My school has ramped up security this semester, and we're talking hard-core. You NEED an ID between the hours of 11pm-7am to get into the residential buildings. During the day, most buildings are accessible to a certain point without an ID, but to get to the actual hallways with rooms, you need the ID for that specific building. Also, doors are locked that never used to be locked during the day so you can't wander through buildings anymore.
Needless to say, it is a little annoying and inconvenient, but much much safer. I'm personally happy with this. What about you guys?
My Dear Eiri....With the Va. Tech shootings still ringing in our ears, the college campuses are going to start feeling like the high schools for security. Some will be lax, but a majority really paid attention to what happened and they are determined not to have the same thing happen on their campus.
High schools today are locked down for the same reasons and have been for years. Is your campus an open one? That is, one that has roads going through it or is it closed with everybody walking to class on malls?
I believe it is going to be difficult to enforce security on some campuses because you could drive around looking for potential victims at night.
Personally, I am glad that the campuses are safer because I have a son in college away from home.
My campus is an open one. There aren't a ton of roads, but there are buses that run routes, if that helps as a description. They were actually working on the safety measures before the VA shooting, so I'm a little proud of them in that sense
What we don't have is safety for people outside the buildings. We used to have "blue lights" which had phones beneath them. Now, I think there's one or two that work. Again, this is a medium sized campus, so only one working emergency phone is just ridiculous.
I am taking all online classes so I have not really notcied anything increased by way of security on campus. We have always had emergency call buttons and on campus police. I am noy sure about the residential building but if they have increased suecurity I would not be complaining. We had an attempted kidnapping of a woman in the parking lots last year. It freaked a lot of the women out.
There was zero security at my secondary school and we never even thought about it. There was minimal security at my uni (ID card for the library...ummm yeah that was about it) and again, never even thought about it. Maybe school/college shootings etc are just more prevalent over there? I'm sure we'll end up going the same way though...usually do
The most horrific thing I can remember was back in 1996 in Dunblane: that was just awful and now I've got a child it hurts all the more to think about it:
You need ID's to get into dorms here but not anywhere else. The rest of the buildings are public. However, there does seem to be security guards everywhere (to hand out traffic tickets, no doubt) and we do have some call phones too but I don't think they work.
I go to an all girl's school, and we've had issues before. I think they're working on it. We held a meeting at the end of last year to discuss way to beef up security, since the girls in the dorms were getting calls from stalkers from off of campus.
The only thing we needed ID's for in college was to register for classes, eat in the cafeterias, get sporting events tickets, and....hmmm...get a discount at the movie theatres? Oh, and ride the bus.
I think that Universities are going to ramp up security because they are afraid that if they don't and somebody gets killed they are going to be sued by some yahoo who thinks the school is responsible for the actions of a deranged lunatic. IMHO
Jules....I remember when that massacre occurred at Dunblane and the thought of five and six-year-old kids being killed never leaves your mind.
According to the Wikipedia article, they never found a real cause for the gunman's rampage. That's what makes all school shootings so tragic, that an adult would choose to take out their rage on schoolchildren.