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USC adopts new security measures to deter on-campus violence

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 6 — The University of Southern California announced on Tuesday that it will put into place a new set of measures to beef up security on the campus in the wake of a Halloween night shooting and the slaying of two Chinese graduate students near the school area.

Access to campus during after hours, which last from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., will be restricted and anyone entering the school will be put under a compulsory procedure of identifying themselves with proper documents, President C.L. Max Nikias announced.

“The safety of USC students, faculty, and staff on campus is a top priority for me and for my leadership team,” he said in a prepared statement. “Like you, I was unsettled and troubled by last week’s shooting.”

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers are charged with checking identifications of anyone who seeks to attend on-campus events, according to the new regulations. All these measures will be implemented immediately.

USC, located south of downtown Los Angeles, also focuses its attention on the planning, approval and hosting of outside events which used to be popular on the campus. It bans the use of promoters for all social events. The student events will also come under stricter scrutiny as Student Affairs is charged to review all applications.

The rules will roll out immediately and be fully implemented by January 2013.

DPS will also boost the number of officers and yellow jacket ambassadors on the perimeter of campus. More security cameras on the campus and near entrances to campus will be installed, Nikias said.

Four men were wounded during a shooting at Tutor Campus Center on Wednesday night. A 19-year-old Inglewood man was arrested in connection with the incident.

In April, two Chinese students were shot to death by two men in a robbery less than a mile (1.6 km) from the campus. The suspects were charged with first degree murder which carries the death penalty.

The pair of fatal shootings has spotlighted the harsh and dangerous security situations on and off campus which raised concerns that potential students would be deterred from applying.



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