Town Meeting Addresses Homewood Security
Susan Boswell, dean of student
life; Paula Burger, vice provost for academic affairs and
vice dean for undergraduate education; Ron Mullen, director
of security, parking and transportation services; Carl
Gutberlet, chief of patrol for Baltimore City.
PHOTO BY HPS/JAY
In what was billed as a town hall meeting, President William R. Brody, other
top Johns Hopkins administrators and members of the
Baltimore City Police Department met with 100 Homewood
students on April 26 to discuss safety concerns brought to
light in the wake of the recent murder of student
Christopher Elser. Elser, a junior from Camden, S.C., was
stabbed by an intruder who had entered an unlocked rear
door to the house where Elser was sleeping.
Pointing out that the university and city already have
strong security measures in place in the neighborhoods
surrounding the Homewood campus, Brody said, "I pledge my
support to double our efforts and make it better." The
goal, he said, is to have zero crime "and certainly zero
incidents with our students."
Among the concerns brought forward by students were
poor lighting on city streets, insufficient "blue light"
emergency telephones and lack of security systems in
off-campus housing. They also expressed a desire for more
frequent shuttle service and for the university to do more
outreach informing students of security phone numbers and
In a recent e-mail to students, faculty and staff,
Brody outlined measures currently being taken and others
that need to be addressed. Among them, the
Office is currently working with iXP Corp., a leading
consulting firm that specializes in campus security, to
assess its systems and procedures. The e-mail letter can be
Baltimore Police and JHU Security have added officers
to the neighborhoods on the east side of the campus, with
special attention to alleys and the rear of buildings.
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