One week after terrorist attacks stirred the Georgetown community, university officials continue to coordinate their efforts toward securing campus and addressing the needs of students.

In a meeting with student press Friday, Vice President for Student Affairs Juan C. Gonzalez said increased security measures remain in effect throughout campus, focusing particular attention on the entrances to the university.

Campus leaders have also reinforced the need for safety to Arab and Muslim students, advising them to stay in groups.

“Safety can no longer be taken for granted,” Gonzalez said.

As of Friday, the university was aware of only two incidents involving verbal harassment of Arab and Muslim Students.

“[In the incidents,] ignorance was expressed,” Gonzalez said. At this paper’s deadline, DPS has been unable to trace the students responsible.

Entrance to residence halls has become more difficult to ensure the safety of students living on campus, Gonzalez said. At the same time, the Department of Public Safety has increased its availability and hours for the production of student identification.

“We’ve also limited the access of taxis and reconsidered having them drive through the core of campus,” Gonzalez said.

Immediately following news of Tuesday’s attack, DPS Chief William Tucker said that DPS began manning all the vehicle entrances to the university, stopping all vehicles to question the drivers about the nature of their entrance.

All vehicles not bearing a Georgetown parking permit were not permitted on campus, except food and other delivery vehicles.

“It is too early to tell how long increased security measures will be in place,” Tucker said last week, but added that they would likely last “until [the situation] around the country is fairly normal and the fear is reduced.”

Gonzalez said he has been in constant contact with University President John J. DeGioia, who has made student well-being a priority.

“Students have come first in almost every decision that the university made,” GUSA President Ryan DuBose (COL ’02) said.

According to Assistant Vice President for Communications Julie Green Bataille, DeGioia instructed the university to make sure that students had appropriate channels to express themselves.

University officials stressed the importance of incorporating student input into their decisions.

“It’s comforting to have a campus that can come together in times of need,” DuBose said.

Additionally, the university has tried to address the different coping mechanisms of the student body by scheduling lectures, religious services and events.

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