USC Student Death Prompts Security Upgrades
- By Ginger Hill
- Aug 08, 2014
Last 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.)
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Ginger Hill is Group Social Media Manager.