A security committee is responding to safety issues raised by students with updates and improvements around campus.
At the beginning of the school year, this committee walked the entire campus and made a list of necessary improvements. Burned-out light bulbs were replaced in exterior light fixtures and new security lights were installed along the north side of Saint Mary’s Hall.
Several more emergency call boxes will be installed throughout campus and the committee is currently choosing the most convenient and accessible locations. Future plans also include adding lights to the Blue parking lot, between Brother Leopold Hall and Residencia Santiago Miller, and extending the guardrail that runs along Hillside Hall.
Chris Kendall and Neil White examine a map of proposed emergency call box locations.
Photo by Allison Christensen
Recently the committee has been working on an active shooter drill that will take place in February and stresses the new “Run Hide Fight” responses. Faculty members, Campus Safety, Student Senate, and Residence Life have been trained in this strategy. The Athletic Department will be trained next and eventually the video will be shown to freshmen and in residence hall meetings. The video is available on YouTube.
“I want people to feel safe here,” said Associate Vice President of Campus Services Chris Kendall.
The Office of Campus Safety now has an additional officer on duty around the clock so one officer can remain in the office while the other does campus rounds.
The “See Something, Say Something” campaign initiated by Campus Safety has successfully prevented unsafe situations from unfolding, according to interim Director of Campus Safety Neil White. He believes the campaign has allowed students to realize that it is okay to say something and share information with officials. Providing information to Campus Safety is completely anonymous.
“It amounts to more eyes and ears,” said White. “It allows us to know more about what’s going on, which helps everybody and makes campus a more secure place.”
Any community members with safety concerns can contact Chris Kendall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-457-1781.