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President Reed makes announcement regarding extra steps to keep B-CU safe

May 6, 2009

There are an increasing number of violent incidents taking place on our nation’s college campuses.   Students, parents, alumni, college staff and administrators are alarmed and concerned about this trend.  In response to this concern, Bethune-Cookman University has installed enhanced security measures to include keyless entry access to campus dorm rooms, security gates and fencing, and posted security personnel at all campus entrances. In addition to these measures, the University has established an early alert system and provided additional training for campus security personnel and administrators.

To expand these measures, the University’s President, Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed has authorized the installation of metal detectors in each residential center.  Dr. Reed plans to have the detectors in place by the beginning of the Fall 2009-2010 academic year.  The enhanced security measures will send a strong signal to everyone regarding the high priority the University is placing on campus safety. The University has and will continue to work in partnership with the Police Department.  The University has a no-nonsense policy on conduct and behavior in line with the Mission of the Great B-CU.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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