Safety and Security

Safety is a shared responsibility, and in residence we go to great lengths to provide a safe environment. Every residence has a front desk that’s only a call away, residence staff members living on every floor, and guest registration staff are working on the weekends. Someone is always available to help! Western is your new home, and you should feel safe and secure at home.

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF. TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. TAKE CARE OF THIS PLACE.

In Residence, we continuously promote and encourage a culture of looking out for one another on campus. All members of the Western community have the right to study, learn, work and research in an environment free of sexual violence. Through training programs, educational videos, and awareness weeks, we make it a priority to equip our students and staff with skills to intervene in any situation that may negatively impact the Western community.

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CAMPUS SAFETY & EMERGENCY SERVICE (CSES)

Western Special Constables are responsible for law enforcement, and provide emergency and routine response on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Western Special Constables support many community services and programs to help meet the safety needs of Western’s diverse community, including personal safety and responsible drinking presentations, theft prevention tips, bicycle registration, security audits, and safety-related print materials.

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EMERGENCY BLUE PHONES AND DIRECT-LINK PAY PHONES

Located throughout campus, emergency blue phones and Bell Canada pay phones provide fast, free and direct communication to Campus Safety & Emergency Service. In the event of a need for immediate assistance, simply press the ‘emergency’ button.

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STUDENT EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (SERT)

SERT is a student-run volunteer organization affiliated with Western Student Health Services. SERT members respond to all medical emergencies on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Recognized by the Ministry of Health as the first responder for Western, SERT is dispatched directly through Campus Safety & Emergency Service by calling 911 from any campus phone or residence front desk. The SERT service is completely free to use.

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WESTERN FOOT PATROL

Foot Patrol is a free service that provides walk-safe escorts, deters crime through patrols, and promotes safety awareness. Students can request a safe escort on the Main Campus and Affiliated University College campuses any day of the week, free from any campus pay phone. The program welcomes volunteers and accepts applications from students, staff, and faculty.

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