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permission to use the dogs to sniff out bedbugs. The
student initially believed Campus Life to be lying about
the dogs and assumed it was an undercover drug search.
"That's not cool if that's the first thing I think of — that
my school is lying to my face," said the student. "If the
administration wants the student body to trust them, then
they need to have an open conversation with us regarding
their dealings with students."
The dogs turned out to be exactly as presented, bedbug
dogs, but that does not make the student's concern any less
The majority of students' fears are sprouting from half-
truths passed around from dorm to dorm. Most of the
rumors are just that: rumors.
"Rumors at Guilford are entertaining," said Aaron
Fetrow, vice president for student affairs and dean of
students, in an email interview. "It is like the telephone
game we played as kids. One person says something to a
friend and within a day that statement has morphed and
turned into a gospel truth. Good fun from my seat."
When told about the rumor of undercover police officers
that is currently floating about campus. Public Safety
seemed to be the last to know.
"We don't know anything about an undercover
operation, and we wouldn't know even if there was one.
Probably because undercover means secret," said an
anonymous safety officer.
In fact, the Public Safety officers expressed respect and
appreciation for Guilford students.
"These are good kids," another Public Safety officer
told The Guilfordian. "They're polite — say, 'yes ma'am'
and 'yes sir' — this is a good place to work because the
students don't really misbehave."
The Public Safety officer continued by acknowledging
the general challenges faced, but noted they only occur on
a rare basis.
"Sure, there will be those couple who are rude to you
every now and then or we have to call an ambulance on,
but there's a lot worse out there."
Captain Richard Whisenant of the Greensboro Police
Department said in a statement that he has "no information
to indicate that Greensboro Police personnel are conducting
undercover operations at campus parties."
Captain Whisenant further disproved the rumor of
undercover police activity on campus by clarifying the
department's protocol and mission.
"We coordinate any of our activities on eampus with
Guilford College Security to ensure that there are no
duplication of efforts and, regardless, any action we take
on campus is to ensure the safety and security of college
students, faculty and staff."
There is now confirmation that undercover cops
at The Pines or elsewhere on campus is untrue. It
seems unlikely that a woman is being paid to live in
Hodgins Retreat with the task of reporting illicit student
behavior to authorities. And the bedbug-sniffing dogs
turned out to be legitimate bedbug-sniffing dogs.
While the reality may be that the rumors were nothing
more than rumors, the greater issue remains: a relationship
that relies on trust is strained and Guilford students no
longer feel respected or protected by their campus safety
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