On December 1, students gathered at Kean Hall for the Student Town Hall meeting with Kean University President Lamont O. Repollet, Ed.D. Here, students spoke about the problems on campus and the solutions to solve them.
Hosted by the President's Advisory Council, students had the option to either submit a concern they have or to go in person. The meeting began at 5:30 p.m. and opened with a message from the president of Kean University.
“We want you to ask questions, to say how you feel, and most importantly challenge us to be better so that Kean can be the best for you,” said Repollet.
At the town hall meeting, five concerned students spoke up with their requests. While Repollet wanted students to discuss problems on campus, he also encouraged them to bring up solutions.
One student, Genesis Perez, expressed the issue she had to her peers at the meeting. For Perez, she lives in Cougar Hall, but has her car on campus.
“Not only is it inconvenient but it is also unsafe because I work late hours and do not come back until 2 or 3 a.m. So, it is stressful to walk from Vaugn Eames to Cougar Hall at the late hours, which is a 20 minute walk,” said Perez. “I think it would be easier if students, who live in Cougar Hall, [are] able to park in the parking lot there.”
Perez attended the town meeting for a solution and was able to receive one. Vice President of Student Affairs Matt Caruso was able to answer the concern.
“There are police officers on standby who are happy to assist students by doing a buddy system and walking with you if you feel unsafe,” said Caruso.
When a police officer assists students to their desired location it is called a safety escort. The response time for this service is about 15 minutes. If students would like a safety escort, they are free to call (908) 737 - 4800.
The town hall meeting was very successful and answered many student-based concerns. Some of the topics included food options, advising, and Kean online. If students would like to express their concerns or issues, they are more than welcome to fill out this survey.