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UI named one of top four safest Western colleges

February 4, 2014

By Sunny Browning, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Moscow, Idaho

Feb. 04 --The University of Idaho was recently named one of the top four Western colleges for safety and security by Safewise.com . Recognized for its many programs and campaigns, the university promotes students taking care of each other and taking personal actions to eliminate crime on campus. In 2012, the university merged Emergency Management and Security Services, Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety to create the Department of Public Safety and Security . The department was acknowledged for its regular patrol and checks of all the campus buildings throughout the day. Campus Security Authorities are recognized university staff, coordinators and advisors who have taken a CSA training course to report any crimes or threats in the university community. The Threat Assessment and Management Team, comprised of representatives from Academic and Student Affairs, Human Resources and the Moscow Police Department , was developed to assess threats and implement plans and protocols to avoid acts of violence. The Campus Security Team is on patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays and academic breaks, to ensure the safety of students and staff. Beyond looking out for criminal activity or violence on campus, they also provide campus "safe walks" for anyone who would like to walk home with a security officer, jumpstarts and flat tire inflation, and assistance with after-hour building and office lookouts. The recent launch of the I Got Your Back campuswide campaign promotes Vandals looking out for each other, educating and training students, staff and faculty on ways to step in and offer the appropriate resources. It offers a five-step response to watching out for your neighbor: notice the event, investigate, assume responsibility, know how to help and step up. The campaign acknowledges emergency situations, alcohol and drugs, violence prevention and sexual assault, mental health and bias incidences. I Got Your Back was the theme for the second-annual Safety Week at the University of Idaho this past fall where students could learn more about helping friends and strangers, stalking and social media and tracing the Green Dots on campus, part of the Green Dot Philosophy. "We try to promote watching out for your fellow Vandal and looking for signs of trouble," said Daniel Trautvetter , health and education coordinator for the UI. "We give out T-shirts and buttons for people to wear so others know that is someone you can trust and a Vandal that will look out for you." Any student can be a part of the I Got Your Back campaign. The buttons and T-shirts are handed out across campus with the overall message of the program and the opportunity to be involved in campus safety trainings. "We would like all Vandals to be involved," Trautvetter said. The Green Dot Philosophy was implemented with the slogan "No one has to do everything. Everyone has to do something." It is one of the Violence Prevention Programs at the university to inspire people to intervene or prevent acts of violence across campus. The vision behind the Green Dot is that individual safety is a community responsibility and bystanders should take preventative and necessary actions to help those around them. The Women's Center sponsors Take Back the Night, an annual rally and march to address sexual assault and domestic violence in society. Campus and community members have the opportunity to break the silence and take a stand against discriminatory violence. "Take Back the Night sends the message that we will not tolerate, will not accept, will not stand for any type of violence against our community, no matter to whom it is directed -- women, men, LGBTQ individuals, members of our multicultural community or any other group," the group's website says. The 12th annual "Vagina Monologues," sponsored by the UI Women's Center , is an anti-gender-based violence play that is part of the global activist campaign known as V-Day. The movement promotes awareness to stop violence, including rape, battery, incest and sex slavery, against women and girls. The "Vagina Monologues" will be performed 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Kenworthy Theatre in downtown Moscow . Tickets for the play are available through the Women's Center for $12 or at the door for $18 . All ticket proceeds will directly benefit local violence agency Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, the international V-Day campaign and other programs on campus aimed at reversing the prevalence of rape. As part of the larger V-Day campaign, the Women's Center will host the V-Men workshop 5-7 p.m. today in the Teaching Learning Center Room 229 on the University of Idaho Campus . UI counselor Carl Dindo will lead the all-men workshop to address the positive roles men can play in stopping sexual violence against women and girls. Attendees will learn how to make a difference and support the females in their lives. The University of Denver , Oregon State University and Montana State University were named along with the UI as the safest schools in the West. Read about their safety programs at this shortened link: http://goo.gl/viuQeT . Sunny Browning can be reached at (208) 883-4639, or by email to sbrowning@dnews.com . ___ (c)2014 the Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Moscow, Idaho) Visit the Moscow-Pullman Daily News (Moscow, Idaho) at www.dnews.com Distributed by MCT Information Services


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