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Jour 402 Story #3

Jour 402 Story #3

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Caitlin StaggJour 401Story #3Police officers will likely be present around campus dorms now that the Student Housing Services at the University of Hawaii Manoa have issued a new policy. Thepolicy is regarding campus life for students who are residents in Hale Noelani andHale Wainani dorms. The policy is on the subject of partying and behavior that hasbeen getting out of control according to SHS Representatives.The SHS Representatives held two meetings with residents, staff members and RAsto voice their response to the new policy. A number of students showed up andexpressed their concern about the policy calling for the Honolulu Police Department on campus.Associate Director for Residential Life Nick Sweeton understands that no one wantsthe campus to turn into a
police state. “I understand that it is intimidating to havepolice near our living areas,” Sweeton stated. “But residents need to understand that 
this is being brought about for a reaso
n.”
 Sweeton described their reason for bring this new policy about:
“The way we hadbeen dealing with things just wasn’t working and we were experiencing a lot of 
disrespectful behavior toward our university staff members here at the Noelani andWainani dor
ms.” He described the issue the
RAs are having with residents slamming
 
doors or being verbally abusive toward RAs when they are trying to issue warningsor citations for noise complaints or other matters.
“This was the main reason we
decided to have HPD present on weekends, to see if that would help our RAs out at 
all.”
 The Office of Residential Life sent out an email to the Noelani and Wainani residentsthat outlined the new policy and regulations. The email stressed that the safety of the residents and staff was their No. 1 priority when creating this new policy. Somestudents however do not feel that this policy would make them feel safer or makethem happier.Senior biology major at UH David Contreras lives in Hale Wainani and says that hedoes not think the presence of HPD officers will improve the safety on campus or
make the partying go away. “I personally don’t want the police standing outside mydoor every weekend,” Contreras stated. “College students are going to party no
matter what and the pre
sence of the police is just going to piss people off.”
Contreras also addressed the fact that there have been multiple burglaries at 
Noelani and Wainani this semester. “If 
they think that having a policeman oncampus will help get rid of the burglaries, that is crazy. The policeman cannot see allover at once so he can do nothing to stop the break-
ins.”
At the public meetings other students, including one who was the victim of aburglary this semester, said they believe SHS staff should be finding new and more

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