Safety at Simmons: Resources and Tips

October 22, 2014

Outside of the Public Safety office

We have a variety of resources available to our students. We want to make sure you know about them! Today we're chatting with Lieutenant Randy Cipoletta from the Simmons College Police Department.

What kind of services does Public Safety provide?

We offer a variety of safety resources for students. Including:
Safety escorts: Safety escorts are available in the event a student, faculty, or staff member does not feel safe. Simmons Public Safety provides walking escorts to Simmons College community members to/from any Simmons College location.
Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) training: The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.
Safety planning: Public Safety can sit with a student, faculty or staff member and develop an individualized safety plan based upon the persons' circumstances.
Security surveys: We identify areas of vulnerability, and make recommendations for safety improvement in the following areas:
  • Emergency Planning and Preparedness
  • Loss Prevention
  • Physical Security
  • Protection of Sensitive Information
  • Security Equipment
  • Security Management
Assault resources: You may file a formal complaint with Public Safety. A specially trained officer(s) will conduct an investigation. Public Safety also works with the Boston Police Department and may utilize their expert services. Our immediate concern is that of your physical and emotional needs. Depending on the situation we may recommend that you get medical care or speak to a counselor.
Lost and found for the college: Public Safety maintains the lost and found for the college. Items turned into Public Safety are logged and secured for safe keeping. Every effort is made to identify the owner of the property and to contact that person to retrieve their lost items.

What are your top 5 safety tips for students?

  • Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while walking or jogging. Stay Alert.
  • While on public transportation sit near the driver.
  • If you sense someone is following you, walk toward a populated area. Do not walk directly home.
  • Never walk alone at night. Walking alone in the dark (especially off campus), is a risk. Whenever possible abide by the buddy system so that, should something happen, you are not alone.
  • Never stay at a party when your friend leaves. You don't need to call it an early night just because one of your friends does. But, what you should do is ensure you always have a minimum of one person with you that you know (and know you can trust). Being alone in a party setting isn't smart - go home if you're going to be alone. It's not worth the risk to stay - no matter how nice everyone there seems.

When should students call the emergency Public Safety number? When should they call the non-emergency number?

Emergency number: Imminent fear, danger, medical emergency, suspicious person in the building, any threatening situation and whenever there is a crime in progress.
Non-emergency number: General questions, parking issues, door unlocking, etc.

Are there self defense classes students can take? When do those happen?

R.A.D. at Simmons: Courses are available to all female students, faculty, and staff. R.A.D. is easy to learn, easy to retain, and easy to employ during confrontational situations. The course consists of approximately 12 hours of awareness, prevention, risk-reduction strategies, and physical self-defense. All of this culminates in the final session where students participate in a realistic simulation exercise and are able to practice what they learned.

To learn more about R.A.D., please call 617-521-2248 or email Public Safety. Classes are offered every semester.