Hannah Edelman // Delaware News Journal
The University of Delaware introduced new safety measures after student protests criticized the school's delayed action after a student was charged with attacking his ex-girlfriend, also a UD student, on Oct. 8.
The security initiatives, which went into effect last week, include an expanded safety escort program, a new nighttime shuttle service and a reevaluation of the blue light phone system that connects students to police.
“The safety of our community is our top concern and we’ll be actively driving improvement of all available resources for our students to address that priority head on,” said John Long, the university's executive vice president and chief operating officer, in a statement.
Long, who oversees the units in charge of campus safety, said he worked with President Dennis Assanis and other campus leaders to develop the new pilot programs. He said they are specifically focused on students going to and from their residences.
University police officers will now have a golf cart to drive students to and from on-campus residences, according to the announcement. Those in nearby off-campus housing can take a shuttle from one of four on-campus locations: Morris Library, Perkins Student Center, Townsend Hall and the north end of the Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus Health Sciences Building on the STAR Campus.
Both of these programs will run from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week. Students can request rides using the LiveSafe app or by calling 831-RIDE.
The UD police walking escort program will still be available 24/7.