WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The University of Washington has taken steps to ensure its students can access the campus.
On Tuesday, a committee of the university’s student body voted to prohibit the campus from hosting any events until after campus officials decide on a new campus climate.
On Thursday, the university announced a $2 million fund to help students who have experienced discrimination or harassment on campus.
The new funding comes on the heels of a $3 million grant that was announced last month by the U.S. Department of Education to fund anti-discrimination initiatives.
The decision comes after the university had been in discussions with local and national leaders, including Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Amy Stieglitz, about the need to improve safety and security for students.
“I don’t want to see people be afraid to come to school.
I want to make sure that they have the ability to go to class and to participate,” said Stiegleitz, who is also vice president of communications at the university.
Stieglith said the decision was made with the goal of protecting the safety of the entire campus community.
“We are a campus that prides itself on being a safe environment,” she said.
The university said that while the university has implemented measures to improve security, including installing more police officers, more cameras, and security cameras, it also continues to address the need for community participation and collaboration in improving safety on campus.
“In a statement, the U of W said that the school is working closely with the local, state and federal governments to identify ways to improve campus safety, and that the university “will continue to collaborate with all stakeholders in order to find solutions that will provide the most equitable and effective solutions.