1. Although your answer is amazingly PC it does not address the fact that we pay 20-40k per year per person to use this facility. I have witnessed these indigent people check out school materials and play with them like toys, consume alcohol and have a family picnic in the middle of the main area. The "public" computers are now completely off limits to those who pay for the ability to use them due to the fact they are permanently occupied. I understand that "state funds" are used to help run the school. However, state funds are also used to run shelters, food banks and all of the other services that are supplied for them. I fail to understand why this is such a problem to fix. Lastly, there is a "Public Library" 1 mile down the road.
2. The homeless population has continued to increase and it reflects poorly on this campus as a place of higher education. Some of them smell absolutely terrible and it is to the point where I have had to move because it was so offensive.
3. I am a professional student here on campus and I am a person who was homeless as a child. I visited libraries constantly during that time, sometimes daily, and was never made to feel as if I was unwelcome. Thanks to those librarians and the tax-paying public I was able to educate myself and imagine a better future.
I would like to thank the library staff and the university for treating these homeless people like the equal citizens that they are. Since our library is a public library, I'm glad that the public has access to our resources during public hours.
I'm grateful for all of the measures in place to make sure that we students feel safe. I wish that I'd had this feeling of safety years ago. This exposure to the culture of poverty is going to end up opening the eyes of some of my peers.
4. As health science student that frequents the Health Science Library, it is becoming apparent that Health Science Library has an increasing problem with homeless/people of less means. On any given day the first floor has many homeless/people of less means loitering. Many are sleeping, eating, talking, using the computers for enjoyment (watching YouTube), etc. Unfortunately this population is a distraction to an environment that is supposed to foster knowledge and learning in a quite/safe place.
As a student, I don’t feel comfortable for myself or other health science students. I’m concerned with student safety and theft. For example, one of the schools on the campus require students to purchase a new MAC costing almost $2000 dollars. If studying alone at the library and the need to use the restroom arises, how does one prevent theft? I understand it is very expensive to keep a library open, but by accepting public funds to keep the library open, the school has created a homeless problem campus. Moreover, for prospective students touring the campus, the homeless problem could lead to non-selection of CU. Is this the image CU wants to portray?
Lastly, I noticed the library is now staffing an off duty police officer.
This too creates the sense that the school/library are aware of the problem and the library is NOT safe for health science students. I pay over $20,000 per semester to attend school on the health science campus. I should feel comfortable in all buildings, walking around campus, and ALL students deserve the same.
Please take corrective action at the library before the homeless problem spreads to the rest of the campus. If I don’t see change, I believe this issue will need to be addressed in a larger forum with CU administers.
A concerned student
5. Regarding the homeless people: I don't mean to sound heartless or mean but the library has become an uncomfortable place to study with the amount of homeless people present. It is a safety concern when we are being asked to let them in when we come before and after library hours, every time I say "No" how do I know they are not going to come after me when I leave at night. They are on the couches sometime second floor and many times on the third floor and snorting while they are sleep disturbing other students (and I've seen students getting frustrated), and I feel that we pay so much money to go to this school but now are losing the best place for our studying environment. I know this is a public library but I feel that students should be the priority.
6. I would just like to agree with the statements about the homeless population coming to the library. This did not used to be an issue (or I never noticed before), and I too am feeling uncomfortable. What can we as students do to try and address this issue??