Associated Students University of Idaho Response to Campus Safety Concerns

Friday, August 26 2011

Written by Samantha Perez, Associated Students University of Idaho President

MOSCOW, Idaho – As the University of Idaho student body president, a senior and a woman, I have always felt safe on our campus and in the Moscow community. This semester marks my fourth year at the University of Idaho; I have never questioned the dedication of our administration, the Moscow Police Department or the community in providing a safe environment for me to live, study and work in.

Last year, the University of Idaho was ranked the 36th safest campus in the United States by Newsweek magazine. We received this high ranking because of the concerted work of organizations and departments on campus. This is an ongoing and collaborative effort that includes the Dean of Students Office, the Women’s Center, Associated Students University of Idaho and our Student Health Center, just to name a few. The university has an excellent partnership with the Moscow Police Department and has implemented a new, highly visible campus security program.

At the University of Idaho, a point of pride for us is our tight-knit residential campus. We are all truly members of the Vandal Family, and it is more than just an association. We care about one another and look out for one another. In good times we celebrate as one, in bad times we grieve as one.

The tragedy that occurred earlier this week strikes at the heart of our University of Idaho and our Moscow community. It has affected us all; however, I believe as a student and as the president and representative of the student body, that we continue to be a safe community as a result of the dedicated efforts of our university faculty, staff, students and the Moscow community.
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About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho helps students to succeed and become leaders. Its land-grant mission furthers innovative scholarly and creative research to grow Idaho's economy and serve a statewide community. From its main campus in Moscow, Idaho, to 70 research and academic locations statewide, U-Idaho emphasizes real-world application as part of its student experience. U-Idaho combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. Learn more:

About the Associated Students University of Idaho
Founded in 1904, ASUI is the University of Idaho’s student body government. Consisting of a legislative and executive branch, the students involved take an active role in university, local and state policy decisions. ASUI strives to provide students with opportunities to take an active role in their community. The ASUI center for volunteerism and social action mobilizes thousands of vandals throughout the year on international service breaks, local community service days, and mentorship programs. ASUI provides 210 student organizations with funding for their programming, event and recreational needs. The ASUI strives to train Vandals of any discipline, to be engaged leaders of tomorrow. For more information please visit