To members of UBC’s Vancouver campus community:
Happy New Year!
Welcome back, since this is a homecoming for most of you after what I hope were happy holidays. And a warm welcome to UBC for those students, faculty and staff who are joining our community for the first time.
Our campus has always been one of the safest places to live, work and study. But with no resolution as yet to the series of sexual assaults that took place in 2013, it is important for us to remain alert and help each other stay safe.
For the university, safety is certainly a top priority. We are maintaining the measures we implemented last year following the attacks and UBC Campus Security continues its intensified patrols, particularly at night. The Alma Mater Society is operating extended Safewalk hours, so there is no need for anyone to walk alone on campus after dark.
If you are new to campus, I encourage you to become familiar with the community and its environment. You will find a full list of resources, tips and information on our Stay Safe <http://www.ubc.ca/staysafe/> site. Newcomers to our student residences will also be getting an email regarding safety from their Residence Life Manager.
The university is working closely with the RCMP in the hope these crimes can be solved. If you see anyone matching the composite picture or description of the suspect, please phone the tip lines listed on the Stay Safe site.
UBC is conducting its own safety review of the Vancouver campus. Director of Campus Security Barry Eccleton is chairing the Campus Safety Working Group <http://www.ubc.ca/staysafe/campus-safety-working-group.html>. We plan to have a progress report to President Toope at the end of January and in the meantime, are looking for feedback and ideas. Please send any suggestion you may have to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
A safe community is one where we all look out for one another. Not a bad resolution for 2014!
Louise Cowin, VP Students.