EMU Student Body President Impressed With Safety Improvements
Eastern Michigan University's student body president says the improvement in safety on and off campus from a year ago is "100 percent." Desmond Miller and his fellow students return to class Wednesday.
Miller says EMU and the city of Ypsilanti have made safety a priority in the wake of the off-campus murder of student-athlete Demarius Reed last October and the un-solved homicide of student Julia Niswender in her off-campus apartment in December of 2012.
Still, Miller would like to see EMU do a better job of connecting with the city.
"I think building that relationship and having a stronger relationship between EMU and Ypsi is a huge thing, and can solve a lot of problems," Miller says.
"We've tried to set up monthly meetings to check in between each other, to see what things from a student standpoint want to see improved, and what things from the city's end what they were doing to be improved. So it's been a lot of great work, which I'm very happy about."
Miller says adding more EMU police officers and improving lighting on and around campus have made a big difference.
The university has also installed additional security cameras and automated external defibrillators around campus, and is renovating its public safety offices to accommodate the newly hired officers.