Category Archives: Safety

How to handle cold weather, harsh road conditions

By Sean Kranske, Contributing Writer
 
Late in the spring semester, West Liberty students are blessed with some of the greatest weather of the year. The trips across the quad to all of the on-campus classes and events feels like a short walk. However, during the earliest parts of the spring semester, these walks can feel more like miserable journeys. To properly prepare for the often harsh January and February weather on the hilltop, there are certain precautions that students can take to make the cold less inconvenient.

Kate Billings adds Title IX Coordinator to her resume

By Ana Berbel, Distribution Manager
 
As of Jan. 2, Campus Activities Coordinator Kate Billings overtook the position of Title IX Coordinator.  
 
“Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex and gender in education programs, including athletic programs or activities that receive federal funding,” Billings explained. “Under Title IX, schools must ensure that all students have equal access to education, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.”

University procedures allow for consistent discipline 

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
 
Recently, West Liberty University has been in the public eye about serious incidents, such as allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence, concerning past and current WLU students. Questions have been raised on how WLU treats these incidents, and the steps that are taken after they occur. 

Title IX offenses are being taken seriously

By Emily Salvatori, Assistant Editor
 
Domestic violence and sexual violence are major issues that affect multiple people and deserve awareness, because it is completely unacceptable. It can happen to anyone, not just women, and there is no shame in seeking help. There are resources and help available on campus for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.

West Liberty prides itself on campus safety

By Josh Smith, Contributing Writer 

Many factors go into choosing a university: finding the right degree program, unique extracurricular activities, different clubs and organizations and an overall fun atmosphere play a huge part in finding a school to spend the next four years of your life. The one aspect that is beginning to play a bigger role in the selection process is campus safety.

Distracted walking is dangerous and annoying

By Emily Salvatori, Assistant Editor

Texting while walking can seem harmless, especially compared to the more dangerous texting and driving. However, texting and walking can be more dangerous than it seems.

Campus community recognizes ‘SAAM’ with several events

By Jalyn Bolyard, Online Editor
 
Throughout the month of April, WLU partnered with various groups to host multiple events to raise awareness for sexual assault. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), but the awareness does not have to stop after the month is over.

Students should keep an open mind for Spring Fling 

By Zarek Wiley, Contributing Writer
 
As we approach the end of the school year, there are still many things to do before this year is in the books from Greek Week and Spring Fling to papers, finals and so much more. For those who have not yet heard, Spring Fling is scheduled to be held in the Union this year. No matter how you may feel about this decision, it is important to keep an open mind and give it a fair chance before rushing to judgement.

West Liberty embraces diversity, safe zone training 

By Maria Kimble, Contributing Writer
 
The West Liberty University community had the opportunity to learn about diversity through Safe Zone Training in late February. WLU Highlands Campus Manager Sara Sweeney organized training sessions to create a campus community that ensures everyone is treated with respect. WLU staff and students learned about the LGBTQ+ community and how to be supportive. 

Students should seek depression help at WLU when needed

By Emily Salvatori, Contributing Writer
 
Although depression has become synonymous with simply being sad, depression is a serious illness. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that depression is “one of the leading causes of disease or injury worldwide for both men and women.” Depression doesn’t just affect one age group, gender, or personality type. Mental illness is an illness, and if you have symptoms of depression, you should seek help, and if you know someone with depression, you should encourage them to seek help.