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New Safety Measures To Take Effect On USC Campus

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — New measures designed to increase security on the University of Southern California campus are expected to go into effect soon.

The security crackdown, which includes the addition of pedestrian gates, will take effect at the start of the Spring semester on Jan. 14.

KNX 1070′s Ed Mertz reports that checkpoints will restrict outsiders from entering the school from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. unless they are a student, faculty member or an invited guest.

Students will be required to register guests arriving after 9 p.m. and guests will be required to present photo identification.

According to the school, the number of entrances to the campus will also be limited and on-site guards will be provided around-the-clock at campus residence halls to check identification.

Mertz reports that the safety measures mark the first time in USC’s modern history that the campus is restricting access to the pedestrians at the privately-owned university.

The changes come ten weeks after a shooting on Halloween night that injured four people.

The Oct. 31 shootings occurred nearly six months after two USC graduate students from China were fatally shot in a botched robbery blocks from the South Los Angeles campus.

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