Campus safety dealt with theft, sexual assault and trespassers throughout the 2017-2018 school year. In response, Campus Safety proposed an action plan to President Eastman with 14 ideas on how the campus can become more secure.
According to Director of Campus Safety and Security Tonya Womack, one of the bigger projects campus safety proposed was a phone app to help make communication easier for students. This app, called Omnigo Community, will allow Eckerd students to send in pictures or report suspicious activity directly to the Campus Safety office.
“I feel like the student body has to really come together as a community and watch out for people who aren't supposed to be here,” sophomore Madi Strohecker said.
First-years already use this app and an email should be going out soon to the upperclassmen and faculty.
According to Womack, Campus Safety doesn't want students to use the app for emergencies. She recommends calling Campus Safety directly or Eckerd College’s Emergency Response Team instead.
Campus Safety has also fixed some of the small problems on campus, like broken or knocked down fences, and they put up more vegetation along the fence by Sigma, West Lodge and the other side of the front gate.
“I think the vegetation could turn away some fence hoppers, but if they’ve made it this far... I feel like they’re still going to figure out a way in,” Strohecker said.
Campus Safety implemented fixes, adding new cameras and additional lighting around campus. They will also be bringing back the St. Petersburg Police Department to help patrol on weekends.
The Campus Safety officers working at the front gate have had more enhanced training on how to deal with guests on campus. They want students to know that they have to have their IDs on them at all times. When students don't have their IDs the officer at the gate will take down the student’s information and send it to the Office of Community Standards.
According to Joanna Ellwood, assistant dean for community standards and Title IX coordinator, there is currently no penalty for not having your ID, but Campus Safety and the Office of Community Standards are thinking of consequences.
Even though many of the short-term projects proposed to President Eastman were taken care of there are still many long-term fixes that Campus Safety is working on.
“Our goal is not only to keep what we have in place but continue to enhance it,” Womack said.