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KNOXVILLE — September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month, and next week is UT Campus Safety Awareness Week.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is hosting two events on campus to help promote safety among students, faculty and staff next week.

UT Knoxville was chosen by the national nonprofit organization Security On Campus Inc. as one of several sites around the country to kick off the month. Security On Campus Inc. aims to prevent violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college and university campuses.

A ceremony including brief remarks by U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, in the Brown Lounge in the University Center. Duncan will present a congressional resolution supporting National Campus Safety Awareness Month to the university. Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen will present a proclamation recognizing UT Campus Safety Awareness Week on behalf of the city of Knoxville and Mayor Bill Haslam.

Afterward, representatives from UT Police and UT’s Safety, Environment and Education (SEE) Center will be on hand to talk individually to students, faculty and staff about safety. There will be a property engraving station, UT ALERT sign ups, Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) demonstrations and DUI goggle simulators set up in the UC Room 227 until 2 p.m.

“UT Safety Day” will be held throughout the day on Wednesday, Sept. 3, with various tents located around campus, in the Fort Sanders neighborhood and at Sutherland Village. Representatives from the UT and Knoxville police departments, Knoxville Fire Department, the division of Student Affairs, the Student Government Association and the Historic Fort Sanders Neighborhood Association will staff the tents.

The tents will be open at these times and locations:

-11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Presidential Courtyard, College of Law lawn at Cumberland Avenue and James Agee Street, 12th Street Pedestrian Bridge and the Joe Johnson and John Ward Pedestrian Walkway.

-2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. — 16th Street Corridor between Laurel Residence Hall and Volunteer Hall.

-4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. — Sutherland Village.

At the tents, students, faculty and staff can learn about using the T:Link and T:Late Nite. The campus community also will receive other safety tips and have another chance to sign up for UT ALERT, the campus’ free emergency notification text messaging system.

The T:Link is a free on-demand shuttle service for individuals. Students, faculty and staff can call 974-4080 between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. to get a ride.

The T:Late Nite is a bus route that runs on campus and in Fort Sanders from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.


S. Daniel Carter, Security On Campus Inc., (865) 693-4316, sdcarter@securityoncampus.org.

Elizabeth Davis, UT media relations, (865) 974-5179, elizabeth.davis@tennessee.edu