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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)–Virginia Commonwealth University school leaders have been meeting with various groups during the last several days to figure out how to make the campus safe, including Richmond city leaders in the conversation.

Thursday night, they met with the most important group; students. 

Nearly 100 students packed Harris Hall on VCU’s campus, grilling school leaders about their efforts to keep the campus safe. Some of those efforts include hiring an undercover, unarmed security service for additional eyes on the campus.

The university is also making it easier for students to use their smart phones to call for the campus’ escort service.

One student, Gregory Nowotarski, said that seeing the flashing blue police lights is just as routine as going to class. This meeting comes after a litany of robberies on and near the campus.  The Virginia Citizens Defense was also on campus, urging the school to permit guns on campus. 

VCU school leaders are urging anyone who frequents the campus to be on the lookout for suspicious activity.