September is National Preparedness Month, and while it’s an opportunity to highlight preparedness once a year, Elmira College is committed to a safe campus year-round. In support of that, the College recently became an official partner with the national “If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign.

“If You See Something, Say Something®” is a national campaign through the Department of Homeland Security. The initiative encourages individuals across the nation to be the eyes and ears for safer communities. This requires the joint effort of all community members. The more observant and involved individuals are in their daily lives, the less likely crime will occur undetected. This is true in airports, in your hometowns, and on campus.

According to “If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign materials, suspicious activity is defined as “any observed behavior that could indicate terrorism or other criminal activity.” Examples may include:

  • Unusual items or situations: A vehicle in an odd location, unattended luggage/package, open door/window that’s normally closed and locked, etc.

  • Eliciting information: Questioning individuals at a level beyond mere curiosity about particular facets of a facility’s or building’s purpose, operations, security, etc.

  • Observation/surveillance: Unusual attention to facilities or buildings beyond a casual or professional interest. Extended loitering without explanation, particularly in concealed locations with optimal visibility of potential targets. Unusual, repeated, and/or prolonged observation of buildings (e.g., with a video camera or binoculars), taking notes and/or measurements, sketching floor plans.

Campus community members are encouraged to watch for these types of suspicious activity on or near campus and immediately report any suspicious activities to Campus Safety at (607) 735-1777 or

As an official partner, the College has committed to being active with campaign materials year-round, including posting signs around campus and participating in the annual #SeeSayDay on September 25. Watch for additional information, tips, and events around “If You See Something, Say Something®” in the coming months.

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