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Statement on Campus Safety from President Jay Hartzell

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The following is a statement from President Jay Hartzell:

The safety of our campus community remains a top priority for the university. In light of recent events, I am directing UTPD to increase its patrol in the west campus area and develop additional options to enhance safety for our students. While this area is the City of Austin’s jurisdiction, we recognize that the best outcomes will stem from a coordinated effort between UTPD, the Austin Police Department and the State Department of  Public Safety. Our new efforts will build on the $8 million investment from our Board of Regents to create a campus patrol district, hire new officers, install a network of security cameras, and establish a UTPD west campus satellite office. I appreciate the work of our university law enforcement and the Mental Health Assistance and Response Team, as well as their unwavering commitment to protect our students, faculty, staff, and visitors.