SGA hosts campus walk aiming to bring safety to students

| November 7, 2012

Despite safety measures already in place around campus, UNC Charlotte Police and Public Safety continue to respond to larceny calls and various other types of avoidable crime on a weekly basis. Thursday, Nov. 8, Steven Serio, secretary of Internal Affairs for UNC Charlotte’s Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Body President Conor Dugan hope to take steps in reducing the amount of crime that happens on campus.

Serio and Dugan, along with UNC Charlotte campus police and Department of Facilities Management will host a Campus Safety Walk, designed to identify and eliminate dangerous spots on campus.

“There are a lot of troublesome areas on campus,” said Serio. “We really need to make sure you can see two [blue emergency lights] at each location on campus and, just this whole entire thing is to make campus safer.”

Students interested in participating in the walk are encouraged to meet with members of the SGA Senate and Executive Board, as well as various other UNC Charlotte students, outside the SGA Complex on the second floor of the Student Union at 6 p.m. Thursday. From the Complex, students will be broken into groups and sent to different locations on campus to document the dangerous aspects of the area.

“If any lights are out, trees are blocking pathways, shrubbery needs to be trimmed back. If lighting isn’t as good as it should be, report that the dark area in such-and-such lot. We really want to be as specific as possible in this event. That’s why we want a good turnout from students,” said Serio.

Certain areas of campus will not be looked at. Construction on the south side of campus near the high rises makes that area difficult to assess, according to Serio, but they hope to look at this part of campus during a safety walk during the 2013-14 academic year. Off campus recreational fields will not be looked at, and the area directly surrounding the football stadium also will not be heavily assessed.

“Around the football stadium not all the lights are up anyway. They aren’t all installed yet, so we can’t really say, ‘Oh there needs to be more lighting’ when the lights aren’t even installed,” said Serio.

The rest of the Charlotte Research Institute area of campus will be checked for dangerous locations.

After the walk, Serio and Dugan plan to prepare a report of what specific areas on campus need to be improved. They will then present this report to both the Safety and Security Committee and Facilities Management. Facilities Management will then budget out how and when the changes will be made.

“By the end of the semester we’ll have all that done and hopefully by next semester we will have started implementing some changes and increasing [campus safety],” said Serio.

UNC Charlotte hosted an event like this years ago, but it has not been done in recent years.
“We’re in the middle of Charlotte. Charlotte has its troublesome areas and any of this, it’s a public university,” said Serio. “Anybody can come on campus at any time of the day or night. This program, this walk, will really help make this campus safer.”

Students interesting in participating can either email Serio at sserio@uncc.edu or arrive at the SGA Complex 6 p.m. Thursday.

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Eden Creamer Eden Creamer was the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times from May 2013 through April 2015. She graduated from UNC Charlotte in May 2015, receiving her degree in Communication Studies with minors in English, Journalism and Women's Studies. She now does freelance proofing, copywriting and design in the Charlotte area, and can be reached at edencreamer@gmail.com

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Eden Creamer Eden Creamer was the Editor-in-Chief for the Niner Times from May 2013 through April 2015. She graduated from UNC Charlotte in May 2015, receiving her degree in Communication Studies with minors in English, Journalism and Women's Studies. She now does freelance proofing, copywriting and design in the Charlotte area, and can be reached at edencreamer@gmail.com

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