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On- and off-campus safety is focus of activities Sept. 2-6 at Appalachian

BOONE—Taking personal responsibility for safety on and off campus is the focus of Safety Week activities Sept. 2-6 at Appalachian State University. The public is invited to attend.

The week begins with the annual Walk for Awareness Sept. 2 at 9 p.m. This is the 25th anniversary of the walk that began in 1989 following the abduction and murder of a university employee and the abduction and sexual assault of a university student.

The walk begins on Sanford Mall and concludes at the Holmes Convocation Center. It serves to remind campus and community members of the importance of personal safety. It also commemorates lives lost to violence, and supports victims and survivors of violence.

Speakers this year include Chancellor Sheri N. Everts, Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity Bindu Jayne, former Dean of Students Barbara Daye and others. Local musician Melissa Reaves will perform.

Prior to the walk, the program “Why Walk? – A Survivor’s Story” will be presented in Room 114 Belk Library and Information Commons.

Throughout the week, interpersonal violence prevention training, suicide prevention training and high-risk prevention training for faculty, staff and students will be offered in Plemmons Student Union. Details are available at

Information tents will be located on Sanford Mall for the annual Safety Festival Sept. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The theme of the festival, “It’s Up to Me,” reflects the university’s continuing campaign to educate students, faculty and staff about the importance of taking personal responsibility for making campus and the community a safe environment, as well as the responsibility to speak out when they witness the unsafe behavior of others. In case of severe weather, the event will be canceled.

Representatives from campus, town and county agencies will provide information about fire, food, bike, Internet and personal safety, along with other topics. Just look for the tents set up on Sanford Mall.

Students can win prizes donated by area businesses and campus organizations by completing a safety bingo card that can be validated by visiting the information tents located on Sanford Mall.

During the evening of Sept. 3, campus representatives will visit off-campus student housing for “House Calls” and will distribute information about personal safety and campus resources. See for more information.

On-going campus safety initiatives include: