RAMSWay Safe Path promotes safety for students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a series of safe walkways connecting key locations, such as classroom buildings, gyms, libraries, residence halls, and parking decks, on Virginia Commonwealth University’s sprawling urban campus. RAMSWay Safe Paths are designed to be consistent with the theoretical framework referred to as CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). CPTED suggests that altering the physical design of communities or areas in which people congregate can deter criminal activity. CPTED-compliant landscaping and lighting, security features (e.g., cameras, ERTs phones), and increased police presence on the paths promote the sense of safety. Further, increased foot traffic provides safety in numbers, consistent with VCU’s current Bystander Intervention initiative. VCU branded RAMSWay Safe Path aluminum signs will designate walkways on both the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, showing pedestrians a preferred route. When traveling on RAMSWay, members of the VCU community will have more opportunities to interface with VCU Police, pass by ERTs phones, and share the route with fellow students, faculty, and staff. By using the path, we all help do our part to promote safety on our campus. Existing organizations and communication platforms, such as VCU Public Relations, Student Government Association, VCU Mobile and LiveSafe, will promote the use of RAMSWay Safe Path to the VCU community. RAMSWay Safe Path will be executed in coordination with VCU Police and VCU Facilities.
Stephen Barkley, Operations Librarian, Tompkins-McCaw Library, VCU Libraries
Mary Beth Heller, Director, VCU Center for Psychological Services and Development
Elizabeth (Libby) McDaniel, Catalog Librarian for Special Collections, VCU Libraries
Kelechi (KC) Ogbonna, Assistant Professor, Geriatrics, Department of Pharmacotherapy & Outcomes Science, School of Pharmacy
Kendall Plageman, Assistant Dean, Division of Student Affairs
Angie Wetzel, Director of Assessment, Department of Foundations, School of Education
John Venuti, Chief, VCU Police
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