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Pres. Sally Mason Reponds to UI Incidents

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS2/FOX28)--University of Iowa president is again forced to address a difficult subject. At the end of the school year she announced a six point plan to combat sexual abuse on campus, and now, she's talking about the latest case of sexual abuse on campus.  

The alleged abuse happened the weekend before the first day of class. 

Add that to attempted armed robbery and a dorm evacuation and it's been a chaotic couple of days.

Parking spaces are full, sidewalks are packed with students rushing to class, all signs that the fall semester is in session, but things haven't exactly gone smoothly.

"I've obviously heard stories about college and how crazy it can be. So I'm not really surprised. I knew coming to it that it was going to be like that,” said UI Freshman, Anna Long.

There's been a report of sexual assault, then an incident of an unresponsive student with drug-making materials in his dorm room *and an attempted armed robbery.

Issues president sally mason tackled Tuesday morning.

"When you have 30 plus thousand students on campus, things do happen. These are not the kinds of things that we want to have happen,” said President Mason.

She explained that campus leaders are working to end one of the biggest issues on campus: binge drinking.

"Five years ago, six years ago, I was frankly embarrassed by rates of binge drinking that exceeded the national average significantly, our rates have now come down to look much more like the national average,” said Mason.

She also brought up the issue of sexual assault, saying that the now implemented six point plan is still a great step to ensuring student safety, which is why some students say the recent safety issues aren't enough to paint a negative light on the university.

"I think we also look at the other things the university is known for. Like medical programs, business programs, everything else that we are doing well too. We can't judge it just because this happened the first week of school,” said Junior Whitney De-Bey.

President Mason spoke about the new required online training course for all incoming freshmen.

The hope is that it will educate them on what to do to prevent and report sexual assault.
 
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