SG aims to make changes to SURE Walk

Quanit Ali

Following the creation of SURE Walk last spring, Student Government is looking to make changes to the program that will expand its capabilities and raise the overall extent of operation in the coming semesters. 

“We’ve been working to increase the scope of SURE Walk, to make it more efficient and raise awareness,” said Isaiah Carter, Student Government chief of staff.

Proposed improvements to the program include recruiting more volunteers, opening another office at Jester West and extending the hours of operation. SURE Walk also hopes to include the use of a golf cart, flashlights and walkie talkies while escorting students home. 

SURE Walk isn’t alone in recognizing and acting upon a need for campus safety improvements. In response to the April homicide on campus, the Texas Department of Public Safety launched a review of the University’s safety and security and issued an official report last week mentioning several ways to beef up campus surveillance. Among them was better lighting and a heavier police presence on campus.

However, these suggested improvements require planning and time for installation, which will delay implementation.

While current students wait for the new security features and policies to be updated, SURE Walk is currently active for students to use. 

“[SURE Walk is a] necessity in regards to the growing concerns of students,” engineering sophomore Ali Kedwaii.

The program has been meeting the demands of the student body, business sophomore Omar Bheda said.

”SURE Walk has changed people’s perceptions of UT by providing students with a direct service dedicated solely towards their safety, showing UT’s personal investment in its students,” Bheda said. 

The improvements to SURE Walk and the growing number of student volunteers create a sense of unity in the student body, as well, Kedwaii said.

Even though some students may not feel the need to always use SURE Walk after a night out, the fact that it’s there is comforting, English junior Alice Rizzo said.

“SURE walk makes me feel like there’s an option for safety, which even if I don’t need provides reassurance,” Rizzo said.