B-CU Deploys New Security Equipment and Technology at Start of Academic Year

August 19, 2008

As students return to campus for the 2008-2009 academic year, Bethune-Cookman University has put in place a number of new measures designed to ensure the safety and security of its student body, faculty and staff.

New security equipment and technology on campus includes:

  •  Upgraded alarms on the exterior doors of all residence halls, which also require key card access for entry.

  • New fencing installed on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd, the first phase in front of White Hall.

  • Security cameras on Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd monitored by University security and the Daytona Beach Police Department.

  • Student ID cards that can now be used in the snackbar, bookstore and residence hall laundry rooms to charge items to a student'€™s account.

In addition, the Daytona Beach Police Department will be increasing its patrols on streets adjacent to the Bethune-Cookman University campus and all university buildings.

B-CU is also taking steps to ensure that its students, faculty and staff are prepared for emergency situations, including hurricanes. Student leaders will be trained on B-CU"™s emergency management plan throughout the year using drills and other educational events. B-CU representatives will participate in the city of Daytona Beach'€™s disaster training. In addition, B-CU is petitioning the city to allow use of a digital sign on campus that can be posted with emergency alerts. Current city ordinances do not permit such signage.

President Trudie Kibbe Reed notes: "We are a safe campus with secure access to all residential centers, new fencing and security cameras. We use e-mail alerts and a range of other communications tools to quickly inform the campus community of any safety notices. At the same time, to ensure a safe and nurturing environment for everyone, we expect all members of the B-CU family to follow the institution's rules and procedures."

Additional information for B-CU policies and procedures can be found in the Academic Catalog.

Office of Institutional Advancement

Liz Poston

PH: 386-481-2950

About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers more than 40 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 4,000.  For more information, visit www.cookman.edu.