The evolution of fraternity patrols
By Samantha Praman-Linton ‘16
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013
Updated: Monday, April 22, 2013 09:04
In his 30 years as Lafayette’s Public Safety Director, Hugh Harris has been a part of many initiatives that have made the college a safer environment.
One notable change that has happened in recent years is the evolution of the fraternity patrol program. Years ago, fraternity patrols were done by members themselves who were required to regulate activities in the houses.
Those years are long gone.
After about a semester or a year into the program, the fraternities approached Harris.
“We don’t feel that we are able to do this with our own people enforcing rules on their brothers,” the brothers told him.
They asked Public Safety to take over the patrol program
With additional funding from the college, Public Safety was able to patrol the fraternity houses. This practice of having Public Safety officers enter and monitor fraternities was common on campus over the years. Last year when a review was conducted, it was decided that Public Safety patrols would not be directed at just fraternity houses.
Harris said, “[It would be] directed at all residence units on campus.” Although Harris is leaving in July, he hopes the Public Safety department and his successor will continue to work on expanding the physical space of the department, either in Marquis or another building.
Also, he would like to see the Public Safety department at Lafayette become accredited either by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association or International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators. The department has already “put some of the pieces together” toward this goal says Harris.
“[I would like] the continuation of the upgrading to a closed-circuit TV system,” Harris said. In addition, he hopes to see the replacement of analog cameras with digital cameras.
One of Harris’s final acts as Public Safety Director will be facilitating a “smooth transition” for the department and the new director.