At Friday forum, UNM briefs students on safety

Posted at: 02/08/2013 1:42 PM
Updated at: 02/08/2013 9:04 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

UNM held a student safety forum Friday to make students aware of the safety resources available to them on campus.

They also allowed students to ask questions and voice their concerns.

The forum came in response to two separate groping incidents that occurred on campus.

This week, someone grabbed a woman near Castetter Hall.

Just last week, two men groped a woman as she was jogging on Johnson field.

Police released sketches of the men they believe were involved with last week’s incident, but have only received a couple of tips.

UNM officials discussed safety assets to dorms, and options for students such as a free, non-emergency campus escort system that can take them back to dorms from campus buildings late at night.

They also stressed that they’re addressing safety issues that come not from the campus itself, but from surrounding areas.

“We are an open campus and we are an urban campus and we have to be cognizant of that,” UNM Vice President of Student Affairs Eliseo “Cheo” Torres said.

“We're also beginning to be more of a residential campus, we have more residential halls, so it's an educational program and a preventative program most of all.”

One student we talked to said she knows that means she should be more vigilant, but that the risk is there for a reason.

“There's a possibility of anyone coming on campus anytime they want so it makes it a little less safe that way because there's no restriction,” UNM sophomore Miranda Dennis said. “But I think it also brings people together like that.”