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March 28, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU ranks among Safest Colleges in U.S.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University has been keeping some good company - and some safe company. The University has been cited as one of the Top 60 Safest Colleges in America.

The report, compiled by University Primetime, lists SRU at 34th for 2014.

The top honor went to Quinnipiac University Cardinal Stritch University. Others on the list include Idaho State University, Southern Illinois University, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Indiana University-Southeast, The University of Montana, Texas A & M University, Boston University, the University of Michigan, the University of Florida, Notre Dame University and UCLA, among others.

"Safety is always our top priority," said SRU Police Chief Michael Simmons. "We strive to keep our students, faculty, staff and visitors safe. That safety depends in large part on everyone who is on our campus. We urge everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to report, and avoid, any suspicious activity they might see."

"While our officers are vigilant, it is truly the fact that our entire community works hard to keep our campus a safe place to grow and learn," he said.

In addition to campus patrols, both on foot and by cruiser, SRU police offer specialized training sessions to help educate female students in the area of self-defense through the Rape Aggression Defense program. The program is dedicated to teaching women defensive concepts and techniques against various types of assaults by utilizing easy, effective and proven self-defense tactics, he said.

University Primetime is a prime resource for campus life online. It offers information on concerts, sports and comedy nights at college campuses around the nation as well as reports in such areas as safety and sexual violence.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.