Staff manages summer safety

Heather Scarlett

The beginning of summer classes brings changes in security, both on campus and online.

Brian Hellwig, security manager for the Office of Safety and Security, said the security office does not expect as many problems during the summer session as it would during the fall and spring semesters.

The escort service and campus patrols will still be in place.

“The escort service goes from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. seven days a week. If a student needs the service, they can call (330) 672-2212 and will be connected through the campus police,” Hellwig said.

The security office patrols occupied and unoccupied residence halls on a daily basis to make sure the buildings are secure and no doors are left open, Hellwig said.

Security guards will patrol the parking lots on campus, Hellwig said, but students still need to be aware of their surroundings and should walk in pairs if it is dark out.

Technology security will also be undergoing change this summer.

Director of Network Services Greg Seibert, who oversees technology and security over the summer, said he wants these to include a drop in the number of complaints against students sharing music files as well as progress on an intrusion and monitoring project. The project is meant to keep the university programs safe and protect sensitive data.

The department of security and compliance is also working on updating passwords for FlashLine e-mail accounts.

“Between June 15 and the end of July they will be trying a test case by changing the passwords of 2,500 to 3,000 administrator’s accounts,” Seibert said.

Eventually, the department would like to start changing passwords for the 100,000 FlashLine e-mail accounts, he said.

In an e-mail to students during spring semester, Seibert wrote, “Similar to just about everything associated with the Internet, the wonderful doors that these technologies open are sometimes accompanied by unintended and undesirable consequences.”

Seibert said student should use caution with their e-mails and watch out for scams. If a student receives an unsolicited e-mail and didn’t contact the sender first, he or she should try to confirm the e-mail at a known phone number if he or she is interested before responding.

Contact general assignment reporter Heather Scarlett at [email protected].