SGA held its semi-annual Safety Walk last week to analyze the areas on and off campus in need of better lighting or safety features.
The event involved 100 SGA members from both the Cabinet and Senate, as well as representatives from Facilities Management, the Auburn Police Department, the Office of Information Technology, Public Safety and the City of Auburn.
Trey Fields, SGA executive vice president of initiatives, said all of these people are divided into smaller groups and were then assigned to an individual zone on campus; they were tasked with the responsibility of making it the safest for students.
Fields said the groups walked the grounds searching for poorly lit areas, dangerous holes or crevices. They also tested the emergency blue-light system to ensure they are working properly.
Results from these findings are being compiled for submission to the University so the process of improvement may begin, Fields said.
“The biggest area of concern was blue-lights needing some maintenance,” Fields said.
Regions such as the North Park deck and Auburn Memorial remain under consideration as the University assesses the necessity of additional blue-lights and better lighting, according to Fields.
The University is working closely with the City of Auburn to discuss a new initiative called the Travel with Care campaign.
The campaign is a new approach toward improving off-campus safety to reduce safety risks downtown.
“We are extremely fortunate here at Auburn to have a very, very safe campus environment," Fields said.
Fields said he accredits the University’s Public Safety, Facilities Management and Auburn Police for making the school safe.