Last month, three students were shot at Tennessee State University in Nashville as a result of a dispute during a dice game. One person died in the incident.
Glenda Glover, president of Tennessee State University, quickly responded with a new 10-point safety enhancement plan for the Nashville campus. “The administration is taking a multifaceted approach to further enhance safety measures that strategically address the issue of insuring that there are no weapons or other illegal activity on our campus,” President Glover said. “Having a weapon on campus is immediate grounds for expulsion from the university.”
Other elements of the plan include:
- An increase in the police presence on campus.
- Strict enforcement of the policy requiring all students, faculty, and staff to wear ID badges.
- The establishment of an anonymous tip line by law enforcement authorities.
- The initiation of student patrols and escorts on campus.
- Increased surveillance equipment and enhanced lighting on campus.
- More fencing to reduce access to the university’s campus.
“This plan calls for action, accountability and assessment by all, and all three are equally as important. And it starts with me,” President Glover said. “Police, staff, faculty and students as well as the President will be held accountable for ensuring that this plan is implemented in a timely and professional fashion. This plan goes into action, not next week, not next month, and not next year, but now.”