Milligan awarded $166,000 grant from state to enhance campus safety

Published 10:13 am Friday, February 2, 2024

Milligan University was recently awarded $166,805 from Tennessee’s Department of Finance & Administration and the state Office of Criminal Justice Programs to enhance existing public safety measures across campus.
The funds will be used to install electronic access control at residence halls on campus. This new technology will allow security personnel the ability to lock down buildings on campus from a remote location with one quick action in the event of a security breach.
“I’d like to thank the state of Tennessee for making these funds available to support our efforts in maintaining a secure campus environment for our students, faculty, staff and guests,” said Milligan president Dr. Bill Greer. “Milligan has been a safe and welcoming place for more than 150 years, and this initiative is a proactive step toward offering a higher level of security.”
Milligan Village, the university’s newest campus housing, already has magnetic door locks and electronic access control permitting residents to enter securely with school-issued smart cards. This grant will allow Milligan’s other on-campus residence halls to receive the same technology.
Additionally, the grant will enable Milligan to add mobile credentialing to the list of the university’s safety advancements. Mobile credentialing will enable Milligan students to access authorized areas conveniently and securely using devices like smartphones and smart watches.
“Technology has increased our ability to communicate effectively during emergencies through the internet, mass texting, and social media,” said Amanda Bristol, Milligan’s director of information technology. “We are excited to add this technology to our campus because it will increase student safety and enhance the student experience.”

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