ORONO — The 2021 fall semester is finally here and students at the University of Maine and Husson University are back on campus.
The chief of police at the University of Maine is working to make sure students are safe this fall semester.
“This is college now. This is the start of an adult life. Let’s start making smart decisions so those decisions carry on when you leave UMaine,” said Roland Lacroix.
He said a safe campus begins with harm reduction.
“What we don’t want to see is students transported to the hospital due to overconsumption of alcohol,” said Lacroix.
A junior at the University of Maine said he knows all of the college hot spots for social gatherings.
“You got all of your frats down on College Ave. I’d say that is where most of the consistent parties happen,” said Wesley Verity.
Another junior said campus security is doing its part to make sure students are safe.
“I overall feel safe on campus here, I’m only ever here during the day, it’s usually pretty busy and there are a lot of people around, I am also walking around with my group of friends so I feel safe pretty much all of the time I’m here,” said Eliot Sekera.
Chris Grotton is the vice president of safety and security at Husson University and said there are some safety tips to follow.
“Traveling in groups. Making sure friends and family know where you are, building healthy personal boundaries,” said Grotton.
Both Husson and the University of Maine offer digital apps that have more information on safety and security.