Saturday’s forcible sexual assault in Escondido Village has refocused campus attention to a growing pattern of criminal events involving peepers, prowlers and other intruders. While these incidents highlight the need for students to redouble their efforts to secure doors and windows, this Board also believes that improving campus safety may also merit further review of existing Residential housing policies. Specifically, the administration should consider a policy under which any Stanford undergraduate can access any other undergraduate dorm as a counterintuitive but effective means of promoting residential safety and solving several minor nuisances.
Stanford Department of Public Safety
The police investigation into an alleged assault on Jan. 3 is ongoing, according to Bill Larson of the Stanford Department of Public Safety (DPS). No suspect been identified, and DPS is contacting local law enforcement agencies for reports of similar incidents.
By day, he and his colleagues patrol traffic safety and report stolen bikes, laptops and cell phones, among other petty offenses. By night, and especially on weekends such as today, they frequently take on the role of campus babysitters. Fenton and other officers’ roles come after a year when liquor-law arrests on campus nearly doubled, according to the 2009 campus safety report.