After a rash of vandalism and a shootings in and around its campus, Tennessee State University is enforcing a new policy that it hopes will keep its students and staff safe.
The new policy will require students and faculty visit the campus police department to be issued a new photo ID, and beginning in March the new ID must be prominently displayed while on campus. Tennessee’s local News Channel 5 report that the current policy requires students and faculty to be able to present their identification card upon request.
TSU’s new policy will provide IDs that feature chip technology and a new design. Using prox technology, the new IDs can restrict access to certain areas as well as track and record the individuals that enter each building, hopefully giving university officials a leg up on potential threats to campus safety.
The ID policy comes off the back of a string of vandalism that occurred on campus last fall. Break-ins were also an issue for the Tennessee college, particularly by individuals not associated with the university.
Also a concern for the university was a shooting that took place near one of the campus dorms. The victim in that incident was not a TSU student, but it prompted the university to take action nonetheless.
The university has held a series of forums to address the safety problems and concerns, constructing a comprehensive, campus-wide plan. To compliment the new IDs, the university has installed lighting around common student areas and hired additional staff to patrol the campus.