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Shaw University Students Protest Poor Security

Posted January 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Security has begun to improve after students from Shaw University held a protest march Wednesday night, demonstrating against what they say is a lack of proper security at the school. Protesters say several recent incidents sparked their concern.

The most recent occurred Tuesday afternoon when a man was found wandering around in one of the women-only dormitories. He was discovered looking into the showers.

The students say there have been several such lapses in security and that makes them feel unsafe.

University President, Dr. Talbot Shaw came out and had a brief, but heated exchange with one of the demonstrators.

Students had two specific demands. They say they want more guards and alarms on the doors. A group representing the protesters visited President Shaw's office to talk more about their safety.

Thursday, university officials addressed students' concerns openly, promising to increase security. They said extra security would be added to dormitories at night and that doors and gates would be kept closed and locked.

Executive Vice President Dr. Ernest Pickens said students' demands will be met.

Pickens adds that officials have also agreed to investigate the possibility of installing alarm and intercom systems in key areas.

Officials say they have done other things to try to increase security, including mounting cameras on the outside of several buildings, increasing lighting in some areas, and adding more security guards.

They have also agreed to meet with student leaders on a monthly basis to discuss security and other issues of concern to students.