Campus safety works hard to provide protection to DU students

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With DU’s recent spike in sexual assaults around campus, many students are looking towards how the school can help prevent, educate, and heal from recent attacks. Female students, who are the most commonly effected by sexual assaults are encouraging DU and DU’s health and counseling center to step forward to provide more support as they fear the spike in sexual assault could become an epidemic. These photos work directly with my article to help emphasis the current state of stress around campus.

The photos chosen help to show the dangers of DU’s unprotected side while also showcasing how DU supports its potential victims and survivors. Certain photos show the viewpoint of a perpetrator while others show from the viewpoint of the victim. As seen through following women in dark alleyways, or seeing how they interact with DU’s emergency phone systems. While other photos showcase the Health and Counseling Center, CAPE, and Title IX around campus to show how active DU is with providing a safe environment. 

Most photos were taken candidly, however some were posed to work with light and timing. The hardest part was getting models to participate due to the hectic lives of college students. 

Student safety at DU


 Campus safety has always been an important issue to many students at the University of Denver. Whether its walking home after a night out or keeping their personal belongings safe, students want to feel comfortable in their college environment. The story I have covered aims to give some insight into student’s opinions about their safety on campus and how they feel about the resources the university provides them. As I researched the issue I found myself wanting to capture the story from the students’ perspective since this is an article on a blog about daily college life, so I think the photos included are fitting for the angle I took.

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DU sheds light on sexual assault

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DU students desire more advocacy for sexual assault victims

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From just the start of the new year, DU’s campus has continued to increase in gender-based discrimination, including sexual violence. With two incidents since the start of March, students are becoming more and more concerned with the schools ability to keep them safe.

Female students specifically are looking at the effects that sexual assault, recovery, and advocacy have on victims. As they advocate for better options in resources and support, the women of DU are frightened this increase of incidents could turn towards an epidemic.

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Our silent protector

Recently entering 2017, we have come into the most connected time between people that we have ever seen in human history. What do we have to thank for this connectivity? The Internet! Just about everybody living in America and other first world countries uses Robert Kahn and Vint Cerf’s invention everyday, multiple times a day. Safety on the net has been over-looked by many Millennials, whom are considered to be the most technically knowledgeable generation.

Helpful graphic about how the HeartBleed bug works:

Helpful graphic about how the HeartBleed bug works:


Since my time at The University of Denver we have seen a change in the provided web servers. Initially we had Pioneer net which despite the universities best effort had flaws. For example, back in 2011 the “Heartbleed bug” was exposed, essentially this malicious software was tricking OpenSSL (software our University implemented for security) to obtain memory contained on our servers like usernames and passwords. This graphic to the right will hopefully help with understanding exactly how this bug worked. Since this event, DU has gone through all of it’s critical servers using SSL and have assured our security.

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Drinking, detox and student health


Hard liquors like these are often preferred by college students, especially within greet life or sporting events

It is easy to say that drinking and the college lifestyle go hand-in-hand. Alcohol consumption is an integral part of social life for college age students across the country. Drinking is seen as a ritual within the higher education experience. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH) stated “harmful and underage college drinking are significant public health problems, and they exact an enormous toll on the intellectual and social lives on campuses across the United Sates.”

According to a national survey by the NIH (here) almost 60% of college students ages 18-22 drank alcohol in the past month, and almost two out of three students engaged in binge drinking (four-five drinks within two hours).

There are serious consequences involving harmful and underage college drinking. About 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including car crashes. Approximately 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking, and about 97,000 students report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault. 20% of students develop an Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). One in four college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams papers. Other consequences include suicide attempts, health problems, injuries, unsafe sex, and driving under the influence of alcohol, as well as vandalism, property damage, and involvement with the police.

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Is DU keeping students safe?


DU sidewalk at night.

DENVER- Springtime at the University Denver to many students means tailgates, formals, and day-drinking with friends. As the winter weather fades away and the days grow longer, Denver’s campus comes alive with activity. However, the good weather doesn’t always go hand in hand with good behavior.

“There is something about the excitement of spring quarter on our campus that makes people act a little crazier and care about their own safety less,” said DU sophomore Madelyn Tenenbaum.

Since March 1st 2017 there have been fifty-three reported incidents of crime on DU’s campus. Of these fifty-three incidents ten were assaults, nine were thefts, and two were sexual assaults. According to DU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report from 2015, there were eighty-five criminal offenses that occurred on DU’s academic and residential campuses. Continue reading

SAAM reminds DU of its own rocky history with sexual assault


CAPE’s sign outside of their building on the corner of Asbury and University.

DENVER – Taking a walk through the University of Denver’s campus this month, it is hard to miss the signs advertising events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).

SAAM also brings to light DU’s rocky history with the topic.
DU was one of 55 Universities to undergo a Title IX investigation in 2014 for negligence of equally protecting women studying at their universities in regard to sexual assault, harassment, and stalking.
A little less well known is the “Dear colleague” letter sent out in 2011 by President Obama, outlining what sexual violence constitutes; it states that any type of sexual violence against a student or staff violates Title IX.
After this letter went out to all universities in the U.S., DU replaced Jevis, with CAPE (center for advocacy, prevention, and empowerment).
CAPE is a center on DU’s campus which is also a branch of the health & counseling center that provides resources, guidance and assistance to students who have been sexually assaulted, harassed, or stalked.

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Student safety on campus

My slideshow seeks to tell the story of the recent string of campus fondlings, thefts, and robberies plaguing the DU community. In the past year alone there have been armed robberies, car theft, bicycle theft, sexual assault and fondling, as well as a bomb threat. I interviewed 3 DU students and a sergeant in campus safety to get multiple opinions on this subject, from different angles. I think having the opinions of real DU students makes my audio slideshow more informative and engaging, and puts a real face, and voice, to the indirect victims of these crimes.

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Women’s Safety On Campus

The story I aimed to convey in my slide show is that of the women of DU and how they feel about their safety. I included photos of both people and places to help frame the story in terms of who is being affected, where are they being affected and what can we do to change this. I wanted to make this a serious piece and I think I was able to accomplish this goal. Some of my photos were meant to be more symbolic rather than literal in their meaning so that the slide show had depth rather than just putting all very obvious photos up.

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