WASHINGTON, D.C. – The House passed legislation introduced by Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., (R-Tenn.) promoting safety on college campuses across the country.
House Resolution 15, which received unanimous backing, expresses the House of Representatives’ support for Security on Campus, Inc.’s, designation of September as National Campus Safety Awareness Month.
“This is an issue I take very seriously. Several community colleges and universities are located in the Second District, including over 25,000 students at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and the safety of everyone on those campuses is extremely important,” Duncan said.
“Each fall, thousands of freshmen begin their college careers without taking the adequate precautions to protect themselves from real world threats to their safety,” Duncan said in his floor speech.  “Students often do not think about dangers like theft, date rape, assault, or other crimes.”
Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a total of 86 homicides, 7,648 sex offenses, 9,649 aggravated assaults, and 3,590 arsons were reported on campuses over a two-year period.
The designation of National Campus Safety Awareness Month provides an opportunity for colleges to inform students about existing campus crime trends, campus security policies, crime prevention techniques, and fire safety as well as drug and alcohol education, prevention, and treatment programs.

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