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A Colby shuttle bus, driven by students, provides rides to and from shopping areas in Waterville. The service is free for members of the Colby community.
At any time of the day or night, a student may request a security officer escort to ensure safe transit about campus. This service is always provided when requested. Student safety is an officer’s first concern.
The Colby Check property identification program helps prevent thefts and vandalism of student-owned property.
The College does not assume responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to personal property belonging to students, whether stored or in a student’s room. All items are brought and kept on campus at the student’s risk. Families and students should examine insurance policies and determine whether the limits are sufficient to cover the student’s belongings while the student is away from home. If current insurance is not sufficient, the family or student should increase coverage and/or add the appropriate riders. Students should avoid keeping valuable items in the residence halls and storage areas.
All students should lock their doors before leaving their rooms and should carry room keys, even if planning to be away for only a short time.
Unfortunately, theft does occur. All students should be aware of strangers in the halls and report them to a head resident or to the security office. Students also should remember that valuables including iPods, cell phones, PDAs, etc., should not be left in unattended backpacks.
Students apprehended either by the local police or by the Department of Security are subject to prosecution in district court as well as at Colby, if circumstances so warrant. Shoplifters apprehended in the Colby Bookstore may also be prosecuted and will face disciplinary action.
Colby maintains a siren and public address loudspeaker atop Mayflower Hill. If the siren sounds, students should seek a secure location and await instructions. Initial instructions may be broadcast over the public address loudspeaker. Follow-up instructions will be posted on Colby's home page, sent via e-mail, and/or delivered by law enforcement officers and other emergency responders.
Colby subscribes to a telephone messaging service, Connect-Ed, that allows students and employees to receive emergency information and instructions on cell phones or landlines. Students are required to register with the Connect-Ed system at www.colby.edu/connect-ed.
Notices are posted on campus bulletin boards when a serious incident has occurred on or near campus. Advisories also give tips on how to protect oneself and one’s belongings.
Emergency call boxes are located throughout the Colby campus and can be identified by the blue lights at the top of each post on which there is an emergency call box. A security officer is dispatched to respond to the call location. Significant fines will be imposed for falsely activating a call box.
During orientation, every student new to Colby receives an emergency whistle and is advised to carry it at all times. These whistles are to be used only in a crisis (e.g., assault, medical injury) situation. Lost whistles may be replaced through a request to the Office of Campus Life.
Upon hearing a whistle, any student, faculty, or staff member should immediately go toward the sound, unless it is unsafe to do so, to render assistance. Assistance may be defined as immediately contacting the Department of Security by activating the nearest blue-light call box or by phoning that department at ext. 5530.