Welcome back! We are delighted that you are here, and we hope your semester is off to a good start.
Enrollment for the spring looks to be strong again, thanks to our excellent academic programs and our efforts in recent years to expand and enhance your campus. About 200 students have settled into our newest residence hall at Quaker Square, where they are getting use to living in rooms without corners. The rooms are circular, since the building consists of 36 silos that once held grain. The students are getting back and forth to campus on our new Roo Express shuttle service, which travels between the residence hall and the traffic circle by the Goodyear Polymer Building. The shuttle is free to all students. You can read more about it here.
Later this semester, we will announce which academic programs and other services will use the non-residence space within Quaker Square. Also this semester, probably in April, we expect to break ground on the multi-purpose complex that will include a football stadium. Announcements about that event will appear in Zipmail; I hope you will make it a point to attend when the event is scheduled.
As our enrollment numbers attest, the University is attracting a lot of interest. Our metropolitan environment provides plentiful career and entertainment opportunities: jobs, internships and co-ops; arts, culture and entertainment; and yes, in the spring and summer — baseball. Unfortunately, such high levels of activity and population also appeal to criminals, as we have seen in recent events that have drawn attention to safety and security. Crime is an unfortunate fact of life throughout our nation, and college campuses are not exempt. However, our campus experiences fewer crimes per 1,000 students than almost any other campus of our size situated in urban areas. See the chart here.
Our highest priority at UA is your safety. We take this responsibility very seriously:
- We have 33 officers on our police force, with plans to hire another seven this year.
- We have over 200 emergency phones across campus, most with blue lights on top of them for easy identification.
- A campus patrol service is available to escort you between campus locations between 5 p.m. and midnight on school nights — just call 330-972-7263.
For students who live in nearby neighborhoods, officers from our police department will come to your house and conduct a safety audit for free. Our officers will:
- test the adequacy of your locking system;
- study all entry points and offer suggestions to improve their security; and
- offer tips about exterior lighting and other tactics to deter would-be criminals.
To arrange for an audit of your house, call the UAPD at 330-972-5914 (if no answer, please leave a message).
Also, UA’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Services Team will conduct free personal safety and self-defense training five times during the spring semester. The sessions will be held:
- Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 8 to 10 p.m. in Memorial Hall
- Monday Feb. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Memorial Hall
- Thursday, Feb. 28 from noon to 2 p.m. in Student Union 335
- Thursday, March 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Polsky Building
- Wednesday, April 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Memorial Hall
Please preregister by notifying Officer Joann Boling at 330-972-5782 or JBoling@uakron.edu.
The Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Services Team’s Web site also has useful information. Also, this page has a number of safety tips from our police department.
Please be assured that we will continue to work hard to provide a safe learning environment for you.
Best of luck with your academic pursuits.
Dr. Charles J. Fey
Vice President of Student Affairs
The University of Akron