How safe are our local universities? Schools release security reports

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Reporter - Robert Bradfield
Photojournalist - David Dycus

MURRAY, Ky. - Murray State University leaders released the 2013 campus security report, detailing all reported crimes during the 2013 calendar year.  While the university reportedly had no crimes in some categories, others did.

"We know that students are coming to college and you know they are experiencing some new freedom," said Associated Vice President for Student Affairs, Mike Young.

He said says that freedom can sometimes go too far. He handles discipline at MSU.  "This is a place for them to live and learn and they are going to make mistakes," he said.

Young had a hand in gathering data for Murray State's 2013 Security Report.  It details the crime, and number of offenses during the last three years.  While the number of thefts is down, there were 47 more criminal damage cases reported in 2012.  The number of forcible sex offenses remained the same.

The numbers trouble Abigail French.  She's the director of Murray State's Women's Center.  While it's her role to help counsel students, she said the ones that come into her office are mainly looking for support.  "They are not necessarily looking to file any sort of formal complaint.  They are seeking services for themselves personally or maybe for a friend or a family member," French said.

French said Murray State offers lessons in sexual harassment, assault and misconduct when students attend registration.  Young says resources like counseling, health services and public safety are important for students, who may feel their safety is at risk.

"We feel like we are being proactive in helping them be safe.  We certainly want our campus to be safe," Young said.

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