Campus Violence: How Safe Do Some Students Really Feel?
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on September 28, 2013 @ 11:46PM
Created on September 28, 2013 @ 4:57PM
While West Virginia Wesleyan College is known for being a quiet and safe place, with the recent number of shootings and violence on some college campuses, some parents and students may be wondering just how safe they really are.
School officials said they have protocol in place if a shooter was ever to get on campus. If a student feels they're in danger, there's also phones located around campus that run 24 hours a day and connect directly to security.
For crimes of a more sensitive nature, like sexual assault or rape, that a student may be afraid to report, there's an anonymous hotline number posted in each dorm that a student can use.
Students said they feel pretty safe, but could see how some crimes could slip under the radar.
High school student Lauren Cvechko said, "Some people are afraid of what might happen. They don't want to tell on someone else."
High school student Taylor Morten said, "I'm sure word gets around. The campus is really small. If you don't want everyone knowing you don't want to really tell anybody. "
School officials said they encourage students to come forward with any concerns they might have.
Alisa Lively, the Director of Campus Life for WVWC, said, "I think at West Virginia Wesleyan, we pride ourselves on campus safety. In our residence halls, they can only swipe in if they're residents. I really think that Wesleyan and Buckhannon are safe communities."
Colleges and universities around the nation are required to annually submit a report stating what kind of crimes have happened on their campus. By law, the report is then made public for students to see. It's called the Clery Report.
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