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SU President Discusses Safety Following Off-Campus Assaults

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SALISBURY, Md.- After several recent assaults near campus, Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach is considering measures to prevent future incidents.

There have been three off-campus assaults of Salisbury University students in the past several weeks, and a fourth incident in which a police officer fell to the ground and was slightly injured during a scuffle with a suspected bicycle thief. All of the assaults are believed to have been committed by non-students. Several suspects have been arrested, which Dudley-Eshbach believes should allay some concerns.

"We at the university do not think there is a large group of individuals wreaking havoc. We feel it is a small group of individuals,” Dudley-Eshbach said.

On Wednesday, Dudley-Eshbach met with Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and law enforcement and education leaders, looking for solutions. Some of the proposed efforts include a possible loitering ordinance for areas near campus, a review of staffing of the campus police department, possibly more campus cameras and blue light phones, and further student safety education.

"This spate of events does have us concerned, and we are looking at what we can do," she said.

And she reminds students about a police escort service that is already in place.

"If there is any time of the day or night that students want a police escort from one building to another they can get that, but they need to know about that service,” she said.

Considering at least one of the assaults occurred near an off-campus housing complex, she says there needs to be increased communication in that area.

"Obviously we are looking at how we can tighten things up with those individuals who rent to our students off campus," she said.

Dudley-Eshbach also said there needs to be faster notification of parents after incidents involving students.
            

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