UAlberta student associations debate on-campus policing and security

April 25, 2022
CBC reports that the University of Alberta Students’ Union (UASU) and the International Students’ Association (ISA) have expressed differing opinions regarding on-campus policing and security. UASU recently released a policy that included a review of what University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS) practices should change or be abolished. The ISA brought forward concerns, noting that it explicitly wants to ensure that uniformed officers are present. Recent surveys from the ISA and UASU showed that many international students are comfortable with police on campus and feel safer with police presence, but CBC says these numbers were significantly different from groups such as Indigenous students and LGBTQ2S+ students. UASU President Rowan Ley said that the policy aims to discover what is working and what changes may need to be made, and is not about abolishing UAPS. CBC (AB)