Kent State police training ensures safety on campus

By Elizabeth Randolph and Raymond Allan Universities across the nation are required to create annual reports as part of the Jeanne Clery Act. Reports are posted on the universities’ public safety websites and are available in the respective police departments. According to these reports, Kent State is considered one of the safest campuses in Ohio with minimal crimes happening on campus. The University of Cincinnati is considered one of the worst campuses in terms of security. This past summer, a man named Samuel Dubose was shot to death by former UC police officer Ray Tensing. The case instantly made headlines as being one of the many instances of gun violence

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Emergency Campus Phones

  Kent State University provides emergency campus phones to keep students safe. Emergency 9-1-1 is accessible from any phone on campus, and is a single push button. Just like most city 9-1-1 systems,the call is connected with the appropriate police department and a computer displays the caller’s location. But how effective is it? The Kent State Police Department and parking services explains how sufficient they are. Emergency Campus Phones from Rachel Smeaton on Vimeo.     It is important for students to know where each phone is located in case of emergency purposes. Below is a link that shows the location of blue light and courtesy phones. Map of Kent

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School funding makes May 4 education difficult in local districts

By Katie Nix Forty-five years ago, the identity of the Kent community was changed forever when Ohio National Guardsmen fired into a crowd of protesting students and passersby. After four Kent State students were killed and nine were wounded, the events became known as May 4, branding the university and surrounding community for years to come. May 4 in local schools However, local children aren’t always educated about the events and their effects. “Our teachers wish they could do more but because of what the standards require in terms of time, there’s only so much that we can do,” said Karen Rumley, Kent City Schools director of instructional program. Rumley

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Kent State Not Informing Students About Rape

Video & Graph by Pamela Marotta, Story by Kristie Graybill, Photos & Video by Xiafan Li Kent State University is not informing students about rape that occurs in the dorms. According to Kent State’s Campus Safety, Security and Fire Safety Bulletin there were 7 sexual assault incidents that occurred in the residence halls in 2013. When a criminal incident or emergency happens on campus, a safety email or text message called a Flash Alert is sent to all the students at Kent State. In 2013 there were 30 Flash Alerts sent out and not one of them pertained to these sexual assault incidents last year. When asked if she feels that students deserve to

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A.L.I.C.E Workshop Creates Safer Environment On Campus

In 2009, Kent State required faculty and staff to take an interactive, 90-minute workshop about what to do during active shooter incidents. In 2010, Kent State required freshman enrolled in the First Year Experience course to attend these workshops. The A.L.I.C.E workshops are, according to Kent campus police officer Michquel Penn, “lockdown procedures on steroids.” The workshop includes lecture, demonstration, and direct student involvement. In April, 7,000 faculty, staff members and students attended the A.L.I.C.E workshops. “A.L.I.C.E, in my opinion, really enhances lockdown. It gives additional options other than locking down and sheltering in place,” said instructor and Kent campus officer Michquel Penn. “We watch a video and we look

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Kent State Campus safety improvements

Anchor Intro: The Kent State University Annual Campus Safety and Security Report came out last Tuesday. There are no major areas of concern in the report, but an incident last April leaves Kent State Police wanting to improve some safety measures. TV2’s Emily Crilley tells you what actions campus police are taking to improve safety.   Anchor Tag: ALICE Training is offered multiple times during the week, and all students are encouraged to attend. Session times and locations can be found online on Kent State’s website.   Three Helpful ALICE Training tactics:     Related links: State of Ohio School Safety/Emergency Operations Plan Register for Flash ALERTS Kent State University

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Hazing: A nationwide problem on college campuses

Hazing has been a recent issue at Kent State, as two fraternities have been suspended for it in the last year. Kappa Alpha Psi, a predominately African American fraternity, was suspended for three years in fall 2013, and Sigma Tau Gamma received a three-year ban in spring 2014. The fraternities cannot function as student organizations and are prohibited from participation in Greek life activities. According to HazingPrevention.org, hazing is defined as any action taken or any situation created intentionally that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule and risks emotional and/or physical harm to members of a group or team, whether new or not, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. National

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Tornado Warning just another day at the office for PARTA bus drivers

A tornado watch that quickly turned into a tornado warning caused people all across campus to find a safe and secure place to go Wednesday night. Faculty members, students and other Kent residents were driving when the tornado watch was issued around 5 PM. Many people were passengers on the PARTA buses during the storm. While some students were unaware of the tornado watch,  PARTA drivers were notified of it right away. Drivers have been taught what to do when there are severe weather conditions such as this. Frank Hairston, PARTA‘s director of marketing and public service, said drivers are trained to proceed to the nearest fire station or safe building

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Fire Department conducts surprise inspections, spreads safety to Kent bars

The Kent Fire Prevention Bureau conducted a surprise inspection downtown Thursday night, checking the capacity of crowded bars to see if business owners obeyed the threshold limit. Fire Prevention Officers Lieutenant Jamie Samels and Lieutenant Jeff Coffee began their inspection at 11 p.m. and concluded around 3 a.m., checking the exits, lighting and capacity of bars including Bar 145, 157 Lounge, Panini’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings. “Employees should be counting as people enter and exit, and they have to know how many people they’re allowed to have inside,” Samels said. “So if I ask how many people are inside and they say they’re not counting, that’s the wrong answer.” Surprise

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Townhall II assists sexual assault victims

From Jan. 1, 2008 to Sept. 23, 2013, the Kent Police Department have taken 54 reports of rape. According to RAINN, Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, one in six women and one in 33 men have experienced an attempted or competed rape. 80 percent of rape victims are under the age of 30. Though the age range of victims in the rape reports to the Kent police was from age 3 to age 44, the majority of those raped were in their late teens or early twenties. Lieutenant Jim Prusha with the Kent Police said he thinks some victims may feel embarrassed, or feel the incident was their fault

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