Morgan State University security improves for students

by Dominique Hunter, Copy Desk Editor

Safety precautions have heightened at Morgan State University as the campus prepared for the resetting of daylight saving time.

The university police and public safety department worked diligently with the physical plant to adjust lighting in specific locations that have photo cell lights. These lights have sensors that allows you to detect light, while other lighting around the campus are set by timers. The physical plant implemented these changes of resetting timers and sensors to produce well light areas that will keep staff, faculty and students safe.

With the addition of the new Martin D. Jenkins Behavioral Science Building and Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management Building located on west campus, security personnel found on the inside and outside of these building help satisfy the safety needs. The use of technology has also played an effective role in ensuring protection.

“Every new building that comes on campus is outfitted with forensics technology, camera and surveillance systems, as well as access control devices that allows personnel to lock and unlock interior and exterior doors,” said Adrian Wiggins, executive director of the office of campus and public safety.

The security measures for the other buildings and off-campus housing also consist of surveillance systems, security patrols and an effective partnership of the local police department.

Since the University has extended the shuttle hours for students, the public safety department is actively involved in providing the security support for shuttle services. The extended shuttle service hours are Sunday to Thursday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday to Saturday 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

“We’re talking to local police, we’re adding this to our patrol needs and communicating with shuttle drivers if there are any circumstances that need police attention there is a rapid way to contact police both campus and local,” said Wiggins.

In addition, the department implemented a campus escort service to drive students to and from locations at the university and sponsored campus housing. This service is an alternative way to ensure protection.

“I’ve used the escort service only once when I was leaving from my building after hours, I knew it was too late to walk alone and the escort was the best option,” said Sumayyah Raji, a junior in the School of Architecture & Planning.

Students may contact 443-885-3103 to obtain a ride from the escort service. The  department escort’s service offered a web survey for students to critique their experience good or bad.

The MSU Spokesman will have more to add to this story.

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