UNM increases campus security following murder of former student

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Since one of the murders of Muslim men happened so close to the University of New Mexico, campus officials answered student questions, virtually, Monday.

Among the concerns was how the university is working to keep all students, especially international students, safe. 

Most of the questions asked Monday were about campus security measures, like what areas will see increased patrols and if students do see something suspicious should they call campus security or 911?

Students also asked how the university will specifically help Muslim students who are worried they could become targets. 

Both APD and UNMPD will be increasing their patrols in the neighborhoods around campus. 

Students are encouraged to sign up for Lobo Alerts and to download the Lobo Guardian app, so they are aware of any emergencies that happen nearby. 

As for who to call if you see an emergency, UNM Police Chief Joe Silva says 911 is always a safe bet because dispatch can contact the appropriate agency to respond to the call.

Another change the university is making is expanding its escort service even farther off campus.

“Because of the situation we are also evaluating escorting students that are living south of campus, we are doing that right now in a case-by-case basis to get a feel of how many students will be utilizing that service,” said Silva. 

University officials also added that students who do not feel safe being on campus at night can reach out to their advisors to adjust their schedules or set up virtual options. Professors will be making those types of accommodations during this emergency.