Mich. colleges rethink campus safety; bill would OK concealed weapons
Michigan's public universities are beefing up their campus police forces, installing high-resolution surveillance cameras and taking other steps to prevent campus crime.
After the massacres at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois in 2007 and 2008, colleges refocused their safety approaches with mass alert systems and emergency preparedness plans.
But the Detroit Free Press reports that campuses have also been retooling how they keep students safe from day-to-day crime.
Many colleges now have mounted surveillance cameras that can pan an entire campus while also zooming onto a single license plate.
As students return for fall classes and freshmen adjust to life away from home, college police say that staying safe often requires little more than using some common sense.
Bill would OK concealed weapons at Mich. campuses
A state lawmaker wants to let Michigan residents who have permits to carry concealed weapons take them on university campuses.
Legislation announced Thursday by Republican state Sen. Randy Richardville of Monroe would remove college campuses from the list of places where Michigan law does not allow permit holders to carry guns.
Richardville says crimes occur on college campuses just like in other places. He argues people with the proper training and background checks to get a permit should be allowed to carry guns for their protection while on campus.
The bill will face opposition from groups including the President's Council. The organization representing the presidents of Michigan's public universities says the measure won't make campuses safer.