Quincy University Safety Measures Increase Due to Grant

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In December of 2012, Quincy University was awarded a 2-year, $171,900 grant from the Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust to support the university’s Enhanced Campus Security System (ECSS).  The enhanced security project is designed to increase safety and security of the university community of over 1,600 on-campus students and staff members.

The first priority of the ECSS project was to increase the security of Francis Hall, the main administrative and classroom building on campus, through keycard access and security cameras.   The university has successfully converted all exterior doors at Francis Hall to keycard access, including the replacement of non-compatible doors.  The university will officially “go live” with the new security card access doors on Monday, February 3rd.

Security personnel can now remotely lock down the building in the event of an emergency, schedule building hours, and discourage unauthorized access.  The university has also installed 21 security cameras in strategic locations throughout Francis Hall, allowing security personnel to monitor the building and retrieve historical video.

The Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust was established by Marion Gardner Jackson, the granddaughter of local industrialist, Robert W. Gardner, founder of the Gardner-Denver Company. Before her death in 1976, Mrs. Jackson set up a perpetual trust to aid religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational organizations in the Quincy, Illinois area and surrounding communities in Adams County.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University is a Catholic, co-educational residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values.  Known as a caring and engaged learning community, Quincy University embraces its Franciscan heritage while promoting the values of inclusion and respect among all of its constituencies.  Approximately 98% of students from all family income levels receive need or merit-based financial aid.