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Friday, May 25, 2007

UW Brings Back Campus Escorts

posted by on May 25 at 9:12 AM

The University of Washington is restarting their campus escort program earlier than expected.

From the PI:

The service is in response to last month’s shooting of Rebecca Griego, who was killed by her ex-boyfriend at her UW office, and the mass shootings at Virginia Tech, UW Police Chief Vicky Stormo said.

When guards are not providing escorts, they will patrol campus buildings and offer other security.

The UW had another escort service called UW Cares that was funded and run by students. But that program ended in recent years because of a lack of use. Stormo expects the new program to be more popular.

“We’re in different times now,” she said. “We’ve had some incidents. It’s certainly in the forefront of people’s minds, so I think it’s going to be utilized more than before.”


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I'm happy to hear that the UW is using walking teams for their campus escorts. (Although a nighttime service clearly wouldn't have helped the gal who was shot on campus.) I used to work for the student-run campus safety service at my undergrad school. (Officially called the "Escort Service".) Being a private university, the school provided us with 3 compact cars to haul around students at night. We quickly turned into a de facto free taxi service to take groups of lazy students to/from the bars.

Posted by mary-kate | May 25, 2007 10:11 AM

Wow, I thought something totally different when I read that headline...

Posted by Giffy | May 25, 2007 12:28 PM

Fun fact: Originally UW Cares had only a single escort. The practice was changed to two escorts after Ted Bundy became an escort and used the service to find some of his victims.

Posted by Gitai | May 25, 2007 12:36 PM

re: #3, can't wait for the first instance of a stalker joining the escort group and getting an assignment to escort his target.

That save, a lovely deterrent... that like UW Cares will die off, either after this whole furor dies down or after some girl gets capped by a stalker anyway.

Posted by Gomez | May 25, 2007 1:07 PM

I saw a guy just yesterday with a red polo shirt which read: Seattle Male Escort.

I was less than impressed.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 25, 2007 1:10 PM

Um, yeah, right. They're going to escort every pizza delivery driver, every photographer, every library visitor, etc that hits the campus 24/7? Without a hundred escorts, they have no chance at all of covering every non-student that comes on campus. This is a lost cause and waste of effort.

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