School has begun and with that comes improved safety at Minot State University.
The school recently installed a new type of security.
Becky Farr was on the campus to learn more.
(Becky Farr, KX News) Providing a safe environment on college campuses is a top priority.
Minot State University has implemented new measures to ensure a sense of protection.
(Carlos Lopezavila-Favela/MSU Freshman) "All throughout campus there's those blue posts outside for emergency so I know if I'm outside I can easily just use one of those if I ever need it."
(Farr) Just last spring, the blue light system went into effect.
(Lopezavila-Favela) "They're a very big factor. They're so convenient, they're like, everywhere."
(Farr) Twenty-seven emergency posts are in place around the MSU campus. Each station is brightly lit with two cameras and an intercom system. Students can hit the black button for the security hotline or red for a 911 emergency.
Director of Security Gary Orluck says the blue lights have mostly been used in non-emergency cases, to give directions or safely escort students back to their residence halls.
(Gary Orluck/MSU Director of Security) "I've had a chance to visit with parents and the parents are actually very comforted knowing that there is a system in place."
(Farr) There is a total of 300 security cameras across campus plus a mass e-mail, text and voicemail service to keep the MSU community aware of any severe weather or circumstance.
The university stays vigilant in keeping campus as safe as possible
(Lopezavila-Favela) "I like that when you enter to the residential halls you have to have an ID and all the doors are locked at all times."
(Farr) Campus security also works closely with the Minot Police Department.
At Minot State University, Becky Farr, KX News.
Orluck says security personnel will maintain visibility on campus to deter any possible crimes.
Orluck retired from the North Dakota Highway Patrol before becoming the head of security at Minot State.
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