ULV takes on new security measures
September 20, 2002
This fall semester, the University of La Verne has taken new safety
precautions to ensure the security of its students.
ULV students have now been issued an identification number to replace
the use of their social security number.
Under the SB168 Consumer Protection Law, banning the use of social security
number protects the identity of the student.
This law was issued last October and went into effect in July, 2002.
"The planning and rewriting of this program cost the university
quite a bit, but it was the best thing to do," said Marilyn Davies,
As opposed to private institutions, state schools are not required to
follow the SB168 law. Not all private institutions have followed this process,
and students in certain schools were already using an identification number,
"We went ahead and made the change from social security number
to an identification number to fully protect the students," Davies
Although for some freshman students, the transition was not a big one,
they still believed it to be a better idea. "We used identification
numbers in high school, so its not a change at all," said Jackie Avilez,
"I never expected that we would be using our social security numbers
out in the open. For confidential reasons and general safety, it's better
to use an identification number," Avilez said.
New security golf carts and parking permits are also new safety measures
that have been taking place this semester.
Two new security golf carts are now in the campus, but only one is in
As opposed to the old golf carts, these new carts are street legal vehicles
that have turn signals, horns and lights.
"They are a big advantage. Because these vehicles are street legal,
we can use public streets to get to one end of the campus to the other much
faster," said John Lentz, director of campus safety and transportation.
"Plus, they have a more professional look."
The new golf carts can travel up to the speed of 25 mph, as opposed
to the ones used last year, which could only travel up to the speed of 13
The old parking permits, which were hung on the rearview mirror, were
replaced due to students who complained of being stopped by police for having
their parking permits cause a vision obstruction.
"A lot of students would put it up and take it down. The permit
would fall or blow out the window," said Lentz. "If we have something
permanent that would stick to the car, then there will be no vision obstruction,"
The new parking permit is a laminated sticker that should be put on
the driver's side, in the bottom left-hand corner. This location of the
parking permit sticker should not be a vision obstruction to the driver,
The use of the original parking permit was initiated in La Verne three
years ago. "We needed to control parking in our lots. Non ULV students
were using our parking facilities," Lentz said.
Overall, there has been mixed reaction on the new parking permits, Lentz