Alabama A&M addresses safety following robbery

A student was robbed at his dorm room at Foster Hall Saturday afternoon. (Source: WAFF)
A student was robbed at his dorm room at Foster Hall Saturday afternoon. (Source: WAFF)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Alabama A&M officials are responding following a weekend robbery that left a student injured in his dorm room.

The Saturday afternoon robbery took place at Foster Hall. According to university officials, a student was approached by three males who took his money. A statement was released to students about three hours after the incident occurred.

The incident left many students worried about their safety, with some pointing out anyone can come and go in their dorms without having a key. The only door they can lock is their own.

With cameras rolling Monday, we were able to gain entry into the lobby of Foster Hall, the same hall at which that student was punched and robbed. No key or card was required to go inside, however we were stopped and escorted out by a security official upon approaching the front desk.

University officials released a statement Monday in the wake of those concerns.

The safety and security of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. We are constantly evaluating our security procedures and physical protection systems, which include lighting, cameras, locks and campus access. Each residence hall is equipped with staff support twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week. University staff routinely informs and reinforces security measures of the residence halls to all students and visitors.

It is still unclear if the attacked student knew his attackers or if they were University students.

While waiting for A&M's response Monday, we called UAH, another major public university in Huntsville. They invited us to campus to check out security features first hand.

UAH has staff round-the-clock just like at A&M. However, there is a key-card system in place; students must swipe ID cards in order to gain entry to the residence halls. Visitors are required to check in at the front desk.

Jessica Head, UAH Resident Director, said these measures help ensure the comfort and safety of their students.

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