The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents voted Monday to support the U's public safety initiative to the tune of $4.1 million.
WHERE WILL THE MONEY GO?
The investment will pay for short-term safety enhancements including:
-Security cameras ($350,000)
-Improved lighting ($250,000)
-Enhanced building access security ($3.5 million)
WHERE DID THE FUNDS COME FROM?
Repair and Replacement (R&R) funds will be reallocated from previously scheduled projects that will be delayed until future years including tuckpointing, HVAC and sidewalk maintenance and window replacement.
Operating funds will continue to support:
-Police overtime, which has risen to over 550 hours since mid-October
-Increased pay for existing and additional student security monitors
-Transportation options like Gopher Chauffeur, which has provided more than 2,000 safe rides this semester - nearly 650 more rides than the same period last year
"This investment will provide an even safer environment for the more than 80,000 people who visit our Twin Cities campus every day," said U of M President Eric Kaler. "All levels of the University, along with student government, local law enforcement agency partners, public officials, and nearby neighborhoods are coming together to make it clear that we will not tolerate crime on our campus and in our neighborhoods."