USC Student Death Prompts Security Upgrades

USC Student Death Prompts Security Upgrades

USC Student Death Prompts Security UpgradesLast month near the University of Southern California (USC) campus, a graduate student from China, Xinran Ji, was fatally beaten with a baseball bat around 12:45am. Four people have been charged with this murder.

This act of violence has prompted the university to increase security by:

  • Upgrading camera systems;
  • Enhancing public safety training for students,
  • Having “safety ambassadors” that will work year-round, including summers,
  • Placing security cameras in off-campus locations, and
  • Adding more USC security and Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) foot patrols.

According to Elizabeth Garrett, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs, safety is a shared responsibility that includes safety practices and methods as well as students, faculty and staff being aware of their surroundings.

(Image courtesy of USC's website.)

(Slideshow image: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com)

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