AFTER a string of armed robberies, and talk of sexual assaults happening at the University of West Indies (UWI) St Augustine campus, students took to social media to highlight their frustration.
It has prompted the university to take action.
In a video message to the school’s population posted on YouTube, deputy principal Professor Indar Ramnarine confirmed that on Monday three pupils were robbed on campus near the tennis courts and on Tuesday someone was arrested near the faculty of law and charged with the possession of an offensive weapon.
“A campus security advisory as issued via email to all staff and students relative to the issue on October 9 and a security notice was placed on the campus main social media platform, Facebook and Twitter”, said Ramnarine.
These matters, he said, were reported to campus security and are now in the hands of the police.
Ramnarine said “these issues were isolated” and that over the past year there has been a “60 per cent” reduction on such incidents on the campus.
He added: “on the allegations of sexual offences there have been no reports of these on the campus.”
Ramnarine said that the university has identified several issues which needed attention.
These included the holes in the fencing around campus, an increase in foot patrols, installation of adequate lighting in areas known robberies and attacks on students and the university if working on improving the efficiency of the shuttle service.
The UWI Guild, in a release, called for a meeting of all students to discuss a way forward.
The release stated, “thus far we have seen out administrative members respond to our voice by increasing state police patrols and placing lighting towers in the dark areas on campus (both were implemented tonight-Wednesday). From tomorrow (Thursday) security guards, along with Guild representatives, will be stationed at entry points, checking for student ID’s.”
Ramnarine also made an appeal for students and staff to report all incidents of either “suspected or real” criminal activity which can assist them in helping those affected.