Finlandia University has received $47,589 from the Michigan Department of State Police and Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program reimbursement grant initiative for sexual assault prevention technology upgrades.

According to a news report, the University will use these funds to add a new camera security system, adding 50 to 70 new cameras across campus to help simplify personnel patrolling capabilities and efficiency. The funds will upgrade the RFID card access system and enhance campus LED lighting, as well, notes the report. 

Michigan’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program and the Michigan Department of State Police, adds the report, distributed upwards of $1 million in grant funding to 23 Michigan educational institutions to help prevent sexual assaults on educational organizations’ campuses.

“When investigating complaints of sexual violence, video footage is invaluable for establishing timelines and identifying witnesses,” Dean of Students Erin Barnett said. “Ensuring the safety of students, faculty and staff continues to be a priority for Finlandia University.”

“I would like to extend a huge thank you to the State of Michigan Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program for their support in helping upgrade our security measures and safeguarding the Finlandia University campus and personnel,” Finlandia’s Head of Campus Safety and Security, Brandon Bell, said.