University updates security measures at President's home

Ethan Zubkoff

Contributing

The University will add new security measures to University President John Bravman’s house after anonymous threats were posted on the Internet in response to the cancellation of House Party Weekend.

The posts, which were made anonymously on several sites, mostly threatened vandalism to Bravman’s home, and most were not credible.

The enhanced security measures include lights, which have already been installed, and a security camera that will be mounted soon.

Chief of Public Safety Stephen Barilar recommended that the camera, which was already budgeted for another location on campus as part of a growing surveillance network, be moved to Bravman’s home partly in response to the threats, according to Andy Hirsch, director of media and communications.

“It is not just solely for the President’s house, [the camera] also covers an area of campus that hadn’t been covered before,” Hirsh said.

The camera will be one in a growing network around campus that Public Safety uses to monitor high traffic areas and places on campus that are considered less safe for students.

The emergency blue light callbox located on the path behind Bravman’s home is the source of a large number of calls and false alarms, according to Hirsch.

“We are looking at areas that serve multi-purposes–for the best interests of the safety of the students,” Barilar said.

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