Security staffing overhauled over summer
G4S Security Officer Whitney Moore sits in the Founders Hall security station at the start of fall semester, 2019. Over the summer, G4S became the new security contractor at Metropolitan State University, replacing American Security. The large monitor (left) displays footage of the security cameras in the building. Students who would like escorts or have concerns are encouraged to speak with one of the officers posted at stations around campus. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

Security staffing overhauled over summer

Metro State restructures operations, hires new security personnel and contractors.

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Security situations prompt campus conversations
View of the skyway to the Library and Learning Center on the St. Paul Campus. The library was the location of two physical altercations over the 2019 summer semester. G4S security contractors are stationed around Metro State to handle such incidents and summon St. Paul police if necessary. Exterior cameras, such as the ones located on the skyway pillar and around the library, also help to monitor campus for security threats. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

Security situations prompt campus conversations

University representatives reach out to students and staff following summer assaults.

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Metro State employee victim of ‘racially motivated physical assault’ on St. Paul campus
The north stairway outside of New Main on Metropolitan State University’s St. Paul campus photographed on June 20, 2019. An assault on a university employee occurred here on Wednesday afternoon, June 19. (April Carlson / The Metropolitan)

Metro State employee victim of ‘racially motivated physical assault’ on St. Paul campus

Share: Metropolitan State University President Ginny Arthur confirmed today the victim of Wednesday’s “racially motivated physical assault” on the St. Paul campus was a university employee. In an email to…

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Opioid overdose rescue kits now on campus
Opioid overdose rescue kits are available in high-traffic areas on campus. The pictured kit is located at the Student Center front desk with other medical emergency equipment. Photo by Scott Lindell

Opioid overdose rescue kits now on campus

Narcan overdose rescue kits are now carried by campus safety officers and available in publicly accessible cabinets.

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Q+A with President Arthur: New chancellor, cybersecurity, campus safety
President Ginny Arthur at the Spring Faculty Conference in New Main Great Hall on February 17, 2018. Photo courtesy of Metropolitan State University

Q+A with President Arthur: New chancellor, cybersecurity, campus safety

President discusses Chancellor Devinder Malhotra, legislative funding prospects (including a potential $10 million for a cyber security center at Metro State), and campus safety in the wake of the Parkland shooting.

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Indecent exposure reveals lack of student safety alerts
According to policy, the Safety and Security Office issues campuswide safety notifications when a situation "constitutes an ongoing and continuing threat to the university community." Safety notifications are distributed via email and paper flyers. They are also posted on the website metrostate.edu/student/university-info/university-info/safety-and-security/campus-security-reports. Photo by Kathryn Ganfield

Indecent exposure reveals lack of student safety alerts

The Metropolitan investigates: Following an indecent exposure incident on the St. Paul campus on Feb. 15, staff and faculty were alerted via email. Why weren't students notified?

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It’s time: Safety of schools and college campuses depends on sane gun laws
Demonstrators rally for gun control legislation in the Minnesota State Capitol rotunda on Feb. 22, 2018. The rally was organized in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14. Photo by Fibonacci Blue/Flickr Creative Commons

It’s time: Safety of schools and college campuses depends on sane gun laws

It’s time to admit it. It’s time to stop denying it. Something needs to be done. America’s unhealthy obsession with guns is killing our kids.

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