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U of I Campus Safety Awareness Month Renamed in Honor of Katy Benoit

September 11, 2019

MOSCOW, Idaho — Sept. 11, 2019 — The University of Idaho will put a focus on maintaining its efforts at promoting a safe, welcoming and comfortable environment throughout September as part of Katy Benoit Campus Safety Awareness Month.

Honoring the legacy of Katy Benoit, a former student and victim of interpersonal violence, the university is this year renaming the month of September Katy Benoit Campus Safety Awareness Month. The long-running event poses the question: “What will you do to create a safer campus?” Throughout September, U of I is hosting safety-oriented events focusing on the university’s "I Got Your Back" campaign.

“This month is a time to intentionally increase discussion and educational programming about violence prevention and safety that will carry through the rest of the academic year,” said Blaine Eckles, vice provost for student affairs and dean of students. “U of I has a long-standing tradition of engaging in safety education for our campus community. Recognizing that creating a safe campus encompasses a broad effort of education on a wide variety of topics, we are moving beyond the Katy Benoit Safety Forum to a full slate of events and educational opportunities.”

Events have already begun and continue throughout September for U of I students and the Moscow community. Community events include:

  • We Got Your Back Suicide Awareness 5K: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, outside the Student Recreation Center. Run or walk to support suicide awareness and bystander intervention. More information is available at
  • Take Back the Night: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Agricultural Sciences Building Room 106. The rally and march is held annually to spread awareness about interpersonal violence on campus and to show support for those affected by it.
  • Katy Benoit Campus Safety Awareness Month Keynote Address: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Vandal Ballroom of the Bruce M. Pitman Center. Jennifer Landhuis, director of the Stalking Prevention and Resource Center, will give a speech on “Stalking: Know It, Name It, Stop It.”

Other events include talks and presentations surrounding Suicide Awareness Week, Sept. 9-14, as well as safety-oriented discussions, forums and workshops for students and others with a focus on Vandals taking care of each other to maintain a safe and inclusive community.

“Our university’s vibrant Moscow campus, connection to downtown and small-town feel provide an incredible setting in which to live,” Eckles said. “The safety we normally feel is the result of hard work and dedication. It is our responsibility at the University of Idaho to provide a safe place to study, learn, work, teach, research and to be an engaged part of the Vandal Family.”

A complete schedule, along with resources and registration information, is available at

Media Contact

Emilie McLarnan
Associate Director of Violence Prevention Programs
University of Idaho

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