Letter to Parents – August 2013

August, 2013

 

Dear UC Parent,

 

On behalf of the University of Cincinnati, we are honored and delighted to welcome you to the Bearcat nation. In the days ahead, you will make that memorable trip to Clifton to get your daughter or son settled on campus. No doubt it will be a busy and exciting time. Before you get immersed in the experience, I want to share a critical message with you: as schools nationwide face heightened public safety concerns, know that UC has taken the lead in making strategic, sustainable investments in the safety and security of our campus and surrounding communities.

 

In November 2012, I launched the President’s Campus Safety Committee—a diverse team of students, faculty, parents, administrators, community leaders, city officials, criminal justice experts, Cincinnati Police Department (CPD) and the University of Cincinnati Police Department (UCPD). This working group is driven by a unified vision to reduce crime, promote safe housing and advance public safety on campus and within the surrounding communities. Already, we’ve made significant strides by:

 

 Increasing UCPD’s total budget by more than 30%.

 Partnering with Duke Energy to install 93 new street lights in the CUF (Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview) neighborhood, in addition to fixing dozens of existing lights.

 Installing additional security cameras (monitored 24/7 by CPD) in crime hot spots within CUF.

 Collaborating with the City to develop a “Safe Student Housing List” comprised of local properties that have been inspected and deemed safe by the Cincinnati Fire Department.

 Launching the “Be Smart Be Safe” campaign to raise awareness about public safety.

 Finalizing a comprehensive strategic plan for public safety.

 

I am pleased to report that overall crime on campus is down 9% year-to-date. But rest assured that we’re neither content nor complete. My administration will continue to make the safety and security of our campus community a top priority.

 

Even so, I need your help. Please talk early and often with your son or daughter about the importance of staying alert and being safe. To access safety tips, learn more about UC’s public safety initiatives or sign up for alerts and announcements, please visit our “Be Smart Be Safe” website

 

As a parent myself, I care deeply about the well-being of your child, in addition to the rest of our Bearcat family. Please know that I will do my very best for you and them.

 

Sincerely,

 

Santa J. Ono

President

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