Universities to ramp up security after lecturer murder

New security measures are underway for university campuses, Turkey’s Higher Education Board (YÖK) said on Tuesday, following the murder of a lecturer on the campus of an Ankara university earlier this month, reports Hurriyet Daily News.

“A study to ensure the peace and security of academics was initiated and several decisions have been made,” said a statement released after a meeting on Tuesday of a joint commission between YÖK and the Interior Ministry. “The … measures include the collection of security data from all campuses … for risk analysis; increasing pre-emptive security measures …; increasing the quality and quantity of equipment which help enhance the physical security; and encouraging scientific research on the causes of such violent incidents,” it said.

The initiatives come in the wake of the murder of Ceren Damar Senel, a research assistant at Cankaya University in Ankara. Senel was shot dead by a student after she caught him cheating in an examination. The Cankaya University law school student, identified only as Ismail H, first stabbed Senel, and then shot her dead with a gun.
Full report on the Hurriyet Daily News site