Grambling proposes $18 million campus fence to increase student safety

With eight shootings in five years, campus officials are looking for safety solutions

By: - December 9, 2021 7:00 am
Grambling State University

Grambling State University

Grambling State University has proposed protective fencing around its perimeter to increase safety after having eight shootings on campus over the last five years. The project is estimated to cost about $18 million, according to a letter sent by Grambling President Rick Gallot to the University of Louisiana system board.

The university is requesting approval to add the fencing to its five-year construction plan at the UL system Board of Supervisors meeting Thursday.  Grambling’s construction plan includes the university’s current and future building projects. 

The “perimeter structure” would help control campus traffic for a university that has historically had trouble monitoring outsiders. The school is situated on the main road of the city of Grambling, where people who are not faculty, staff and students can easily access the university. 


The proposal comes after two deadly shootings this year, one on Oct. 13 in front of the student union and one on Oct. 17 in the quad area of the campus. Since the beginning of 2017, at least four people have been killed and 15 wounded by guns on Grambling’s campus. Outsiders — people who aren’t students or university employees — were responsible for most of the shootings.  

The fencing is just one strategy the university came up with for the long-standing campus safety issue, according to University of Louisiana system President Jim Henderson. 


“Grambling has done a comprehensive review, looking for both short-term strategies, mid-term strategies, long term strategies to improve campus safety and security,” Henderson said. “This is associated with one of their shorter, mid-term strategies to enhance access control to campus.”

“I think it’s going to be a great enhancement to that campus.”

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Rachel Mipro
Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro is a contributing reporter to the Illuminator. She has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.