In the middle of the night, the P2P powers along through Fraternity Court and toward South Campus, carrying new first-years and returning students. The retro-style bus is one of many ways students stay safe on campus, and although it looks like it has been around since South Campus’s construction, only 20 years ago it was the result of student feedback to the campus police department.
Over 4,000 new students have arrived on campus in the past week, and the police and transportation department are in full swing, debriefing campus leadership and new students.
“I received a lot of information about campus safety during orientation, and also the website is really helpful as well,” said first-year Bria Bryant. “Because of this, I will try my best to never walk alone, always have a buddy to go with me to class, or the dining hall or Franklin Street.”
Many events hosted by the police department aim to facilitate relationships with students and help them feel comfortable making suggestions, asking questions or reporting suspicious activity.
“Our crime prevention officer and a few other officers put a menu of items out there,” said Randy Young, spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety. “Our most prevalent crime is larceny, so preventing crimes of opportunity like larceny throughout campus is something that we certainly emphasize.”