West Virginia Wesleyan College students held a news conference Friday afternoon to voice concerns they have about campus security.
On the Buckhannon campus Friday, a group called ‘Our Voice Among the Hills’ said that its members believe that campus security does not maintain a safe and secure living environment for students but instead threatens them.
The group also alleged that security discriminates against African Americans, women and members of the gay and lesbian community.
One third of the faculty signed a statement agreeing with the students.
“But the purpose was just to show our support,” said Assocaite Professor of Liberal Studies, Debra Dean Murphy. “That we believe in what the students are doing. That we think that the process in someways is being closed off to their voices and so we wanted to note publicly our distress about that and our support for them.”
“The security personnel on campus has repeatedly been showing abusive power through virtual discrimination, through misogynistic action and comments, actions against LBGTQ folks on campus. So we have been trying to combat that, trying to see some serious reform to how the security program here works,” Our Voice Among the Hills Organizer, Jakob Spruce.
“The task force includes student senate leadership, residence life staff, elected representatives, and is chaired by myself and the college’s general counsel,” said Dean of Faculty, James Moore.
Moore said he was also proud of the passion students showed in taking action to voice their concerns. He aims to offer regular updates on the work of the task force as it goes on.