ETTRICK (WRIC) - In light of a student being shot to death and another being stabbed last semester, VSU is making changes to campus security in an effort to keep students safe.
The university made some changes on its own but also hired an outside consulting firm to look at its security system and suggest improvements. The school says it wanted to take a proactive approach.
Back in October, before a homecoming event, a VSU student was stabbed in the leg
. The attack led to several other fights across campus. About one month later, another student was found shot to death at the university apartments near campus.
"It was kind of a shock," says student Brittany Bunch. "It kind of made me a little more cautious."
Last semester's violence led the school to look at ways to improve campus safety. It hired a consulting firm to look at ways the university could become more secure.
"It is incumbent upon us to provide the most security possible to our students and our faculty and everyone who visits our campus on a daily basis," says VSU spokesperson Tom Reed.
Some of the suggestions are already in place. More security officers have been hired and are on foot patrol. Additional lights and cameras have been set up across campus. Students say they have seen a difference.
"Last spring, for example, I was taking a night class up here and I did not like how dark it was and now with all the extra lighting, seeing the police around I feel 10 times safer," says student Robert Tanner.
"I do feel that I am safe on this campus," says student Heather O'Kelly. "I see cops everywhere, there's cops driving all over campus.
The university says it will also increase communication with local police departments in order to identify any possible concerns, saying more community involvement will be key to keeping the campus safe.
University officials say they will also start asking people for student IDs after hours. They say while they know students will have guests, the request is for their safety and not in any way meant to harass them.
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