Campus security

William T. Robinson, Jr.

William T. Robinson, Jr.

It has been brought to the attention of the public that many of our higher institutions of learnings have been negligent in offering the highest level of protection to its students. Because of the times with the rise of domestic violence and terrorism, colleges and universities are compelled to up their plans, programs and practices in offerings and provide safety to their students and faculty.

Protection and safety should be a priority provided by all institutions of higher learning, but let’s be cognizant that it is impossible to guarantee that a campus can be one 100% safe. You can offer more surveillance cameras, extreme screening to those entering the campus, fencing around the campus and student partnering whiletraveling the campuses–but in all honesty, these are only deterrents.

It is impossible to monitor the minds of all attendees on campuses, and for the most part we just don’t know when some people are apt to mentally break and do something threatening the safety of all those around. But those on campus can minimize the possibility of impeding danger by being more vigilant about the activities and actions of people around them. If students and faculty are aware of a person or group involved in suspect activities (drugs, sexual misconduct, rape, gang involvement, emotional instability and threatening behaviors), they have a responsibility and obligation to report what they know to campus security to maximize the safety of the campus as a whole.

All too often students are aware of illicit and threatening behaviors and actions among their peers but are reluctant to say anything until it is too late. One must remember that a campus is only as secure as the security staff, students and faculty working together to provide for the safety of all people on the campus. The campus should act as a family, working together with the major objective of providing the best in protection and safety for all its occupants.

Campus security should be held accountable as well as the students and faculty in providing a safe environment for academic excellence. Campus security should be well trained to deal with safety issues. Many of the security issues in many universities and colleges are predicated by people not attending or living on the campuses. Those outsiders must be made aware that they must respect your campus home, and blatant disrespect and illicit activities will not be tolerated. Campus security must be diligent in answering and investigating any calls of deviant behaviors or activities reported by students.

No student should be afraid of repercussions fromreportingsuspect activity by their peers. Bullying and intimidation by students toward their peers should be considered a serious offense with the possibility of expulsion if not corrected. There should be some charges such as rape and illegal gun possession that warrants zero tolerance if found in violation. There should be mandatory sessions periodically where students are oriented on their obligation and responsibility in helping to provide for a safer campus environment.

Working together collectively, all parties can make a difference in making their campus safer. Campus safety affects all universities and campuses but it seems thatthe media seems to be targeting predominately Black universities and minimizing the extent of this problem at larger universities. We know that larger White universities have a history of covering up heinous mishaps involving its students, as if student security problems is minimal or don’t happen on their campuses. We all know better and if the truth were exposed, we would be horrified at the number of reported violations (sexual rape, drunkenness, and fights) by students. It is standard practice in many big predominately White universities to secretly cover up serious infractions that may cause embarrassment to that institution.

Let’s hope that in the future these institutions of higher learning will be more compliant in reporting the truth to their students as well as the public. All parents want their children to feel safe and protected at the university or college their children attend. They have the right to know the truth concerning statistics concerning violations or allegations of student misconduct.

The suggestion that security problems are basically prevalent to predominately Black universities or colleges is untrue and stereotypical. All institutions of higher learning can work more diligently in securing a safer campus atmosphere, but it must be a shared endeavor by the campus community as a whole.