On my first day back at school, my husband dropped me off at the walkway leading to the Beatrice McDonald Hall by West Campus Drive.
It looked more like a mirror. Students waved their arms wildly in the air while trying to keep balance. Some slid. Others com- plained loudly about the icy pathways. I took two steps and started break dancing before I slid and slammed my arm into the ice, catching my fall.
I spent the evening in the Providence emergency room, getting x-rays and prescriptions for pain. Fortunately it was a muscle injury and I have no broken bones. Still, it was enough to keep my arm in a sling and my butt out of class.
As a reporter, I knew I had to go to the UAA Risk Services Office to report the incident. I knew that if this happened during the day, I could have gone to the Student Health and Counseling Center.
Students who take six or more credits automatically pay a fee and have access to this service. And the medication they provide is sold at the same amount it costs the center to buy it. They do not make a profit from the prescriptions.
I know my resources.
But does the average student know these things?
During my appointment with a claims manager in the Risk Services Office, I found out that students have not reported concerns or incidents about that particular walkway, even though it has heavy traffic.
Yet, in the three years I’ve been here, I’ve had many friends complain about that particular icy walkway and others, as well. Some have even slipped and fallen before.
Incident reports can be printed out at http://www.alaska.edu/risksafety/g_forms-library/IncidentRpt.pdf. Fill it out within the first 48 hours of the incident and turn it in to the UAA Risk Services office at 1815 Bragaw St. The office phone number is 907-786-1140.
It felt good to have my concerns heard versus merely complaining about it to my friends.
The risk manager took the time to listen to every detail.
She also gave me a free pair of “Spikies,” a slip-on foot traction device available for free to UAA employees.
I’m still not sure what the end result will be in regard to this inci- dent. But the main point is that I took the time to report it.
If you experience the same type of slippery ordeal, don’t just brush it off and move on.
Use your voice and speak up. There is always someone on cam- pus ready to listen.