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More Lessons From Brown U.

Friday’s D has a story on S&S, which mentions the following about Brown University:

Brown’s Public Safety has 80 members who patrol the campus 24 hours a day on foot, by car and by bicycle. It employs sworn police officers, who are allowed to carry guns.

At the College, being in a low-crime jurisdiction, we have only 35 people on the S&S staff (and our officers have less training and should be paid less: they don’t carry guns and cannot make arrests.) That is as it should be. Brown has 38% more students (46% more undergraduates and 20% more graduate students) and 17% more faculty members than Dartmouth.

However, unlike what you might expect, the College has 101 more non-faculty employees than Brown (about 3% more) — even though we have 45 fewer security officers. And, as this space has pointed out in the past, Brown’s annual budget is 10% lower than Dartmouth’s, and Brown’s cost for tuition, room and board, and fees in the coming year will be $57,232, whereas the College will charge $60,201.

The only way to make sense of those figures is to admit that our administration is both bloated and broken. Phil Hanlon, over to you.

Addendum: The D’s article concerns S&S’s re-accreditation by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). It quotes S&S director Harry Kinne on the importance of the accreditation process:

Safety and Security is completing a multi-year accreditation process to codify and regulate policies in accordance with the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, which provides coded and regulated standards for 1,200 campus security organizations in 20 countries.

This July, Safety and Security hopes to receive accreditation by retraining officers on appropriate policies and formally documenting all security force actions.

“One of the things accreditation does is it requires you to prove that you’re following your policies,” Kinne said. “It makes you walk the walk.”

In one of the little ironies that the College’s newspaper of record so often misses, but that never escape the notice of Darblog’s eagle-eyed Baker Tower Irregulars, it turns out that the Chair of the IACLEA’s accreditation commission is none other than Dartmouth’s Harry C. Kinne, III himself.

I wonder if the College will pass?


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