Michigan State increasing police presence, security at campus events

Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 05:04:23-04

Michigan State Police will be stepping up security efforts for campus events, including a no-bag policy for all events at indoor athletic facilities.

The efforts will also include a more visible police presence at high-profile events, such as home football games.

The no-bag policy, similar to the one already in effect for football games, means all bags such as purses, large bags, camera and binocular cases, and other similar bags, are prohibited at all events at indoor athletic facilities, including the Breslin Center and Munn Ice Arena.

The policy affects not only athletic events, but also concerts and special events at those venues.

Those with medical supply needs can enter an indoor facility via any gate to have their bags searched and tagged. Those with other personal needs can put those items in a clear, gallon-sized bag and can enter through any gate.

Though there have been no specific threats made, police, athletic and campus leaders want to remind members of the MSU community to always remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings.

For a list of prohibited items, click here.

Students who talked with 7 Action News said they understand the need for tighter security regulations.

“It’s probably just a safety measure to make sure nothing happens, when you have such a large group of people in one concentrated area it's very easy for something bad to happen,” said Kaitlin Chanin, a junior at MSU.

"I think it's a good idea.,” said freshman, John Petruno.

Even though they are in favor of the changes, some say it will come at a small cost.

"I know last year I took my backpack to a couple of games because I was going right from class and stuff, so it's kind of convenient to not have to go back home and then all the way back.” said junior, Adam Zbiciak.