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Letters: USC safety and public access

January 18, 2013

Re "USC curbs access to help safety," Jan. 16

Your article came across as highly critical of USC's decision to close the campus to outsiders from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., as it is an apparent inconvenience to the public wishing to transgress its borders at will.

The university sits on private property and has a right to control access. It further has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for its students, faculty and staff. If the surrounding community is threatening, local leaders should clean up the neighborhood so that it would not be necessary to shut out nearby residents.

Instead, a successful academic institution that is a positive force in Southern California is disparaged for protecting its students. This is, unfortunately, not surprising.

Patricia Stoner

Fullerton

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