Delays with Michigan State University’s Safe Ride Program

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Safe Ride, it’s a free taxi-like service and it’s something the Associated Students of Michigan State University is working hard to bring to campus.

However, there’s been some push back from MSU.

Getting students home safe after a night out it’s a big priority for ASMSU.

“It’s more than just a ride program but really a safety aspect for our campus, said Domonique Clemons President of the ASMSU.

Recently, two female m-s-u students were criminally sexually assaulted in downtown East Lansing by a ride-share driver.

“What we just saw with the investigation happening is a prime example of why we need a safe ride program like this to keep our students safe,” said Clemons.

MSU is the only big ten school that doesn’t offer a safe ride program to students.

“I think a lot of people in our MSU community are supportive of the safe ride but not as much getting us to the safe ride program,” said Clemons.

Domonique Clemons is working hard to change that.

The group is currently in the planning stages with the safe ride program and they’re hoping for more support from MSU.

“It’s the amount of hurdles and roadblocks that keep coming up we will pass through something we will get approval needed and then something else will come up. At times it feels like they don’t want to see this program happen,” said Clemons.

Clemons says the university should be fighting harder to protect MSU students.

Still Clemons says he’s not surprised the university isn’t responding.

“A lot of times MSU as a university does what they need to do to get by and they’re not necessarily on the cutting edge of programs,” said Clemons.

It’s a trend Clemons is hoping to change on program at a time.

6 NEWS reached out to Michigan State University University Services on its role in the Safe Drive program.

In response they sent 6 NEWS a statement saying “A request for proposal was performed though no decision has been reached at this time. The scope of services is being re-evaluated to determine the best path forward.”

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