Should Colleges Provide Security for Students Living Off Campus?

Should Colleges Provide Security for Students Living Off Campus?

March 15, 2013

A senior news editor at The Spectrum, the student newspaper of the University of Buffalo, spent the past five months investigating off-campus security at the school. Lisa Khoury explored how the school supervises and supports students living in the Heights, an area near campus with a high crime rate. Khoury interviewed UB administrators who insisted that "the university is not responsible for students' safety and living conditions off campus." Khoury's article was widely read and led to a response letter from UB President Satish Tripathi, who says he wants the Heights to eventually be "a vibrant, safe, and thriving living and learning environment."

In her article, Khoury relates UB's involvement in the Heights to other universities with off-campus houses in urban areas such as the University of Pennsylvania. Penn partnered with private sectors to buy housing stock, hotel space, and grocery stores to improve their off-campus neighborhood. Khoury says, unlike UB, Penn believes a university has a vested interest in its students™ safety off campus.

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