UF students plan protest to add emergency phones on Fraternity Row

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)- According to the University of Florida, the blue light emergency phone systems have been installed on campus for more than twenty years to address security needs for the university.

Now, some UF students are saying the blue lights are missing from one important location.

A group of UF students is planning a protest to have the blue light emergency phones installed on Fraternity Row.

“According to a report published by the Tab in 2017 33% of sexual assaults that are reported on UF’s campus occur on fraternity row. So that statistic met with the fact that student government their job is to serve students is ultimately not serving students," said Hyden.

The students say when you look at the map, Fraternity Row is the only place on campus where there isn’t a blue light emergency phone.

" In April of this past year, the student government senate met with legislation that would allow the implementation of these blue lights and it ultimately came to a tie and then the sponsor of the bill, the senate president voted against it and failed the legislation and their reasoning was fraternity president should have been consulted regarding the legislation before the blue lights were installed,” University of Florida student and protest organizer Emily Hyden said.

Hyden says student safety should not be put in the hands of another student’s decision.

She also says that it is not just an issue of safety, it’s an issue of public health and social justice.

The protest is scheduled for next Tuesday and the group is hoping to expand campus safety to Fraternity Row.