UF Working On New Ways To Keep Their Campus Safe
UF is now working on installing a speaker system in university classrooms and auditoriums that comes equipped with wireless internet to be used in emergencies.
"I have never felt unsafe on campus," said Student Government Government President Kevin Reilly.
Reilly wants his peers to feel safe too, despite incidents at other college campuses. That's why he and fellow student government members decided to fork over some cash for the cause.
"It's something we felt was very important, so that's why we pushed for it in the capital improvement trust fund committee," said Reilly.
The UF student government approved $500,000 from its capital improvements fund to pay for a speaker system. Reilly says the UF's President's Office has agreed to match that amount. The speakers will be installed all over UF's campus.
UF spokesman Steve Orlando says it's a move he hopes will supplement the already existing security measures.
The speakers will run through the university's wireless internet, and will be used to relay messages in emergency situations. The university already has a text messaging system in place that can send more than 50,000 texts to students and staff. In the event of an emergency, the UF website will also display a warning message. Reilly says he hopes those will never get used but that it will be comforting, knowing they're there.
"It will be a quick easy way to access those students in the classroom," said Reilly.
At Friday's UF Trustees Meeting, the UF Police Department presented results from a test of the text messaging system. They say that at least 95 percent of the text recipients actually got the message. It's the other five percent and those who keep their phones off in class who they hope to reach with the new speakers.
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