Upcoming school year safety

Chattanooga, Tennessee (WDEF): September marks national safety awareness at some college campuses across the country.

Representatives with University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) want to make sure students feel safe at their school. Chuck Cantrell, UTC Spokesperson said, "We are a community. And so we have a responsibility to take care of each other." Cantrell went on to say, "We have blue phones all over campus. If you pick it up and push the button it goes automatically to our campus police dispatcher. If you are on your cell phone you call 911. That goes directly to the Hamilton county 911 center which UTC is one of the responders, so we can get that message immediately."

Cantrell encourages students to be smart and says to not walk alone at night and stay in well lit areas. Cantrell said, "Considering that we are an urban campus, downtown we have the same problems that lots of other downtown businesses have. But this is a relatively very safe campus." Harrison White, a student at UTC agrees and says he has never felt in danger on the campus. White said, "I feel really safe here. I always see campus PD driving around. I don’t know, there are blue lights that have the security things incase of emergency. So I think that’s a really good thing."

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Appropriate safety measures will be taken throughout the school year. The University will be holding an active emergency management training program next month. Cantrell said, "We are going to be conducting a fairly substantial emergency training exercise on campus during fall break. So its designed to minimize disruption to students and faculty, but at the same time those of us who are very involved in an emergency give us an opportunity to hone our skills and practice."

UTC will offer self defense courses for any students interested during the school year.