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'Night Owls' program aims to keep MUW safe

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A new transport program at the Mississippi University for Women aims to keep its campus safe.

Posted: Aug 29, 2018 9:59 AM
Updated: Aug 29, 2018 10:03 AM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A new transport program at the Mississippi University for Women aims to keep its campus safe.

The program is called “Night Owls.” It launched this fall.

The university says this program provides “prompt, courteous and safe escorts to students, faculty and staff of The W seven nights a week during the academic year between the hours of 7 p.m. and 2 a.m.”

The university says this is an added measure for people who may feel uncomfortable or apprehensive about walking alone between points on campus.

Night Owls will:
• Provide escorts within the campus boundaries.
• Be staffed by trained and supervised student workers.
• Be identified by brightly colored vests.
• Continuously inspect campus when not transporting individuals.
• Report all safety concerns on campus such as campus lighting, exterior doors propped, broken windows, suspicious activity, etc.
• Not operate during holidays and campus closings.

Night Owls Regulations:
• Passengers must present a valid MUW Identification Card when entering the vehicle.
• Persons who are not affiliated with The W are not permitted in the vehicle.
• Night Owls cannot stop for pedestrian "flag downs."
• Ride requests are limited to a maximum of three passengers at a time.
• Night Owls will not wait more than 5 minutes at a location on campus. Passengers need to be outside and waiting for the Night Owls.
• Nights Owls reserve the right to refuse service in situations that put the driver or other passengers at risk.

MUW Police Chief Randy Vibrock added that personal safety is a concern for everyone and that individuals should trust their instincts and report activity that doesn’t feel right or look right.

To contact Night Owls, people can call 662-241-7777.

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