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KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will kick off National Campus Safety Awareness Month with its annual Safety Day on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

For the third year in a row, UT is one of several schools that will focus on safety awareness in partnership with the national nonprofit organization Security On Campus Inc. The group aims to prevent violence, substance abuse and other crimes on college and university campuses.

A ceremony will kick off the events at 11:30 a.m. on the University Center Plaza and will include brief remarks from UT Dean of Students Maxine Davis, UT Police Department Chief Gloria Graham and Security On Campus Inc. Director of Public Policy Daniel Carter.

After the ceremony, representatives from UT Police and UT’s Safety, Environment and Education (SEE) Center will be on hand to talk individually with students, faculty and staff about safety. There will be a property engraving station, DUI goggle demonstrations and signups for UT ALERT, the campus’ emergency text messaging system.

Throughout the rest of the day, UT Police, students, faculty, staff and neighborhood representatives will staff tents at various sites on campus, as well as in the Fort Sanders neighborhood. Along with some giveaways, they’ll be providing personal safety tips and information about campus safety resources, such as the T:Link and T:Late Nite.

Safety Day activities will take place at these times and places:

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Hess Hall, along Melrose Avenue; the University Center Plaza; near the College of Law at Cumberland Avenue and James Agee Street; at the 11th Street Parking Garage (12th street entrance); and Andy Holt Avenue at Volunteer Boulevard

2 to 4 p.m. — 16th Street at White Avenue, near Volunteer Hall

C O N T A C T :

Rebekah Winkler (865-974-8304,