on the school’s campus from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday to kick off a month of events planned in observance of National Campus Safety Awareness Month
The September observance will mark the fourth year of the campus’ recognition of safety awareness month, with a week each dedicated to the causes of drug and alcohol awareness, sexual assault awareness, theft prevention and personal safety and hazing awareness.
At the carnival, RSO will coordinate games including putt-putt golf, ping-pong and bowling for students to engage in while wearing vision impairment goggles.
Other events slated throughout September include cell phone alert system tests, active shooter information, programming on sexual assault and other informational documentaries, a self-defense class, a hazing awareness walk and pedestrian safety efforts.
“UCA is a safe campus and it is important that we continue to raise awareness on relevant issues to keep it that way,” said Arch Jones Jr., director of organizational and community services for the UCA Police Department. “National Campus Safety Awareness Month is a perfect opportunity as we start the new academic year to focus on safety and making good decisions.”
“It takes all of us working together to keep UCA a safe campus, and I would like to encourage all of our students, faculty and staff to participate in as much of the programming and events as possible,” said UCA Police Chief Larry James. “These are issues that no one likes to talk or think about, but through awareness, we want the UCA community to be mindful, not fearful.”
For more information on the school’s safety programs, visit www.ucapd.com.