Pro: Monitoring entrances

Pierce should have its entrances monitored by some form of security in order to make students feel more safe on campus.

In light of recent incidents in Los Angeles, it would make sense to monitor who comes in and out of our school to some degree. While this could get excessive, no measure is too extensive to ensure the safety of our faculty and students alike.

While there is no clear solution to protecting students from tragedies such as school shootings, which are becoming more and more common as time progresses, we have to continue the conversation that has already begun.

According to College Students’ perceptions of campus safety initiatives, “Applying a framework derived from literature on fear of crime and other salient concepts, multivariate modeling is used to explain variation in the observed level of student support.”

Studies are being done in order to put into action some kind of precautionary measures however no concrete plan has been put into place.

According to As seen on TV, an article written by Cullen T. O’Donnell, Lisa M. Carter, Leilani B. Goodmon, Destiny K. Zunic Caitlin Smith, and Alyssa Parisi, “In order to help students feel more comfortable in college, it is important for administrative staff, faculty, professors, and campus safety officers to be aware of student perceptions of safety—and the factors that can impact these perceptions.”

It is incredibly important for administration at schools to be aware that a change must be made. With no current plan in the works, we ask ourselves how rigorous of a process we must go through in order to monitor the people who come in and out of campus.

According to an article by George Padilla titled, Campus Safety in 4-year Public Colleges and Universities in the United States, “only 64 (75%) schools offered disaster response presentations to new students and staff, while 9 (11%) reported that their written emergency operations plans were not available to their communities, and that only 53 (62.4%) offered presentations regarding cyber-security and safeguarding online information.”

Given this information, not enough schools have offered a disaster response presentation to their students. While there is no current program set in place, having one in the works can eventually lead to an overall feeling of comfort for students and faculty alike.

Pierce College is a well-knit community, and it is our job to make sure we are all as safe as possible.