About 30 Old Dominion University students have assisted campus police as patrol aides – looking for suspicious activity, escorting students at night and answering phone calls for the Safe Rides program.
On Friday, a campus police sergeant emailed them to say the program and their $8.15-an-hour jobs were coming to an end because of budget cuts. But the university says the sergeant jumped the gun, and Police Chief Rhonda Harris only wants to “revamp” the program.
Either way, the students don’t know whether they’ll be helping patrol campus in the fall.
“What we’ve been told constantly is we’re the eyes and ears of the police,” said Hope Gordon, a senior from Hampton who supervised the student patrol aides. “It was a complete surprise to everyone.”