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SFU students worried about safety after series of recent assaults

Last Updated Sep 6, 2019 at 6:28 am PDT

Simon Fraser University (Treena Wood, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

A student says there isn't enough lighting on campus

The school says anyone who feels afraid can be escorted to their destination

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – Some students at Simon Fraser University are worried about their safety following a series of recent assaults on Burnaby Mountain.

Robyn Jacques, who both lives and works on campus, says the school doesn’t feel safe at night because there isn’t enough lighting.

“It’s completely dark and there’s barely any security,” Jacques says, adding it’s especially unnerving after police issue warnings about sex offenders having just been released.

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“The lighting around residence is horrible. When I am walking right to my dorm it is completely dark, there is barely any security out, even when we have been getting emails after emails about assaults that are happening on campus,” she says.

“So for them to release those statements, for SFU to publish those statements and yet allow for lighting to be completely off at night when young women are walking home to residences – it doesn’t seem very smart to me. I don’t really understand it.”

Jacques says campus security ramps up when there are big events, but then fades away.

“I rate it a four. They really do not take a large amount of precautions to make sure that their students are safe when classes are over and when it’s nighttime.”

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SFU says it is improving its exterior lighting and any student who is worried can be escorted to where they need to go.

“If a student is concerned about their safety, SFU has a 24/7 Safe Walk Program where SFU community members can call to be escorted to their destination on campus by a campus security member,” a spokesperson for the school says in a statement.

But Jacques says they need to do more: “Students have the right to stay safe on campus.”