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Campus security 101

By Olivia Mercer
On February 14, 2012

As we all know, Drake Hall, sadly, went up in flames earlier this semester.  Though the building itself is salvageable, it is unable to be used for the rest of the semester.  And, the basement of the hall must be completely redone.  As many of you are aware, this fire caused quite an upheaval among the students, parents, and the campus as a whole.  It has left many questioning the safety of our school, as well.

The cause of the Drake Hall fire is still currently under investigation, though there are many theories and rumors regarding it's cause, I encourage you all to disregard all until one is confirmed.  It will save our university from inaccurate assumptions about campus safety.  Being a sophomore, I lived on campus for a year.  Personally, I was happy with the security systems for the dorms. When comparing our security systems to other UW schools, our dorm security allows students the ability to visit friends in other residence halls with ease until 10 p.m.  After 10 p.m., only the students living in that particular residence hall are able to enter with ease.  All visitors have to be met or enter with another student who lives there.  While many of us students view this security system as "easy to get around with", the security system is incredibly safe and tight.  It grants students the leisure of visiting friends with ease, but also requires them to be safe at certain hours of the night.  Student, Molly Kastner, feels that our campus is "safe, very safe."  Though she hasn't had to utilize many of our safety features on campus, she simply feels safer "knowing that I have the option to use them if/when I need to."  

In addition to, our campus is very fortunate to have a police station right on site.  While those individuals who partake in avid under-age drinking may disagree, I personally find that having police on campus is very positive.  The mission statement for the campus police reads, "The select mission of the UW-La Crosse University Police Unit is to enhance a high quality of learning and life opportunity for the campus community through dedicated and professional service. The department serves with integrity, discretion and expediency; and in a fair, proper, and thorough manner. The conduct of each member of the department will be professional and honorable. We work with other organizations to create a campus environment that is socially rich and diverse. "  The campus police is staffed 24 hours a day, providing our students the ability to feel safe at all times.  For more information, I encourage you all to visit their website:  

Though safety and the tactics in which universities use to provide services vary from campus to campus, the concern for a safe environment should always be a concern for us students.  While it may not be one of our first concerns when choosing a school, we need to constantly thank those that provide us such a safe environment to live.  And, we need to, while the Drake fire remains so prominently in our minds, be rid theories, assumptions, and rumors about our campus safety.  


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