Campus safety forum open to all

By Will Otto - Staff Reporter



Highline will host a public safety forum addressing current safety on campus next week.

 The forum will go over public safety, student conduct, and classroom safety, on Thursday, Jan. 26, in Building 7 at 1 p.m.

A representative from the Des Moines Police Department will also be attending to address community safety in the Highline area, as well as statistics on hate crime and how the soon-to- be president, Donald Trump, has impacted hate crime in the community.

 Public safety is extremely important for students at Highline and should be taken very seriously, a top safety official said. 

"Be aware of your surroundings," said Highline Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management David Menke. 

Don't travel alone if it's dark, and if you have to, make sure to stay in a well-lit area, said Menke. 

Highline free-speech policy will also be discussed and how the wake of President-Elect Trump being inaugurated might affect it. 

Students should also be cautious when leaving property unattended in their vehicles, inside the library, and the student union, said Menke. 

Even just leaving to use the restroom, people have gotten their belongings stolen.  If you can, take your property with you or have a friend watch it.

Students are encouraged to attend, Menke said, to become more aware of what is going on in the community, and to ask questions. 

Highline Public Safety officials and representatives from the Des Moines Police Department will be available for questions about safety in general.   

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