AUSTIN — A comprehensive review of safety and security at the University of Texas’ flagship campus that was ordered after the first murder on campus in 50 years will be complete in August, UT President Gregory Fenves has announced.
In a statement, Fenves said the Texas Department of Public Safety is expected to complete by fall the first overall examination of security — covering everything from electronic security systems and keys to campus lighting and security video systems to the role and activities of security personnel.
Fenves ordered the study after the body of Haruka Weiser, 18, a first-year student from Oregon, was found along Waller Creek in the first slaying on campus since Charles Whitman went on a sniper rampage in the UT Tower in 1966. He killed 16 people and injured dozens more before he was shot and killed by police.
“Maintaining a safe campus is a top priority at UT,” Fenves said, noting the security study will include the main Austin campus, along with the J.J. Pickle Research Center in North Austin, graduate student housing, parking garages and other university-owned satellite facilities.
Fenves said that while the review is underway, campus police will maintain additional police patrols.
A homeless teenager, Meechaiel Criner, has been charged with murder in Weiser’s death.
This article was published in the Houston Chronicle April 20, 2016.