SGA and GSUPD pair up to answer concerns

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Maureen O'Leary

The Georgia Southern University Student Government Association will host a forum about Eagle Alerts tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Russell Union with a panel of safety officials from across campus.

Sheila Francois, SGA senator and junior justice studies major, proposed the forum at a meeting earlier this month, citing a concern about the crimes around the perimeter of campus as the reason that sparked the proposal.

“Though there have been Eagle Alerts we have yet to hear what university police, local police and apartment agents are doing to protect and assure our safety. As liaison between student, faculty and administration it is important that we are proactive as opposed to reactive,” Francois said.

The forum will be conducted to address any issues concerning student safety, as well as how Eagle Alerts are handled.

“Information and personal awareness are the most powerful weapons we have to protect ourselves,” Francois said.

The University Police Department is in contact with the marketing office and the Dean of Students office when alerts need to be sent out.

“The University Police decide on the Eagle Alerts and [GSU] marketing sends them out. The Dean of Students Office sends out all the messages that aren’t alerts,” Kerry Greenstein, associate dean of students, said.

The dean of students’ responsibility is to send campus alerts as requested by the University Police, Patrice Jackson, dean of students, said.

Jackson and Chief Michael Russell, director of public safety, will be at the forum to answer any questions involving Eagle Alerts tomorrow evening.

Russell said, “We’ll talk about whatever everybody wants to talk about.”