Campus and Online safety.
Campus safety is a priority for the university. The campus is a gated community with one way in and one way out. The Campus Safety department provides and maintains a safe and friendly environment through the protection of life, property, and constitutional human rights.
Some important telephone numbers that you should program in your cell phone include:
- 911 – In the event of an actual emergency
- 305-626-3772 – Hot Line to report information anonymously
- 305-626-3771 – Campus Safety
- 305-626-3713 – Director’s Office
- 305-595-6263 – Metro-Dade Police – Non-emergency complaint
- 305-626-7950 – Miami Gardens Station
Here are some other topics you should speak to your student about:
- Accountability – If your student has a roommate or group of friends, they should communicate with one another to know their patterns and whereabouts, especially if your student decides to do activities off campus.
- Dating – This is a sensitive topic, even when your student was in high school, however, everyone must be careful with who they choose to be involved with. Another layer to this is being cautious with sensitive information online. Your student should also think about who they are meeting up with off campus.
- Ride sharing – Taking an Uber or Lyft is a convenient way to get around. However, there are individuals who pose as ride share companies. Teach them to be aware of the driver, take note of the license plate, etc.
- Speaking up – Sometimes students get involved in a variety of situations that could be dangerous. Topics you wouldn’t expect include alcohol and substance abuse, aggravated assault, sexual assault, theft, domestic or dating violence, stalking, to name a few.
For more information, visit the Campus Safety page of the Florida Memorial University website.
Conduct & Conflict Resolution
Florida Memorial University takes pride in the responsibility and accountability of its students and the safe social and educational environment of its campus. Students are always held responsible for their conduct. Students who engage in academic or social misconduct will be subject to action being taken depending on the level of offense.
As a college student, your student should be developing interpersonal skills that can be used as their life as a young adult transitioning into adulthood. No longer are there warnings or detentions, but serious consequences such as being expelled or having to be reported to local authorities. We want to prevent these things from happening. Conflict resolution is one of these major skills. There are so many interpersonal skills to develop such as decision-making, coping with pressure, de-escalating intense situations, listening, collaboration, giving and receiving feedback, empathy, and patience.
Students who are looking to solve their conflicts with an unbiased mediator can make an appointment with University Counseling and Support Services. Students can also receive support services for their own questions or concerns whether it be the adjustment to college, anxiety, substance abuse, empowerment, grief and bereavement, trauma and more.
For students living in the dorms, their questions and concerns should be escalated to the Resident Coordinators and Resident Assistants.
For more information, please review the Code of Conduct page of the Florida Memorial University website.
Social media is bigger than ever and has the capacity to connect people worldwide in a matter of seconds. It can be fun and interactive, but students must think before posting. Students believe that even if they delete a posting that it’s gone, but nothing ever leaves the internet. Especially now that everyone can screenshot or record a screen, you never quite know where images and videos can end up!
Talk with your student about redefining their profile. Students tend to want to be perceived as socially acceptable, which is not a bad thing, but everything doesn’t have to be recorded. University students are entering young adulthood, which means they are expected to demonstrate responsibility and accountability, and certain mistakes become a little less forgivable. Furthermore, having a private page does not guarantee that it can never be seen because companies utilize services which provide them with full viewing permission of a social media account. Imagine your student getting denied access to a paid internship because of a social media post that was offensive or perceived negatively. At FMU, we strive to be positively contributing members of society and to be perceived as such.