WIU offers Safe Walk, bus options for student safety


MACOMB, Illinois — Requesting a Safe Walk or using the Go West bus system helps maintain safety.

Students and faculty might not know that there can be incidents regarding robbery and battery on campus every week, according to the Weekly Clery Reports. Last week there were seven disturbances, including driving without a license, driving under the influence, assault and theft.

There are multiple ways to get to your residence hall or apartment safely.

The Office of Public Safety offers a Safe Walk when it’s dark outside, from 6 to 2 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

A safe walk is when a student calls OPS because they don’t want to walk alone and want to be safe. A student OPS worker will walk with them from anywhere on campus. 

While the officers are not walking with a student, they patrol the campus to guarantee safety, especially the areas with low light.

Outside the normal hours, OPS can also drive or walk with students.

Another way to travel safely on and off-campus is to use the Go West bus system. There is a bus stop on every major street in Macomb, and buses run until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends.

To request a Safe Walk, call OPS at 309-298-1949, and to know when the next bus is coming, download the Go West App in the App Store on iOS or in the Google Play Store on Android.

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