Moonlight Walk Focuses on Campus Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 10-05-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
530-898-4143

California State University, Chico President Paul Zingg and the members of the University Public Safety Advisory Committee will lead the Fifth Annual Moonlight Safety Walk on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Participants will divide into teams to walk through areas of campus to help identify safety hazards, such as inadequate lighting or overgrown brush, and test the blue light safety phones in their area. Campus community members are invited to take part.

The group will gather at Sylvester’s-by-the-Creek behind Kendall Hall at 6:30 p.m. for pizza and refreshments, followed by the walk starting at approximately 7 p.m.

Political science professor Matthew Thomas, chair of the Public Safety Advisory Committee, said the walk is modeled after a long-standing activity at CSU, Northridge. The walk itself takes approximately one hour.

At the conclusion of each team’s walk, the issues they discovered will be entered into a database, and an expert committee (from the offices of Risk Management, Environmental Health and Safety, and Facilities Management) will review the issues. The Public Safety Committee will communicate the findings of the walk to relevant departments on campus.

Thomas said previous safety walks generated positive enhancements to the safety of the CSU, Chico campus.

Contact Thomas for more information at mothomas@csuchico.edu or call 530-898-5738.

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