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Penn State plans to upgrade on-campus housing

By: WJAC Web Staff

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State planned a multimillion-dollar renovation to its on-campus housing including security upgrades.

Some of the dorms on the Penn State main campus are more than 90 year old and are showing their age inside and out.

Officials from Penn State said it is time for a major renovation and security is one of the top priorities.

More than 14,000 students live on the campus and the 56 dorm buildings are not meeting the needs of todays students.

We know we have to do amenities air conditioning private baths, said Senior Penn State Housing Director Stanley Latta.

Most important is security and monitoring who is going in and out of the dorms are a must.

We think of cameras as deterrents seen on camera. Review the video, said Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham.

Not only are they adding additional security cameras, but officials said they are changing how students access the buildings.

Not only will they swipe into their hall, theyll swipe into their rooms, said Latta.

This is to make dorms safer and Penn State police said most crime that happens are inside resident halls by people who occupy them.

Students are advised by officials to keep an eye on their surroundings and neighbors and are told to not be afraid to call police.

With updates student buying in is so important it only works as good as they want to utilize the upgrades, said Latta.

The renovations are only in the planning stages and it could take years before the construction starts and decades until it is completed.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times