Patrols to continue on UT campus after student’s murder

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Additional patrols by law enforcement will continue on the University of Texas at Austin campus, according to the Austin Police Department. First-year student Haruka Weiser, 18, was found dead on Tuesday, Apr. 5. Meechaiel Criner, 17, was arrested on Apr. 8 and charged with her murder. 

Tuesday, UT President Greg Fenves said a Texas Department of Public Safety security review of campus would be completed by the end of August.

Fenves asked for comments and recommendations on how to improve campus safety through UT’s BeSafe website, which will be shared with DPS.

The following areas will be reviewed by the department:

  • Mechanical and electronic security systems, including keys and electronic keys
  • Environmental design such as campus lighting, walls and landscaping
  • Security video monitoring systems
  • The role of security personnel, including commissioned law enforcement officers and non-commissioned staff

University of Texas police will also maintain additional patrols on campus. Students can request a UTPD van to drive them home between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. any evening by calling 512-471-4441 ext. 9 or request a safe walk through the SURE Walk program between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday by calling 512-232-9255.

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