By Marisa A. Grey, Communications and Marketing Intern
The Norfolk State University Division of Student Affairs and the NSU Police Department hosted an awareness campaign for students February 27 through March 3 ahead of the spring break vacation period. The Spring Break Safety Tune-Up initiative included programming and workshops geared for students both on and off campus.
Some of the signature programs included a Student Government Association-led event that focused on the harmful effects of drug abuse, in addition to a safety fair in the Student Center, where the police provided participants with tutorials on how to utilize LiveSafe, a campus safety app that allows the university community to report crimes to authorities.
NSU Police Chief Troy Covington, showed the students the importance of the app by demonstrating its use in quickly looking up campus safety procedures and other information. “We always try to hold safety-related events prior to spring break because we want to provide students with the right information about high-risk behaviors,” Covington said. “We want our students to be informed so they can make good decisions.”
Tracci Johnson, dean of students at NSU, said university officials want students to have an enjoyable spring break, they also want them to be safe and use good judgement. “We’re providing students with the information and tools necessary to make good decisions.”
Student Affairs also plans to host another safety campaign before the annual Beach Week at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in April.