Criticized Old Dominion U Dorm Receives Stamp Of Approval

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The alarm system is fixed, exterior doors have been repaired and additional security guards have been hired at The District at ODU, a popular private dormitory that city officials cracked down on earlier this year after an inspection found myriad security and safety problems.

City leaders inspected the dorm in August after parents complained of lax security, frequent false fire alarms and assaults in the dorm.

The inspection occurred at a time when crime adjacent to ODU had become a concern. As ODU's enrollment has grown, more students have moved into nearby neighborhoods, where some high-profile crimes have occurred.

The District, built last year to house about 930 students, abuts an industrial area just south of ODU's campus.

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