Kent State University has experienced safety issues in the past that as students, we would like to address and improve. Major events like convocation, commencement, sporting events, concerts, Destination Kent State, and others have experienced situations where a major emergency has occurred, and because of the populated area they were not addressed in a timely manner. We’ve found that the response time for indoor emergencies are less than adequate, especially within populated areas. Addressing and improving our safety measures on campus could potentially help prevent more emergencies from happening or at least make them less severe. We plan to approach this problem by interviewing emergency services on campus, other students who may have experienced safety issues in the past, and research of other college campuses and their safety protocols. A few of our team’s possible solutions include installing emergency buttons inside populated buildings on campus, implementing specific first aid training into FYE courses, and increasing overall safety awareness throughout campus.
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