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SMC issues campus security warnings

Justin Tardiff | Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Two Saint Mary’s students have reported to campus security that they were the victims of unwanted sexual advances during the weekend of Aug 29. The advances occurred in a setting where alcohol was present, they said.

Saint Mary’s security did not disclose the identity of the women.

“I wouldn’t be able to comment at all,” said Rosemarie Harris, Interim Director of Security.

Security, however, is taking steps to ensure that other Saint Mary’s students feel safe. On Sept. 5, Security Program Coordinator Chris Pennino sent an e-mail to the entire student body.

It reminded students that in situations where alcohol is involved, the chance for an incident such as the one the women faced is much greater.

The message included several tips for students, including staying with friends, never leaving a drink unattended and keeping a cell phone on.

After the report, a posting was also hung in each residence hall in several conspicuous places.

Health and Wellness Services also issued a warning earlier this week. In it, tips for safe drinking were released.

In spite of the report by the two young women, most Saint Mary’s students are not worried about being attacked.

“I’ve always felt safe on campus,” sophomore Corrie Brisson said. “It’s such a small campus that you are never very isolated, there is usually a security car, building or other people around, even late at night. I personally have never felt like I wasn’t safe.”