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Local university makes various security upgrades

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - According to a new White House report, one in five women have been sexually assaulted at college. President Obama says it's an "epidemic" and is calling for increased security on campuses.

Quincy University had a trial run Thursday for a new key card access system. New ID card readers are at nearly every entrance to Francis Hall on campus, forcing students to scan their student ID in order to get into the building.

Director of Safety and Security Sam Lathrop says Francis Hall was their first choice for safety upgrades.

"It is one of the most visited buildings by students, staff and by people coming on to campus," Lathrop said.

All of the upgrades were possible due to a private grant totaling more $170,000. The grant allowed them to not only install key card access, but 21 of security cameras, too.

"We have the ability to look at that camera system in real time and provide information to emergency responders if we needed to," Lathrop said.

Students say they're glad to see new security features on their campus.

"Any random stranger could just walk right now inside the building," Student Fritz Lauriston said. "Now since they have the key system, they have every student's ID, so it's registered."

"To feel that you have to have a card and you have to be a student to get in to the computer lab, it's very reassuring," Student Taylor Jacobs said.

Lathrop says the new key-less entry system goes live in Francis Hall on Feb. 3. Lathrop hopes to add more security features to new and existing buildings.
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