Now that students are back in class and settled into their school years, it’s time to focus on safety. In Gainesville, University of Florida students are concerned following attacks on four female students earlier this school year. Students living on-campus and off-campus are being told to be more aware of their surroundings and to use extra precautions.
Students who are injured in assault cases in Miami and other Florida cities may have the option to seek a legal claim against the perpetrator or the owner of the property where the attack took place. This and concern for students has made university campuses more aware of the steps that can be taken to help prevent assault and injuries. The University of Florida, for example, offers:
- Security staff patrols, including stepped-up patrols when attacks occur
- Walk-home programs for students
- Educational materials emphasizing personal safety and listing local resources
- Outreach with apartment complexes near campuses, to help keep off-campus students safe
- Roving dorm patrols