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KNOXVILLE — UT Knoxville will kick off Safety Awareness Month with Safety Day and swear in the new UT Police Department Chief Gloria Graham at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 1 at the University Center Plaza Walkway to Haslam Business Building.

Graham was named chief in July and began serving in early August. She was formerly assistant chief of police at Duke University and brings more than 15 years of experience to her role. On Wednesday, she officially becomes the university’s first female officer to hold the chief position.

UT is partnering its awareness activities 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.

UT Dean of Students Maxine Thompson Davis, Chief Graham and Security On Campus Inc. Director of Public Policy Daniel Carter will make brief remarks.

The day’s events include various campus and area organizations interacting with members of the campus community about safety prevention and education. There will be a property engraving station, DUI goggle demonstrations and signups for UT ALERT, the campus’s emergency text messaging system (

The full Safety Day schedule includes activities that will take place at these times and places:

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. —

  • Hess Hall, along Melrose Avenue;
  • University Center Plaza (Haslam side);
  • College of Law at Cumberland Avenue and James Agee Street;
  • 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

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C O N T A C T :

Rebekah Winkler (865-974-8304,