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UMES Holds Town Hall on Public Safety, Education

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The UMES town hall meeting was held Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (Photo: Kyle Carter) The UMES town hall meeting was held Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. (Photo: Kyle Carter)

By Kyle Carter

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.– Students at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore took the offensive during a recent town hall meeting, chiding teachers and administration to “do better.”

Students and staff were among those in attendance at Tuesday afternoon's gathering to discuss recent events involving students and some staffers and what the school can do to assure safety and peace on campus.

Juliette Bell, university president, started the meeting by saying, “No doubt, this is a tough time for our university.”

Bell opened with recent armed robberies that took place in off-campus housing, chiefly when the robberies occurred.

School officials were criticized for failing to quickly notify students -- who had to find out through social media about the incident.

However, campus police have said that Talons South - a student apartment complex where the robberies occurred - is not in their jurisdiction, and therefore is patrolled by the Princess Anne Police Department, which also handled the crime investigation.

Students shared concerns that campus police don’t do enough to protect students. Another student brought up the fact that a freshman at the school was raped in off-campus housing, and nobody knew about it, saying, “We should not have to find out about this through social media.”

Various students also shared complaints about the quality of instruction by some of the professors at the university, claiming extra help beyond class hours is rarely offered. Discouraging comments such as, “You’re going to fail your next test,” led one student to voice an opinion that "teachers don’t care if we pass or not.”

At the end of the town hall, a panel of administrators that hosted the gathering told students they need to take a more proactive and independent route to their academic success and rely much less on instructors.

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