University of Nebraska Hosts Annual Campus Safety Walk

University of Nebraska Hosts Annual Campus Safety Walk

“We want to see firsthand where and how students feel unsafe on campus, especially at night,” Heng said. “So having the safety walk is a way for us to actively search for problem areas so we can best work on making campus a safer place for all students.”

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department held its annual campus safety walk Thursday night. The walk was hosted by the UNL Police Department and students and staff were invited to participate, according to UNL Assistant Police Chief Hassan Ramzah.

The safety walk covers ground on the City and East campuses. UNL hosts the safety walk to see what areas around campus need to be improved to make the grounds safer and more secure at night, said Mary Heng, a member of the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska Campus Life and Safety Committee.

“We want to see firsthand where and how students feel unsafe on campus, especially at night,” Heng said. “So having the safety walk is a way for us to actively search for problem areas so we can best work on making campus a safer place for all students.”

In the past, the safety walk has been hosted by UNLPD, but the Association of Students of the University of Nebraska held their own safety walk last fall. ASUN Senator and Chair of the Campus Life and Safety Committee Omar Elkhader said he wanted to host the ASUN walk last year to specific focus on lighting around campus.

According to Ramzah, this year’s walk did not have a specific agenda, but he welcomed all participants.

“The main thing for us is that we have opportunities for participation by faculty, students and staff in looking at some of these areas on campus,” Ramzah said. “I think overall everyone is thinking about safety on campus, and it’s good for us to have that universal feedback and collaboration in trying to keep both campuses safe at night.”

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