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Students asked to renew commitment to campus safety

On Monday morning, Dean of Students John Kirkpatrick and UNH Police Chief Paul Dean joined forces in a crucial email reminder to the campus community.

Titled “Campus Safety: A Renewed Commitment,” the email came just days after a stabbing occurred off campus early Saturday morning at 17 Madbury Road, leaving one student in critical condition with two stab wounds.

The events of the last few weeks on this campus and in this town prompt us to write about your health and safety, and to state clearly our expectations of all UNH students,” the email read. The email cited “terrible things” that have happened on campus this semester, such as serious assaults, sexual assaults, DUIs and public intoxications.

Kirkpatrick noted that there have been 152 arrests to date this year, compared to last year’s 116 at this time.

“That certainly is a significant increase, but remember that the freshman and sophomore classes are larger this year than last,” he said. “Moreover, more UNH students are living on campus or in Durham than last year given the increase in private apartments.”

While the numbers are not necessarily representative of a rise in crime, Kirkpatrick mentioned a trend some university officials have identified.

“Many of us have noticed an increase in the severity of some crimes over the past six months,” he said. “As the warmer weather approaches, we want to be proactive about alerting students to be responsible for the choices that they make.”

“Self-control is the main ingredient of a civil society,” the email read.

“This was an extremely important effort in Chief Dean’s mind and in mine,” Kirkpatrick said of the decision to send the email. “We hope that students give thought to the way that they want others to define them.”

The email closed with an even greater reminder, that the title “Wildcat” is one worn by 130,000 people across the globe.

“You are part of a grand tradition. Live it, fully and well, here and elsewhere.”

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