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Spring Break 2024 Safety Recommendations

Katherine L. Sermersheim, Ph.D. Senior Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Students 

March 6, 2024

Dear Boilermaker,

Spring break is right around the corner. As a Purdue University student (undergraduate, graduate and/or professional) we know that you have been focused on classes, midterm exams/projects, research, writing, studying, and learning and are ready for a much-needed break. Hopefully Spring Break will give you some time to decompress, relax, and recharge.

Your health and safety remain paramount, both while you are here on campus as well as within the communities you may travel to and from over the break. I write today to provide guidance, recommendations, and reminders of best practices to safeguard you. Always be mindful of how your actions could potentially impact you legally and with the University and take a few moments to think about your safety ahead of time. No area, including the Purdue community, is immune to random acts of crime and violence. We must continue to exercise due diligence in our safety efforts by taking precautions for ourselves and our fellow Boilermakers. A few safety tips to remember:  

  • If traveling, share your itinerary with someone in advance.
  • If you choose to drink, do so responsibly. Stay within your limits. Do not accept drinks from random individuals. Look out for your friends.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep your stomach full. Wear Sunscreen.
  • Travel in groups. Always have a buddy. Trust your instincts. Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Ensure your accommodation is secure. Do not share door access codes with others. Lock doors and windows, and protect valuables in the hotel safe, if applicable.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and your ID on you. Keep a list of emergency contacts.
  • If you’ll be near water, practice water safety. Obey posted rules. Swim with a buddy.
  • When using rideshare services, confirm the vehicle is yours and the driver’s identity prior to entering.
  • Trust your instincts. If you see something say something.
  • Make the Call! Call 9-1-1 if you need police, fire, or emergency medical services.

Remember your safety is a top priority. Enjoy your break responsibly, make smart choices, and return to campus refreshed and ready for the remainder of the semester.

Boiler Up! Hammer Down! Hail Purdue and each of you!

Dean Katie

Katherine L. Sermersheim, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Vice Provost & Dean of Students

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