Monday, December 5, 2011

Interview with Faculty

After having an interview with the dean of student life, she had some interesting things to say about my topic. We discussed the specific situation that took place on campus and off. She informed me that the school tries it's best to protect the students but she said, and I quote, "I fear for your alls safety. You're under a false sense of security, which worries me".

After talking more about what she had said, I brought up campus safety and how they have changed over the years at SBC. She said that the student are either upset with them because they do too much, or they do too little. There is no medium to the matter. However, question remains in my mind, why is doing too much a bad thing? Safety should be #1 no matter who gets upset about the little things. One instance she brought up was how campus safety makes people stop at the gate at night. She said that sometimes people complain that they made quests feel unwelcome when they asked for their ID's etc... You would think if they felt unwelcome, then why did they choose to come visit?

After and before interviewing the dean of student life, I had a few of my male friends visit from another school on a boathouse night. I had them arrive on campus between the hours of 10:30-11:30, which are the prime times where outside people decide to show up to a boathouse on those nights. My past history with this situation have been both good and bad. Last year after certain people showed up uninvited, campus safety would call students to make sure that their guests who said they were there to see a specific student, really belonged to that student. All four of my male friends were the same for each boathouse I had them come to. The first night they came, I did not receive a phone call. After the interview where I brought up this concern, which was the same day as a boathouse, I received a phone call from campus safety asking if my guests were actually mine. Only after my 4 friends had been sitting in my room for 10 minutes telling me about the officer at the gate joked around with them before allowing them to drive through campus. The officer who called me did not mention the names of students or where they said they went to school. Even though I was impressed with how they responded to my 2nd experiment, I knew it had only been because the dean I had spoken with had a meeting after my interview with the chief of security.

Maybe it was a start to a new way of keeping outsiders off campus, or just an attempt to show the students they're doing their jobs, but one thing is certain. I've had more complaints thrown at me by how disappointed students were with their safety on campus than those who had compliments.

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