Campus Safety Fair to Feature Workplace Bullying Seminar on Sept. 20

CANTON — You’re in your office. The fire alarm sounds. “It’s probably just a drill,” you think to yourself, continuing to write the last sentences of an email. Perhaps you’re a student, sitting in your residence hall room, hurriedly finishing an assignment moments before class begins. After about a minute of completing your task, you reluctantly stand up, walk out of the office or room, go down the stairs and finally make your way outside to join the others.

Sound familiar? That’s why St. Lawrence University will hold an all-day Campus Safety Fair on Friday, Sept. 20, as an educational opportunity and reminder of the significance of emergency and emergency-drill situations.

The Campus Safety Fair will open at 10 a.m. with information tables located in the Sullivan Student Center atrium. Several community partners will also be in attendance, including the Canton fire and police departments, Renewal House, the Office of Fire Prevention and Control, and Stop DWI Program.

In addition to the information tables, there will be two controlled-burn demonstrations, one simulating an office and one simulating a residential room.

“We want to demonstrate with these room burns just how quickly fires can spread,” said Patrick W. Gagnon, director of Campus Safety and Security. “When there are safety violations in offices or dorm rooms, it actually puts everyone in jeopardy.”

As part of this year’s safety fair, St. Lawrence’s Human Resources will host a public seminar on workplace bullying, which will be lead by Syracuse-based lawyer Larry Malfitano. The seminar will highlight the difference between daily exchange of differing opinions and bullying. It will define workplace bullying from a legal perspective and discuss the legal obligations to create and maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

The workplace bullying seminar will take place at noon, Friday, Sept. 20 in the Sullivan Campus Center’s Hannon Room. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Other scheduled events include:

  • {TIMECHANGE} 8 a.m. NY Alert message test, announcing the Campus Safety Fair
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Smoke-filled room demonstration (Sullivan Student Center)
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Workplace Bullying (Sullivan Campus Center, Hannon Room)
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m.: Beer goggles/texting on golf carts (Small Quad near Sullivan Student Center)
  • 3-4 p.m.: Office room burn demonstration (Millennium Way)
  • 5-6 p.m.: Residential room burn demonstration (Millennium Way)

For more information on campus safety, contact Safety and Security at 315-229-5555.