Towson University to Beef Up Security Measures Following Sexual Assaults
Towson University wants to prevent more sexual assaults from happening. As a result, officials are planning on hiring more police officers and counselors.
- By Sherelle Black
- October 04, 2019
In September, there were two sexual assaults reported by Towson University students, which is prompting officials to make immediate changes to its security measures.
Some of those changes include adding more police positions and counselors and offering sexual assault education.
University President Kim Schatzel said in a release on Thursday that she has heard the community and will implement changes.
"In response, the university has already increased police patrols—including increased foot patrols—around campus that further our community policing efforts. The university has authorized 7 additional positions to be added to TUPD staffing. The recruiting and hiring of those 7 additional positions have already begun and we plan to have it completed within 45 days. Additionally, the hours for the SafeRide Shuttle will be extended starting next week, background checks for all employees—inclusive of contract employees, will all be monitored. Finally, as requested, a blue light security light pole was installed in front of 10 West on Wednesday.”
"Several community members expressed the need for additional training and education in support of faculty surrounding issues of mental health, anxiety, and the well being of students. Provost Perreault and the Division of Academic Affairs will be hosting the January Conference for faculty and those issues will be the topic of the conference.”
"Additional training and education in support of Housing and Residence Life staff related to issues of sexual assault and mental health was also requested. This request and the resources needed to support it are also currently being reviewed.”
Sherelle Black is a Content Editor for the Infrastructure Solutions Group at 1105 Media.