Following the recent wave of insecurity incidences that has befallen the country and the institutions of higher learning like Garissa University College attacks, the University Management and student leaders today July, 8, 2015 held consultative meeting and discussed students security and safety.
Speaking during the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi noted that it has been very hard for him and the University to lose students due to insecurity related incidences. He assured the students and staff of his commitment to lasting security and safety. “We have the capacity, we have the human resource, I call upon all staff and students to work together to tackle the security challenge ahead of us”, quipped the Vice-Chancellor.
A number of security measures have been put in place to ensure staff and students safety, key among them include ; scanning of staff and students while entering campus, perimeter security, CCTV installation at various key points, among others.
Some of the challenges that students face like poverty, alcoholism and drug abuse that could be driving some of them to acts of indiscipline and hooliganism were discussed as well. Student mentorship was proposed as one of the key ways of dealing with students’ indiscipline.
Issues that are of concern to the management include: disruption of learning, destruction of property, indiscipline, rape, intimidation of staff, possession of crude weapons, drunkenness, violence during SONU elections, hooliganism among others.
Present during the consultative meeting included the members of the University Management Board, Heads of Departments and Directors of Faculties and Institutes.