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Tennessee State University Implements New Security Policy--Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee State University is adding onto its Security and Emergency Management Plan initiated last fall. After a string of break-ins and vandalism, the school is now requiring all students and faculty wear their I.D. cards while on-campus or at school events.

One person was injured last month, in an evening shooting on campus.

TSU freshman Khadijah Jones said, "It makes me scared. I don't come out around late at that time."

Right after the shooting, TSU president, Glenda Glover illustrated to students and staff the immediate measures taking place: like increasing security in strategic locations and urging enrollement in the emergency text program.

Last semester, TSU also hired 22 more police officers and security guards. New lights and cameras were also installed. The recent shooting didn't involve any one related to the campus. The school says the majority of on-campus involves people are not a part of the university.

Sophomore Jamal Smith said, " You drive around in the neighborhoods over here  to go to the Kroger store or whatever, and you can see that this isn't the best side of town."

TSU will enforce the badge rule starting on March 1st,but many students Fox 17 News spoke with say they haven't even heard about the new policy.

Freshman Joshua Jordan said, " I haven't heard about it. I haven't heard anything whatsoever."

Jordan and other students say they didn't see the new policy posted on Friday on the school website.

Jordan said, "It's horrible communication from staff to student. It's always like that . But  I feel like its a good thing because we do need safety ."

Khadijah Jones added, "It's a big campus they can't check everybody. But it will probably help."

Some students think safety requires a collaborative effort.

Smith said, " The city police should be busy working and watching the neighborhood around the campus, instead of students having to walk around with badges."

"As a school, as a body, as a community as humans... we need to better, " said Jordan.

The school says failure to comply with the new policy could resulty in disciplinary action. TSU says custom lanyards will be handed out to all students before March 1st.

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