Parents Voice Satisfaction, Frustration with University Security

3 years 8 months 2 days ago Thursday, May 15 2014 May 15, 2014 Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:39:00 PM CDT May 15, 2014 in News
By: Harris Chang, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Thursday, Timothy M. Wolfe, the President of the four campus University of Missouri System, sent out a message regarding the new sexual assault and mental health services task force. 

The task force was created last January following the story of Sasha Menu Courey, the MU swimmer who committed suicide. 

In the message, President Wolfe states "Our task force continues to work diligently to produce recommendations for improving how we serve persons on our campuses who may have been victims of sexual assault or have mental health needs."

Brian Kelly, father of a graduating MU student, said his son has never had any safety issues during his time at the university.

"Our son is graduating tomorrow," he said. "He's always felt safe in the four years at this university."

Kelly said part of the reason his son has felt secure at school is because of the university's efforts.

"There seems to be an incredible support unit here," he said. "You always see fliers alerting people of programs in case they need them."

In recent weeks, Columbia has seen several incidents of break-ins and sexual assaults victimizing university students. 

Marty Meersman, whose son is also graduating this weekend said, the university still has a ways to go to secure its students.

"There needs to be more options for victimized students," she said. "Maybe an online class or mandatory guest lectures about the help available will help the students more."

Meersman also said the university needs to step up security for the students away from the campuses. 

"Columbia seems to be more secure closer to campus," she said. "I would like to see university expand security measures for students living off campus."

President Wolfe's message concludes by stating the task force and other policies are a work in progress and are expected to improve by the fall semester. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A man is in custody for shooting a Jefferson City resident on Saturday night. 20-year-old Marco... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 12:31:00 PM CST January 14, 2018 in Continuous News
LEBANON (AP) — A southern Missouri teacher has been arrested and charged with felony sexual contact with a student. ... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:48:41 AM CST January 14, 2018 in News
PLATTE CITY (AP) - A drunk driver who rear-ended another car, which killed the driver, on Interstate 29 in... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:43:00 AM CST January 14, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Goodwill, a job training agency best known for its thrift stores, is entering the field of... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:35:00 AM CST January 14, 2018 in News
BLUE SPRINGS (AP) - Police in the Kansas City suburb of Blue Springs say a teenager has been shot... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, January 14 2018 Jan 14, 2018 Sunday, January 14, 2018 10:11:00 AM CST January 14, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police are investigating a shots fired report on Range Line St. on Saturday night. According to the... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:16:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Local quilt lovers are coming together for the first time this year for a three-day retreat. The... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:24:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
SALINE County - The Saline County Sheriff's Department says one man is in custody after trying to flee from officers... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:10:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS — Police have identified a patient who was fatally shot by security guards after he pushed his way... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 6:08:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Family, friends and strangers laid 30-year-old Anthony Warren to rest on Saturday afternoon. Warren was shot and... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 6:05:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
MONITEAU COUNTY - An Eldon man is facing a slew of charges after a chase that started in Clarksburg and... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 6:00:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated Monday Jan. 15, but cities across the country have organized volunteer... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 5:29:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in Top Stories
PETTIS COUNTY — Pettis County deputies arrested 18-year-old Noah A. Kelliker of Marshall, in connection to the Tuesday night shooting... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 4:57:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police hosted two training sessions for the public Saturday to teach people how to respond to an... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:29:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police are looking for a man who attempted to abduct a girl while she was walking home... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 12:03:00 PM CST January 13, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Less than a month after Ryan Kennedy and his wife, MacKenzie Everett-Kennedy, launched their Kickstarter campaign , they... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:46:00 AM CST January 13, 2018 in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A judge is allowing parts of a lawsuit over Missouri's use of prescription drugs for foster... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:37:48 AM CST January 13, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) - A Filipino woman arrested last year in Kansas has been sentenced to prison for stealing nearly... More >>
2 days ago Saturday, January 13 2018 Jan 13, 2018 Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:34:00 AM CST January 13, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds -2°
4am -2°
5am -1°
6am -1°
7am -1°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:30a
Early Today
4:00a
Early Today
4:30a
KOMU 8 News Today
3:30a
Paid Program
4:00a
Paid Program
4:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Ellen's Game of Games
8:00p
This Is Us
9:01p
Chicago Med
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Black Lightning
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld