The inaugural AUN Residential Security Seminar Series which kicked off on November 18 has highlighted the importance of synergy between Student Affairs and Security for the fulfillment of safety objectives on campus.
The partnership idea was first floated by Dean Byron Bullock of Student Affairs, who said both offices had a responsibility for the holistic development of young students who are being groomed for real-life challenges ahead.
He said their primary reason for coming to AUN is to excel in their academic and life activities, and that, “while they're here, they spend time to understand what it is like to be in the real world."
Thus, he emphasized the need for both offices to organize safety and security activities centered on education and targeted at helping the students to become good citizens.
However, there are rules each student must acknowledge, the Dean explained. “Part of our responsibility is to make sure that our students understand the law and that there is a code of conduct, and we tell them the kind of behavior we expect of them.”
The Dean said his office had trained staff members who ensure students understand the rules. "We constantly have to create a learning environment on this campus for these young people...if we keep students engaged, we will see less negative behavior." He urged the Security office to partner in this regard.
The Security Coordinator Lionel Rawlins said both Security and Student Affairs offices had one target in common: to protect life and property on campus. "We have to do what we have to do to work together." Dr. Rawlins said team work is central to achieving the goals before them, and emphasized quality training for security officers for efficiency.
He promised more seminars that will be held to equip staff on safety and security as it affects student life.