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UI Student Reactions to Safety Notifications

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--The University of Iowa officially is back in session Monday.

The headlines aren't about academics or even athletics but rather student safety.

The University sent out a safety notification after a student reported she was a victim of sexual assault by an acquaintance in a residence hall on Friday.

That is one of three safety warnings in the last three days.

"It's crazy that school hasn't even started and stuff like that is already happening," Sophomore Emily Hagen said.

Hagen is a nursing student who said she lived in Slater Residence Hall which is where another incident on Sunday occurred.

The University of Iowa Police Department responded to a call just before 8 p.m. when a student was found unresponsive in the Slater Residence Hall lobby Sunday.

"It's kinda sad you are a freshman in college and that's what you are getting into," Hagen said.

UIPD evacuated the entire building for hours and those are not the only two incidents.

On Friday, a Hawk alert went out campus-wide because of a reported attempted armed robbery near the dental building.

With students on high alert, the University of Iowa wants to let staff and students know about incidents on campus.

"I think they are doing their job. I know people are mad that they are cracking down but that's what they should be doing." Hagen said.

"You can think of a hawk alert as a flair gun that's something that's fired up and to alert the campus you might want to pay attention," UI spokesperson Tom Moore said.

Moore said the university takes extra steps to ensure the safety of their students.

"The key element is education we have instituted a new program this year which outlines bystander training and gives people advice on how safely they can intervene and as safely as possible," Moore said.

But officers want to make it clear that whether it's a warning or not, studnets should think before they act. Just some advice that Hagen hopes students will use to prevent more incidents from happening.

"It's sad that had to happen the first few days of school," Hagen said.

Moore said that students should sign up for Hawk Alerts to get notifications from the university.

He also said that a Hawk alert is sent out in a timely manner to warn students to be aware of their surroundings if there is an incident on campus. He said a timely warning will be sent out if a report of an incident, for example, sexual assault, happened a few days or weeks ago.

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