A new system called the “Campus Keepers” has been put into effect this semester. Its main purpose is to create a positive academic atmosphere on campus at the University of Seoul. In mid-September, twelve Campus Keepers were selected based on their grades from the previous semester. They were put into groups of three and started working two-hour shifts on weekdays, from Sept. 24, 2013.
Their jobs include monitoring the following: violence on campus, damages to school property, and drinking and smoking in unassigned areas. To be specific, the Keepers encourage those smoking in smoke-free zones to move to assigned spots, and restrain any attempts to damage planted trees and pick ginkgo nuts or other fruits from the trees on campus. In addition, it is the role of the Keepers to make sure all motorcycles entering UOS keep within the speed limit and stay off the sidewalks. When there is a problem on campus, the Keepers are told to report the problem to the Office of Student Affairs, instead of taking matters into their own hands.
Keepers are not doing this free of charge; they get paid 4,900 won an hour and their working hours cannot exceed 200 hours per semester. Aside from a monthly wage, they are able to receive additional incentives, such as scholarships for an internship abroad. One of the current Keepers mentioned that they are slowly turning our campus into a smoke-free zone, and he feels very fulfilled with this progress. For those interested in earning money and keeping our campus clean and safe at the same time, try applying for the Campus Keepers this upcoming semester.