Following the robbery of a number of students near DePaul University in Chicago over the past month, the university will require students and employees to carry their identification at all times while on campus.
Beginning Monday, security officers can request IDs from anyone on campus and will be able to remove those “who cannot demonstrate they are a faculty, staff, student, invited guest or welcomed visitor,” according to a message from university administrators. Individuals will also have to show their identification to enter certain buildings and areas.
The announcement also noted that DePaul security officers will increase their presence on campus, and the university is working to improve options for students to get home safely after dark, such as by subsidizing rideshares.
“These changes are necessary, and we ask for your understanding and cooperation as we work together on their implementation. We will communicate with you actively and welcome your input as we review additional improvements,” the announcement read. “Again, please know we are actively engaging with the mayor’s office and our aldermen to impress upon them how much these recent crimes are affecting the wellbeing of our students, their families, and our overall university.”
Some have questioned the usefulness of this measure, Block Club Chicago reported, as the robberies that incited the change happened off campus.