Security Open Forum

Courtesy of Drue Sokol, Campus Times

During the Joint Committee on Security Open Forum, held Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6:30 – 7:30PM in Hoyt Auditorium, two main topics were discussed: the new Students’ Association Safe Ride Home program and general security concerns around campus.

While the new Safe Ride Home program is still in the works, the plan is for SA vans to provide rides to students between the hours of 1AM to 4 or 4:30AM daily. The service will most likely pick students up from three possible locations on campus (most likely ITS Center, Carlson Science & Engineering Library and Todd Union), and then the service will drop students off at determined locations of Southside, Hill Court and Riverview. Students will call security from one of the three locations on campus and request the Safe Ride Home service. Assistant Director of Security Dana Perrin noted that Security is in the process of hiring student drivers for the van.

Courtesy of Drue Sokol, Campus Times

Security opened the floor to those in attendance to discuss general security issues and concerns. The body proceeded to ask about reported car break-ins, appropriate reasons to call security and off-campus housing concerns. Security noticed many car break-ins in Riverview lot, and the people responsible have been arrested. They also would like students to know that suspicious behavior, of any kind, should be reported. Even if they cannot do anything about it right then, multiple reports allow them to track the issues students are calling in.

Although the police handle any issues off campus, they frequently communicate with UR Security. Security cannot respond to incidents on campus if the officers are busy responding to off-campus calls.

If you were unable to attend, you can read the minutes here.
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