On Friday, Oct. 29, all students will find alert whistles in their mailboxes. At 7:30 in the evening all students are invited to The Great Whistle Blowout — the only time anyone will be able to blow his or her whistle on campus without jeopardizing campus safety. Come hear what the whistles sound, like along with the sound of 1,500 other whistles.
Whistle blowing will be conducted at William Smith Circle, Odell’s, JPR Courtyard, and the Quad at 7:30 p.m. on Friday when the bells of the chapel ring. Whistle blowing will last for three minutes.
Come make some noise!
The Colleges are distributing alert whistles as part of our safety programming. The whistles are part of a nonviolent approach to deter crime and promote safety on campus. All students, staff, and faculty will receive a whistle that can be used to alert others that they need assistance or attention. The whistles can scare away attackers and alert others that a victim needs assistance. The whistles can also signal that a person has been injured and needs help. If you hear a whistle, please call security at 781-3333 or ext. 3333 on campus.
The whistles can be easily attached to key chains or lanyards, and everyone is encouraged to carry it and have it readily accessible at all times. The whistle is currently being used at many colleges, including Bates, Colby and Skidmore, and those institutions report that the campus community responded positively and appropriately.
The alert whistle can be and will be effective only if we use them for safety and security purposes. Please take note that the inappropriate use of the whistle will result in judicial disciplinary action as well as a $500 fine.