The Texan Talks: Campus safety and security on the 40 Acres

Walker Fountain

In the fourth iteration of The Daily Texan Forum, we will discuss campus safety and security.

Always a hot-button issue, campus security has been given new urgency with the release of the AAU survey, which showed that nearly one in five undergraduate female respondents had been sexually assaulted since arriving on the 40 Acres. Additionally, a domestic dispute in West Campus in July, which ended in the death of an 18-year-old resident, raised new calls for the University of Texas Police Department to be given increased jurisdiction in West Campus. And this week, a student was bludgeoned over the head and robbed by unidentified assailants just steps from the UT campus.

While UT-Austin is generally a safe place for students, recent incidents highlight that more work must be done. This week, we will hear from UTPD Chief David Carter, Associate Vice President for Campus Safety and Security Dr. Bob Harkins, Student Government Chief of Staff Taral Patel and SURE Walk Director-Designate Krishan Sachdev. All four will provide valuable insight into the ongoing work that makes UT a more secure place for all students.

Please join the Texan this morning for a moderated discussion in the Texas Union Theater from 11 a.m. to noon as we hear about the crucial work that campus authorities are doing to keep students safe and what more can be done.

Fountain is a government senior from Pelham, New York.