Ryerson security published 15 alerts online today after over a month-long silence

The last security incident alert dated Feb. 6, 2018 sent by Ryerson security at time of publishing.

By Lisa Cumming and Ilina Ghosh

The last time Ryerson University Security and Emergency Services sent out a security incident email was on Feb. 6.

“There has been a delay in putting them out in the last couple of weeks,” said Johanna VanderMaas, manager of public affairs for Ryerson.

The Ryersonian made requests to speak with members of the Ryerson security team on Thursday, March 15, and were told that Ryerson security would be issuing a statement on Monday, March 19 about the lack of security emails.

On Monday, Ryerson security updated its website with 15 alerts, after almost a month-and-a-half-long break. The alerts dealt with incidents that had happened as far back as Feb. 10.

Denise Campbell, Ryerson’s executive director of community safety, issued this statement to the Ryersonian Monday night:
“The Community Safety and Security department underwent staffing changes in early February, resulting in a shift in internal responsibilities.
“As the new leader of this department, I wanted improvements to be made to these alerts to address concerns, specifically around clarity, language and formatting. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, including the shift in responsibilities, alerts were postponed, which was not the intent. This was a human error that will be rectified immediately.
“The security alert website has been updated to include any security alerts that should have been posted during this period and security alert emails will resume immediately.
“Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention; protocols have been put in place to ensure this doesn’t happen again. We are currently working on improvements to the security alerts and the website that will improve accessibility, provide updated resources for campus safety and create greater transparency around the way we define and report incidents on campus.”

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