SGA Address Campus Safety with Night Walk

Towson, MD., October 29, 2013 - The SGA hosted a Campus Safety Night Walkk on October 24th 2013 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The purpose was to evaluate the lighting, blue light system and pedestrian concerns on Towson University’s campus that were brought up by students, faculty, staff and all who are on campus on a daily basis. Safety at Towson is a top priority and the Night Walk revealed major concerns and solutions concerning problem areas on campus. Led by SGA Senator Drew Voigt, attendants included Towson University Chief of Police Gerst and members of TUPD, Facilities Management Associate Vice President Roger Hayden and members of Facilities Management, Assistant Vice President of Housing and Residents Life and many other administrators who were enthusiastic about making TU a safer campus.

The following summarizes major issues noted by observation on the walk:

Lights Out

  • One Light out on the stairs leading to Burdick Hall from University Union
  • One Light is out for the up lighting on East Northeast end of Stephens Hall
  • Three lights out Glenn Tower B two support columns for door entrance and one poll light is out to the South end of Tower B
  • Multiple Lights out, overhang for Glenn Dining Hall

Lights Needed

  • Last exit of College of Liberal Arts building at the 2nd floor level coming at towards the stairs of International Walkway
  • Newell Dining Den entrance, lighting needed along the sidewalk leading towards side entrance
  • On the ramp coming down from Van Bokkelen Hall towards Media Center
  • More adequate lighting is needed behind Stephens Hall and the East end of Van Bokkelen Hall, especially around the Van Bokkelen Patio
  • All exits from Hawkins Hall
  • Cross Campus Drive and Osler Drive intersection, on University Union Garage side
  • Back row lot 26 has been added to the Spring 2014 project list

Blue Lights Needed

  • Behind Richmond Hall, with camera capabilities
  • Behind Stephens Hall and back side, by patio, of Van Bokkelen Hall, with camera capabilities
  • Between Van Bokkelen, Media Center, and Stephens Annex, with camera capabilities
  • Lot 26 West end with camera
  • At all existing Blue Light phones a camera should be added to each

Pedestrian Concerns

  • Needed a side walk along Emerson Drive from University Village steps towards Osler Drive
  • Crosswalk is needed along Emerson Drive
  • Behind Newell Hall, along the South end of Newell Dining, the bridge project the fencing needs to encompass all of the construction to prevent injuries
  • Emerson Drive and Osler Drive intersection, recommendation to have all signals red while pedestrians are crossing

The concerns expressed in the Night Walk are already being reported, processed and fixed. The SGA welcomes any suggestions that have not been addressed in this report. Thank you to those who participated.

Report compiled by SGA Senator Drew Voigt with notes from Senator Voigt, Corporal Kia Williams of Towson University Police Department, Troy Lingelbach of Facilities Management Operations and Maintenance and Rick Walsh of Facilities Management Building Trades. Email Senator Voigt at for a full report of the Fall 2013 Night Walk.

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