VIU International students

Health and Safety

One of the easiest ways to find out what’s happening on campus during an emergency or snow closure is through VIU Safety App.   Download the app, be sure to enable push notifications, and if anything is happening on campus relating to safety and health that you need to know about, you will get an automatic notification.

Campus Safe Walk Program

Safe Walk is a Campus Security program. This will provide escorted walks on the Nanaimo campus. By contacting the dispatcher via the number listed below, you will be accompanied on your walk on campus or to your car by Security. The patrollers are equipped with two-way radios, safety vests and flashlights. Practice the principle of "safety in numbers" and contact the Safe Walk Program (local 6600) for evening walks on campus.

  • 250.740.6600 external phone
  • 6600 VIU internal phone

For Emergencies (serious incidents)

  • In-Canada Fire, Police, Ambulance: 911 
  • VIU Nanaimo Campus Security: 1.250.740.6600  

Tips on Safety

  • Stay in well-lit areas. Walk midpoint between curbs and buildings, try to keep from using alleys or less traveled routes between buildings, and avoid bushes
  • Stay near people and avoid taking short cuts alone through vacant lots and other deserted places
  • Carry only necessary cards and money
  • Walk with someone else whenever possible, and set up a buddy system with your friends
  • Do not jog alone late at night, or walk through the trails alone
  • Use the Safe Walk Program to escort you to or from your vehicle (only on VIU property)
  • Do not wear a personal stereo system or play music so loudly that you are not aware of your surroundings

If you suspect that you are being followed:

  • Be suspicious. Keep looking behind you so the person knows you cannot be surprised
  • Cross the street or change direction
  • Go to a well-lit area, enter a residence or building, go to the library; anywhere there are people and telephones
  • Approach a parking attendant or student patrol and request help
  • Notice and remember as much as possible
  • Report the incident immediately to VIU Security (250.740.6600)

Protect your identity.  Do not give out your address, phone number, date of birth, credit card number or any other personal information to people or websites you don’t know. Do not post photos of your Student ID, Drivers License, certificates or anything else that can be copied.

Protect your location. Digital images have data attached so, remove  the metadata from your photos. Depending on the device used, it could have the date/time/GPS co-ordinates of where it was taken and much more information attached to it.

Protect your reputation. Be careful of what you say on-line.  If your posts/comments cause someone concern or fear, if they are hateful or derogatory, those could follow you for a long time and could form part of a crime.

Be sure you understand what is being told to you on-line. Different cultures,  backgrounds, and language barriers, may compound the issue and lead to either a misunderstanding or the commission of an offense.

Be Cautious. If it is too good to be true it usually is. If you receive an offer of free money, a “get rich quick” scheme, or are asked to send a credit card number to secure a prize, these are attempts to get detailed personal information in order to steal your identity or bank/credit card information. Keep yourself safe!

If  you find you are the victim of a crime, or have an urgent and immediate concern:

  • First - get help immediately - call 911
  • Then - call Campus Security - 250.740.6600 or local 6600
  • Support is also available through Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1.888.494.3888 (24/7)
  • Finally – Email

If you have a safety concern involving someone at VIU, please fill out the Conduct and Care Submission Form or email the Conduct and Care office at  As a VIU student, you also have access to additional supports such as Counselling and the VIU Student Health Clinic. For Emergency and After-Hours Support, please see: Counselling Emergency and After-Hours Support

Computer Security for On and Off CampusSupport from VIU"s Technology department