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AU community will see more gender inclusive signs on restrooms

American University will increase the number of gender inclusive restrooms on campus and will up the number of signs indicating where they are located, according to a university official. The university had previously referred to the facilities as family or unisex restrooms,in the wake of a 2006 Washington, D.C. law. Sara Bendoraitis, 37, the Director…

Sexual assault on campus

Students and professors at American University interviewed this month shared their opinions on how security measures affect college rape culture and the prevalence of sexual assault on their own campuses and nearby housing in Northwest Washington D.C. Campus rape is a problem plaguing universities and colleges across the country, and it’s receiving attention from many here. Almost everyone…

AU students and faculty react to campus safety measures

American University students, staff and summer program attendees expressed both confidence and apprehension about campus safety in interviews this month. Cassidy Luciano, a rising junior at AU, said she felt comfortable on campus with the various safety measures implemented. Though Luciano has never seen the blue “emergency” towers around campus in use, she has felt comfortable knowing they are present. Luciano lives…

Comfort objects help connect to home, family

Students and visitors in the Northwest section of Washington D.C. this week shared some information about their comfort objects, which are objects that help people feel safe. Dana Foley, 19, from Durham, Connecticut, attends American University and is an orientation leader for the summer. Her favorite book–and also her comfort object–is The Thornbird by Colleen McCullough. “I…

Campus summer programs offer future college insights

High school students taking summer programs at American University listed their expectations of their future college experiences as taking challenging classes, meeting people and being busy and tired. In Fall 2014, about 21 million students were expected to attend American colleges and universities, an increase since 2000, according to the National Center of Education Statistics.…

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Bathrooms, AU dorm rooms not “gross”

WASHINGTON — When the students at The American University pack their belongings and head home for the summer, one might think most of the residence halls would sit empty for the summer months, only to see occupants again when August rolls around. But from the moment finals end, a new kind of student prepares to move in for…