Student Safety Given Priority At University of Michigan After Sex Assaults

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

On a hot, busy Friday as thousands of students settled into their new homes for the academic year, the police chiefs of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan were handing out public safety literature.

"Part of what we're trying to accomplish is to reach out to students off campus and make them aware that we're here for them — especially given what occurred in July," said Barnett Jones, Ann Arbor police chief.

Tensions have been high on campus, and police continue to investigate a series of sexual assaults in July near the U-M campus and an Aug. 18 incident where a woman was grabbed but broke free. Investigators have circulated composite sketches of possible suspects, and there is a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Jones, along with Greg O'Dell, chief of University of Michigan Department of Public Safety and members of the university's Division of Student Affairs, handed out packets with helpful numbers, tips, responsible party planning and fire safety information to students living in the Packard Street and Oxbridge area.

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