Howard University Welcomes Freshmen to Bison Week Safety Fair

Howard University is putting campus safety first with this year’s Bison Week Safety Fair, an event to welcome freshmen and provide tools to keep students safe, both on and off campus.

Howard University is putting campus safety first with this year’s Bison Week Safety Fair, an event to welcome freshmen and provide tools to keep students safe, both on and off campus.

Students learned about drinking limits, self-defense, and active shooter response, among other topics. Campus officials have also promoted text alerts, which they want students to sign up for.



Event organizers encouraged students to review the ridesharing app’s security features before requesting service. They said students should ask for the driver’s name, refer to the make and model of the vehicle, and let others know their whereabouts when using ride-sharing services.

The university also offers free keychain smart devices called POMs, which allow students to access necessary security features on campus.

Marcus Lyles, the university’s executive director of public safety and police chief, said he hopes university students will see that Howard takes safety seriously.

“It’s important to show our university community that security is more than law enforcement, but a village of compassion with one goal,” Lyles said. “We serve an element of the Howard experience which, like teaching, learning and training, contributes to the betterment of the community and the world around us.”

Ariel C. Triplett, director of emergency management, said she wants students to be well informed about Howard University’s safety initiatives.

“We want to make sure they have other tools to feel safe as they move around campus and around the city,” Triplett said. “We want our students to know the people and the passion behind our goal of prevention and preparedness. Howard’s student culture is based on encouragement, support and trust; and events like this security fair amplify the fact that we genuinely care about their long-term well-being and success.

Local organizations, including Howard University Hospital and the United States Capitol Police, also participated in the event.

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