Some residents may be unsure of what to do in case of an emergency. John
Kidwell, the director of Public Safety and police chief on campus, said students
need to become familiar with Public Safety’s Web site.
In an emergency, Kidwell encourages residents to dial 1000. This campus emergency number transfers to a campus police officer’s cell phone and they can reach the troubled resident sooner than if they call 911. In an extreme situation, students may need to leave.
“If you have a guest who won’t leave and you are concerned, then you leave. There is nothing in there worth you being hurt,” Kidwell said. “It’s not that bad here. We don’t have a lot of crime.”
UAM women historically refuse to report rape. This troubles Kidwell
as well as others on campus. Students cannot find out any information about the
Rape Crisis Counselor on the UAM Web site. Kidwell said the counselor will go to
the dorms, talk with girls about rape and other physical abuse, give them a card
and tell them to call anytime. However, some residents may miss the dorm
Student Health Services director Terri Richardson said certain procedures are followed when students report rape, including completing a rape kit and counseling the victim. If the rape happened on campus, then public safety will be involved. Richardson's contact information can be found at http://www.uamont.edu/StudentAffairs/HealthServices/, along with other links such as an alcohol test, eating disorders info center, and a news and events tab.
Counseling and Testing Services director Laura Hughes said reports of rape remain confidential. Counseling services usually refer victims to a non-campus rape crisis counsel. Also, counseling services tries to help the victim with any further assistance they may need by making periodic checkups to make sure everything is going OK for the student.
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