Nichole Hannahs

Campus Safety Week

by Nichole Hannahs on April 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

The campuses of Ohio University Zanesville and Zane State kick off campus safety week.

The event is a way for students, employees and visitors to come in and learn things that can help them be not only safer, but healthier individuals.

Each day is dedicated to a different section of safety. Monday, was law enforcement. Members of the the State Highway Patrol, Zanesville Police and Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office spoke to students.

"I want them to be comfortable talking with our officers and seeing people in uniform sometimes is intimidating," said Director of Safety and Security Bethany Hayes. "If they see us in an interactive atmosphere talking with the students, employees in a very relaxed environment they are going to be more likely to say hey this is what I’m dealing with, what can you do and we can talk about options after that."

As part of the week they’ll also take a look at health and fitness. It will feature interactive presentations that include fitness assessments, Zumba and a new class called Pound.

"I wanted to try and adapt to our population that we have here and provide as much as we could and health and fitness seemed to work out really well," said Hayes. "We have the YMCA here. We have the MRC which they’re building right now."

Other activities include ALICE training, vehicle inspections and presentations on fire safety.