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Despite urban area, AU students and staff feel safe

Emergency blue light towers stand throughout American University Northwest Washington, D.C. campus and offer an extra l ayer of safety and protection, but many interviewed on campus this month said they feel completely safe. “I think on certain campuses safety is an issue but not here,” said 20-year-old Cristina Tejada, sitting at the campus Starbucks. “I…

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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…

Discover the World of Communication student Naima Fonrose from Laurel, Maryland observes a blue phone emergency system on American University's campus. Photo by Emily Boyle

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…

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District residents tense, concerned as Navy Yard goes on lockdown

Reports of a possible shooter and hours-long lock down Thursday at the Washington Navy Yard left many residents in Washington D.C. concerned, according to interviews. A couple of hours after initial reports of a possible shooter flooded social media and metropolitan news sites, authorities gave the all clear. But, that didn’t stop residents from feeling…

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Views on Tenleytown crime mixed as theft rises slightly

WASHINGTON- Citizens and visitors in Tenleytown expressed mixed views on crime as theft increased by a small amount in the past year, according to interviews and Metropolitan Police figures. Theft crimes from July 2013 to July 2014 increased to 119 from 107 during the previous year in an area 1500 feet from Tenleytown’s center, according to Washington, D.C. Metropolitan…