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New report addresses security concerns at North Carolina universities

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Emergency call poles and cameras on buildings are just some of the visible measures of security at ECU. But that isn't the only thing the university does to keep students safe.

The University of North Carolina Security Initiative report issues 36 recommendations for universities to meet, including Title IX, which addresses sexual violence on and off campus.

Virginia Hardy, ECU's Student Affairs Vice Chancellor, says the university is making it easier for people to find resources on Title IX.

"Right now we're creating a centralized website that has all the resources, what the reporting structure is, mechanism is," Hardy said.

With students arriving for the start of class in just a few weeks, Bill Koch, the Environmental Health and Safety Vice Chancellor, says they already have measures in place to make sure freshmen don't become easy targets for crime.

"We have an online student safety training program that we provide them before they come to campuses so they can view that," Koch said.

With the recent string of violent crime in Greenville, school officials say they're planning more on campus events to keep students aware from harm.

Koch doesn't think recent events in Greenville will affect how ECU police and Greenville police work together.

"Greenville police have given us excellent support and we don't see any change in that," he said.

Hardy says among the schools strengths is the ability to stay ahead of other schools when it comes to safety. But she does admit one of their weaknesses if not having as many resources as she would like.

"We use our current resources to the best of our ability to get the most bang for our buck, in regards to counseling, police, the conduct office, you name it," Hardy said.

Currently, ECU has one police officer for every 450 students.

To read the full security report, click here.

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