Athens, Georgia – Over the next three years, the University of Georgia (UGA) will spend $8.5 million to enhance safety and security on and near campus. The improvements will include more lighting, video surveillance, police officers and a rideshare program for students.
“As president of the University of Georgia, I have no higher priority than the health and safety of our campus community—students, faculty, staff, and the many alumni and other visitors who come here each year for programs and events,” said UGA President Jere W. Morehead in a statement on Tuesday.
UGA Today reports that the funds will support the following initiatives:
- “Up to $1 million annually ($3 million total) to enhance overnight transportation options, including a rideshare program for students that would operate every night of the week. UGA is finalizing negotiations with several providers, with details to be announced following Fall Break.
- “$1.5 million ($500,000 annually) for 10 new UGA Police Department officers and civilian support staff to be phased in over the next three years.
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