The PSU campus community was shocked to learn this past April from then President Steve Percy that, without informing or consulting anyone, armed campus patrols had begun again in February 2023. This despite the fact that, over the years, there have been numerous studies and reports on campus safety that recommending key actions which have, for the most part, not been implemented.
In May 2023, the Chapter conducted a survey of PSU-AAUP members on campus safety. Those results, along with a review of the history of armed patrols at PSU, is now complete. These survey results demonstrate that AAUP members feel disrespected by and distrustful of PSU administration. PSU-AAUP members have made it clear what they want and need: Robust shared governance. Transparency. Trained, unarmed, non-police de-escalation teams to address campus safety issues.
Today, we urge President Cudd and the Board of Trustees to change course and initiate a robust engagement with both the research and evidence into armed patrols and guns.