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Police called to Nashville hotel used for TSU housing 298 times in two years

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Best Western on Brick Church Pike where Tennessee State University (TSU) is housing overflow students has had 298 responses by Metro Police in the past 2-years. 

Those students applied to live on campus and reached out to FOX17 News because they were worried about their safety.

TSU tells FOX17 News their students staying at the Best Western haven't reported any  issues to the university but parents and students tell us they're worried about safety.

A TSU sophomore who wants to remain anonymous says they're living at the Best Western and the hotel is nice but the area is not.

“ I want to feel safe, where I'm supposed to be laying my head, I would rather you know, be somewhere close to campus where I know I have the security that I need. But I can't get that this year.”

TSU tells us safety is their top priority and they have 24- hour security measures for students forced to live off campus.

We crunched the numbers from the dispatch – 298 calls from August 2020 to  August 2022 at this Best Western.

Last month, there were calls about a suspicious person, theft, a holdup robbery and two reports of shots fired on the same day during different times.

That sophomore says they're hoping for the best. “I really do not want to have to worry about, you know, things like that going on while I'm trying to focus on school ”

TSU also says their police department, Metro Police, armed and unarmed security personnel along with residence hall staff will monitor the premises.

FOX17 reached out to TSU  today to ask them for their response on the call logs for Best Western and got the following response: 

“TSU students were housed for one semester at the referenced property from mid-August to the beginning of December in 2021. During the four-month period, the University thoroughly investigated calls for service inside the property, including possession of an illegal drug by a student, a verbal altercation between two students, a suspicious male that was later found out to be an employee, a student not paying for a meal delivery service, and a former student reported as a squatter with a weapon in which no weapon was found. None of these warranted any additional police involvement following the initial investigations. We were aware of some criminal activity in the area and increased patrol from Metro Police and TSUPD as a result. Prior to housing students at the site, TSU installed a fence as an additional safety measure for more control over the property and has access control of all our off-campus housing facilities as we have had in the past. Students will be the only individuals at these locations. We have a comprehensive 24- hour security plan for each off-campus location. TSUPD, Metro Police, armed and unarmed security personnel, along with residence hall staff will monitor the inside and perimeter of all off-campus housing as they have in the past. It is our hope that these intentional safety measures will bring a level of comfort to our students and parents.”

Meanwhile, the TSU sophomore is taking matters in his own hands,  "I did order pepper spray and a little match to put on my door just in case. So I think I'm prepared enough to go. But I shouldn't have to go to the extraordinary just to make sure that I am safe. But I mean, it is what it is I guess.

The University tells us they will have other safety measures to make sure the students have the best learning environment so they can thrive.

Submit your Crisis in the Classroom tips to news@fox17.com or by calling our tip line at (615) 266-4149. 

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