Parents Voice Satisfaction, Frustration with University Security

6 years 2 months 4 weeks 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
COLUMBIA - The man shot outside Columbia Mall on Tuesday night is thanking doctors, nurses and a police officer for... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:43:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Although standardized testing will not be a requirement for admission to the UM System this year, some local... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 7:02:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — After a Board of Education meeting earlier this week, Columbia Public Schools will still give families the choice... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:45:14 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. This... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Police have arrested 39-year old Justin Spence, of Columbia, in connection with a burglary that occurred early Tuesday... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 2:08:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The Boone County Commission approved $1.8 million in federal coronavirus relief money (CARES Act) for the health department... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 1:54:00 PM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:08:00 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Water supply district number 1 is under a precautionary boil advisory because of low water pressure. There... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 11:04:04 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
Editor's note: This op-ed is a collaboration between the mental health doctors in the United States from the National Network... More >>
14 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:39:57 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA - After school programs have to make adjustments because of the Columbia school board’s vote to delay the start... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, August 12 2020 Aug 12, 2020 Wednesday, August 12, 2020 3:31:00 AM CDT August 12, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Monday crash in Jefferson City damaged three parked vehicles and injured the driver. Curtis Murrell... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:18:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 confirmed on the scene of the incident a man was shot on Tuesday at the Columbia... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:22:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia mayor Brian Treece called on college students to make smart choices when returning to campus. "I... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:58:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou superfan Brian Garner has accumulated hundreds of coaches and players' signatures on his prosthetic leg. He hasn't... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:45:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The news conference is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., according to Trump. More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:26:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Public school administrators discussed, Tuesday afternoon, the district's reopening plans, as student prepare for the start of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:16:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — In a new briefing Tuesday afternoon, Columbia police asked the public for information on two separate early-morning incidents.... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:53:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The parking lot at Tolton Catholic High School will fill up two weeks before Columbia Public Schools. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 75°
1am 75°
2am 74°
3am 73°
4am 71°