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Title:Safety in the Residence Halls : An Issue for the University or Students?
Author(s):Meyer, Emma
Residence Halls
ANTH285 F07
Abstract:In this paper, I discuss the results of an ethnographic project about the issues that affect residence halls’ safety at the Illinois State University. Using interviews with two resident assistants, one night operations worker, and two professional staff members, as well as participant-observation at the night operations desk in Manchester Hall I was able to study this issue. I show that safety issues are caused primarily to the layout of the buildings, the lack of information that is getting to the residents, and residents not taking the policies seriously. Based on these preliminary findings, I argue that the university needs to take steps to ensure that the floor layouts are more conducive to safety and that this issue is taken into account during remodeling, and that there needs to be a better way of getting information to the residents in case of an emergency or to ensure their safety proactively.
Issue Date:2008-03-04
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-03-04

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.
  • The University and the Community
    This collection of student research interrogates the relationships between the university and the local community.

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