Debating Student Safety and the Georgetown Campus Plan

For neighbors, it’s a noise issue. For students, it’s a safety issue. For Georgetown University, it’s both in one.

 

The undeniable student noise on the weekends certainly makes elements of the campus plan debate all the more heated. But – more importantly, no doubt – the late-night safety of students is an imperative that the school strives tirelessly to ensure.

 

That’s why two new student safety initiatives – an M Street late-night shuttle loop and doubling the presence of off-duty Metro officers – make so much sense.

 

Georgetown has introduced a new shuttle dedicated to transporting students between campus and M Street on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. This will not only decrease the amount of noise made by students, but it will also free up other “Safe Rides” vehicles so they can respond more quickly and efficiently to other students. These new initiatives are especially welcome given the increase in off-campus crime levels witnessed in recent months.

 

Georgetown students: What do you think of these new initiatives? Will they improve student safety on campus? Join the debate.

 

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Michael Meaney

Michael Meaney is a senior from Tucson, Arizona studying International Politics in the School of Foreign Service, with a concentration in Foreign Policy. He is actively involved in the Center for Social Justice Alternative Spring Break program. Michael is a John Carroll Fellow, and has worked as a research assistant through the Gervase GUROP program. He currently works for the Jesuit Conference Office for Social and International Ministries. During his junior year, Michael studied abroad at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

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