We understand that in this age cellphones are the predominant form of communication, but one thing about cell phones is that they are unreliable. Cellphones can run out of battery, get left in dorms and lose signal. We need to focus more attention on increasing on-campus safety in case these circumstances occur in an emergency. In Clemson University’s 2016 crime report, a total of 10 forcible sex offenses, 3 stalking cases, 2 domestic violence cases and 4 aggravated assaults were reported on campus. There are currently 71 blue light emergency phones located throughout campuses [sic], but of those 71 phones, 12 of them are not working or are inaccessible due to construction. Although 71 phones is a great success, this number is immensely smaller in comparison to other universities, most of which have smaller campuses. To put things into perspective, Clemson has 71 phones for a campus of 1,400 acres, while the University of South Carolina’s campus has over 150 phones for a campus of 359 acres. One major concern is that there are very few of these emergency phones in the parking lots on campus, specifically the residential and commuter lots. In these lots, there is at most one emergency phone; however, one is not enough to provide sufficient coverage for the large lots. As Clemson students, we are writing to ask that you and others support the addition of more blue light emergency phones in Clemson’s commuter and resident parking lots.

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