Survey shows UW students concerned about safety

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING 5 News

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Posted on April 11, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 11 at 8:22 AM

SEATTLE -- Student leaders at the University of Washington are getting involved to make safety changes at the Seattle campus in response to the surprising findings of new survey.

A survey sponsored by the Associated Students of the University of Washington found that 13 percent of students have never heard of the campus police department, and most respondents said they are concerned about campus lighting and officer presence.

ASUW leaders are now working with police to address these issues.

"There are tangible steps we can take," said Michelle Nance, chair of the ASUW Senate. “Safety is a huge concern right now, especially for women.”

Campus police agreed to inspect lighting issues, increase patrols on campus and online, and build a stronger relationship with students.

Nance is also leading an effort to create maps showing where the blue-lighted emergency phones are located on campus, and show students areas to avoid after dark.

Students have been especially on edge after a robbery attempt in the University’s ‘Quad’ on March 30. A male suspect grabbed a female student walking through campus at night and attempted to take her purse.  University Police sent an alert to faculty staff and students the next day.

“We’ve always had good encounters with our police,” said Nance. “We just need to see more of them.”

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