Campus Security Upgrades Underway

Crews are hard at work on the Arkansas Tech University campus carrying out the campus security initiative implemented by the Board of Trustees in June.

These workers from the Arkansas Tech Physical Plant Office (photographed at right) got out ahead of the heat early on the morning of Tuesday, July 19, to remove the large shrubs alongside the sidewalk on the east end of the Hull Physical Education Building.

Tech administrators walked the campus after dark this spring to identify areas that needed improved visibility through the installation of additional lighting and the removal of shrubs.

Other campus security enhancements over the coming months will include electronic door access to classroom buildings for night classes, additional security cameras and the installation of emergency call stations.

Arkansas Tech increased the number of public safety officers on patrol during the 6 p.m.-6 a.m. shift from three to five during the spring 2011 semester. Despite no increases in state funding, Arkansas Tech has committed the resources necessary to hire two additional campus safety officers starting this summer.

“Arkansas Tech University takes its responsibility to provide for the safety of our students, faculty and staff very seriously,” said Susie Nicholson, Arkansas Tech vice president for student services and university relations. “The safety of our campus community is our No. 1 priority. Our track record in that area is good, but there is always room for improvement. We believe that the security measures already in place combined with the enhancements that we are currently implementing will forward our long-held reputation as a safe place to study and work.”

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to program the Office of Public Safety telephone number (479-968-0222) into their mobile devices. Officers are available 24 hours per day.

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