LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Liberty University held a convocation on Wednesday for the student body, during which time university President Jerry Prevo brought up the issues surrounding Title IX.
Since October, a total of 22 complaints have now been reported in a lawsuit accusing the university of creating an unsafe campus environment that increased the likelihood of sexual assault and rape.
“We encourage all students to report prohibited conduct and that conduct that can be sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking,” Prevo said as he addressed the crowd during convocation on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
Prevo prepared a whole speech for the student body surrounding the investigation and safety of the campus.
“I do not know what happened before I came, but I will tell you this, we are not going to cover up anything,” said Prevo. “We’re going to look back have that investigated and also if we’ve done wrong, we’re going to correct that wrong the best we can. I’m not here to cover up.”
During his speech, he encouraged students to not be afraid of speaking up if they experienced sexual abuse, harassment, dating and domestic violence, and stalking even if they were violating the Liberty Way when it occurred.
“We do not want you to be afraid and come forward, thinking that you’re going to have to give an account of what you were doing when that happened. We want to know that it happened. We want you to know that you can come and you’ll not be disciplined for that,” said Prevo.
Prevo also discussed ways the campus will become safer for students.
“We are in the process of installing blue boxes. I said why don’t we have those things. Now, these blue boxes that you see are going to be stationed around the university in places maybe where you could be assaulted, where something can happen. You’re going to be able to go to that blue box, there’s going to be a camera there, and here’s what’s going to happen. Let’s suppose you have been assaulted. You go there, you push a button. It’s going to call the police right then and there, but the camera there is going to be there and if we see that you have been abused, you have been roughed up, we’re not going to send the police right away, we’re going to send the medics right away to help you and take care of you. We’re serious about making Liberty University a safe place for all of you.”President Jerry Prevo, Liberty University
He showed a slide where the blue boxes will be placed across the campus and roughly 12 will be installed.
Last April, when Prevo came to the university, he asked if they had security cameras across the campus and he was told no. On Wednesday, he announced he authorized $8.5 million to have dozens of security cameras installed across the campus.
The full convocation can be found on Liberty University’s Facebook page.
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