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'Town hall' meeting focuses on safety

April 23, 2007

On April 24, the entire ASU Tempe campus community is invited to attend the Campus Safety Town Hall meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law's Great Hall.

The event, sponsored by the ASU Police Department and Tempe Public Safety Advisory Committee, is meant to inform students, faculty and staff about safety concerns on the Tempe campus. The night will also feature a question-and-answer session with campus safety officials from the ASU Police Department, student judicial affairs, residential life and other ASU departments.

“The town hall meeting provides a forum for the campus community to voice any concerns, and for those concerns to be heard and addressed by appropriate campus personnel,” says Deborah Sullivan, director of student life. “It also is a time for the campus community to work together to maintain a safe environment for everyone to live, work, and study here.”

This will be the second year the event has been organized as a result of recommendations from the 2005 Myles Lynk Report. Every ASU campus across the Valley will hold its own meeting, to give those campus communities an opportunity to address any concerns regarding safety and security.

“The most effective way to improve safety on campus is by collaborating with the ASU Police Department and student government, as well as the necessary entities on campus,” says Liz Simonhoff, vice president of undergraduate student government. “By working together, we can ensure we are improving safety on campus through our Safety Escort Service, better lighting, and police officers constantly accessible and patrolling the campus.”

For those unable to attend the meeting who would like information on campus safety, the ASU police, through their Campus Crime Prevention office, are willing to assist with any campus safety concerns. Additionally, information can be found online through Student Judicial Affairs, the vice president for university student initiatives' safety Web site, the Public Safety Advisory Council's Web site and through the ASU Police Departments Web site.

“I think it's important for students to be informed about safety, because they need to be ensured we are taking the necessary actions and have the resources to improve their security on campus,” Simonhoff says. “If students feel safer in their environment, that means we are doing our job in serving the students at ASU.”