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Quincy University to undergo major security changes

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In the wake of tragedies like the shooting in Newtown, school security has been a major cause for concern.

And now, Quincy University is stepping up security thanks to a $171,900 grant from the Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust.

The project will create a security card access system for Francis Hall, meaning students will have to use a swipe card to get in the building.

That donation will also allow the University to install brand new security cameras at Francis Hall, which is the most used building on campus.

Students say putting in a new security system is a major step in the right direction.

"We've had problems in there before just late hours with people going in there and thinking they're not going to get caught, but obviously it's going to help the security a lot," said Eddie Ragsdale.

"It's an overall great feeling that you'll have that you can go to class not having to worry about anybody coming into the classroom that you don't know," said Jonathan Graff.

And new cameras aren't just being added at Francis Hall, Director of Security Sam Lathrop says the grant will allow them to be installed all over campus.

"Not only will those cameras be able to tell us who might have been traveling the hallways at 3 a.m. but it also might be able to provide us with real time intelligence as to what and where an event is taking place and what's happening," said Lathrop.

Lathrop says the overall goal of the project is to get the entire campus up-to-date security, that will better protect students.

And he says with the addition of the campus wide cameras, and the swipe access system at Francis Hall, the university is well on it's way in doing that.

"Parents and students entrust their safety to us and we take that very seriously and so this is a program that's going to enable us to enhance that, and that's a win-win for everybody," said Lathrop.

Work is expected to start later this spring and the upgrades are expected to be finished within the next two years.

 

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