Personal Safety

           Campus Security offers a number of services to help educate students, faculty, and staff as well as keep the community as safe as possible. These services include:
Blue Light Emergency Phones, escorts, safety and security presentationsKirkwood Alert and the Threat Assessment Team.

General Safety Tips:
  • Keep your doors locked even when you are at home.
  • If someone knocks at your door or rings your doorbell, do not open the door until you have identified who is there. Never feel pressured to open your door to anyone you don't know.
  • Leave both an outside and an inside light on if you will be away from your room or apartment after dark.
  • Avoid using headphones or looking at your phone if you are walking by yourself.  Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • If meeting with someone you do not already know, meet in a public place such as a coffee shop or the library.

Scams

           While at Kirkwood Community College, we hope that you will never be contacted by someone who is trying to scam you or, in other words, cheat you out of your money, valuables or personal information.  To be better prepared, here is some information about the most common scams targeting international students:

Phone Calls

            Caller may identify him/herself as someone in a high position such as a government official, police officer or USCIS.  They may have personal information about you gathered from social media which makes them sound convincing.  Oftentimes, the scammer will try to get you to pay money immediately or face deportation, university dismissal or dropped classes.  Remember:  law enforcement or the government will never call to demand immediate payment or ask for debit or credit card information over the phone.
What should you do?
            Hang up the phone immediately!  The scammer will likely try to keep you on the phone.  Report the scam to the International Programs office, 319-398-5293.

Email Scams

            Email scams may come from someone claiming to be in a high position and asking for personal information after clicking on a link.  They also may include links which direct you to log into a site and enter a password or other personal information.  Use caution with emails from unrecognized email addresses and always ask the International Programs office if you are unsure.

Employment Scams

            Remember that as an international student your work options are limited and if someone offers you a job that sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Scammers may search LinkedIn or other sites to find your interests then offer you a job or ask to meet in person.  This is not a typical way for U.S. employers to offer jobs and you should be cautious if this happens to you. 
            Another employment scam that targets international students is a fake business that offers to help you get a green card or employment authorization card if you pay a fee.  Do not trust these scammers and do not pay them any money.
 

Additional links about scams

USCIS article: Common Scams and How To Avoid Them
Federal Trade Commission:  Avoiding Scams: Information For Recent Refugees and Immigrants