"It makes me feel a lot more comfortable," student Jesse Hastings said.
The news comes at a time when a rash of robberies have forced the university to beef up patrols.
Still, frustrated students are questioning the safety of the city surrounding them.
"I don't think it's outrageously dangerous, but I do think it needs to be treated a little bit like a big city even if it isn't," student, Bernadette O'Reilly said.
Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez was on hand tonight, vowing things would get better, but urging students and residents to do their part.
"This community's got to say; I'm not going to accept that activity, I'm going to report it to the police and I'm going to cooperate with the police," Lopez said.