By Nick Lang
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Every weekday between 7:30 a.m. and midnight, New Jersey Transit has 20 buses make their stop in front of the Camden County College Blackwood campus. Being that the bus is public transportation, students are not the only occupants on board. With Camden County College’s open campus policy, this allows any passenger to walk off the bus and roam the campus without anyone stopping him to see if he is an enrolled student.That concerns some students.
“In today’s world, you never know what could happen,” said student Sophia Talotti. “You should always take precautions.”
Institutions such as Temple University have security checks at every building. To enter, a student needs to swipe a valid ID card.
“We have ID cards. We should have to use them,” Talotti said.
In the fall 2013 semester, a non-student took the bus to the campus and during that person’s time on campus picked a fight with a student.
Student Tom Concannon, 19, said he believes there is no safety. “Anybody has access to this school. The ID’s don’t get used and they should be used. I’ve never personally seen any issues, but that doesn’t mean they’re not going to happen, because anything can happen.”
Not all students are concerned about the open campus policy.
“I’m alright with the open campus policy,” said student Matt Snyder, 23.
Concannon noted the bus driver may help reduce the chance a passenger wishing to cause trouble will get off at the campus stop.
“The bus driver takes the responsibility to look at each person and would report any strange activity,” Concannon noted.