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Campus Safety Concerns Highlighted in September
Only a few weeks into the new fall semester, security concerns are already popping up at state universities. Western Illinois University reported a sexual assault this past weekend, and Illinois State University has had multiple bomb threats this semester.
To mark National Campus Safety Month, ABC NewsChannel 20 set out to see what local universities are doing to keep students safe.
Milliken offers shuttle rides across campus when it's dark, key card entry into dorms, and emergency alert stations across campus, but maintains the best way students can keep themselves safe is also simplest way-- be aware.
"One of the things they can always do is walk in groups," Director of Residence Life Paul Lidy said. "I think that's one of the things we always encourage students to do. We do have the 1980s technology and we have the blue lights around campus that students can always access. And they can find that all around campus if for some reason at a point in time they need to touch that and call into public safety."
Lidy said most safety concerns come from parents. He urges them to talk to their new students about adjusting to a new environment.