University receives grant to enhance safety measures

March 13, 2020

Detroit Mercy has been awarded a $19,640 grant by the State of Michigan Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program to purchase and install additional security cameras on the University’s McNichols Campus near the residence halls.

The 20/20 Vision grant is designed to ensure continued safety for students living on campus by serving as a deterrent to sexual misconduct. Installation of state-of-the-art security cameras will begin in May 2020 and be completed before students arrive on campus for fall semester 2020. The cameras will be monitoring 24 hours a day to increase safety for students entering the area approaching the six residence halls.

The purpose of this grant is to prevent and deter both sexual assault and attempted sexual assault on campus. Prevention is a top priority for Detroit Mercy because statistics provided by the United States Department of Justice indicate the number of reported sexual assaults is far less than are actually committed or attempted.

Privacy of students living on campus remains an equally high priority for the University; the security cameras will not afford a view into dorm rooms.

This project is supported by the Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program, awarded by the State of Michigan and administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP). Points of views or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State of Michigan or the MSP.