Student safety programs at the University of Rochester

Updated: 08/26/2014 5:51 PM
Created: 08/26/2014 4:42 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

It is move in day for more than 1,300 college freshmen at the University of Rochester but for many students, and even some parents, the excitement of starting college often overshadows the need to have a conversation about sexual assaults on campus.  

With the recent scathing New York Times report about how Hobart and William Smith Colleges handled a sexual assault complaint, students are being more vigilant.

Freshman Liz Botto said, “I know that it's something I have to be aware of but it's not like I'm scared of it happening. I'd like to think I'd know what to do in a situation and handle myself."

U of R officials were not available to comment about the efforts they're taking to prevent sexual assaults. However, the office of the president issued a statement that says in part, “We have and will continue to take every step that we reasonably can to strengthen our ability to deter sexual misconduct and to aid any in the University community who are the victims of such assaults."

University officials say its Public Safety Department is currently training six female officers to assist with sexual misconduct investigations.  

Freshman Christina Stewart says with the issue making national headlines, it's a concern that's hard to ignore. “It is something that I’ve thought about with Rochester. They have really good campus security and they do have the blue light system so that's good. So if you ever feel like you're not safe you can go up and press a button and it should be that campus security will be there in less than 90 seconds."

Campus officials say there will be programs this week and throughout the entire year aimed at helping students avoid being a victim of sexual assault.   

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