To the UBC Vancouver campus community:
As we get ready to welcome new students this September, I want to let you know about the actions UBC is taking to enhance safety on the Vancouver Point Grey campus. These steps follow the recommendations of the May 2014 report by the campus safety working group that was established following a series of sexual assaults in 2013.
The main recommendations we are implementing immediately include enhanced lighting and better landscaping, strengthening of the AMS Safewalk program, additional coverage by Campus Security, and further consideration of closed circuit television cameras for the main entry points to the campus on Point Grey.
Long-term recommendations include a range of educational and awareness-building activities, better collection, tracking and monitoring of safety data, and improved coordination of communications with police and victim support services.
The report is available on our UBC Stay Safe site: http://www.ubc.ca/staysafe
While it is important to remember that UBC’s Vancouver campus has been and continues to be a very safe place to work, live and study, our campus safety working group concluded that our entire community’s safety is enhanced when we all look out for, and support, one another. With the work done to date and with other initiatives that will be implemented over the coming year, we have a great opportunity to build together an even safer, more caring and respectful campus community.
In the coming month, we will be reaching out to our students, and especially to those who are new to campus, as part of our orientation and student communications. The UBC Vancouver campus community can also find up to date information on these developments on our Stay Safe website http://www.ubc.ca/staysafe.
Vice President, Students