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CMU educators taking extra steps to protect students

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(01/18/13) - Educators at Central Michigan University are still taking extra steps to protect their students after learning about the college senior who was kidnapped on campus this week.

We spoke with the director of sexual aggression services, who says the university already has a lot of tips that can help students avoid dangerous circumstances.

There's already a program in place called 'No Zebras, no Excuses.' Incoming freshmen are required to take the course. It gives students tips on how to recognize a stalker or any criminal.

Thompson says the key to avoiding uncomfortable situations is paying attention to unusual behavior. There's one message he always shares with his students.

"Engage bystanders," he said. "The second is acknowledge that until we can get at the root of violence, what can you and I do to reduce our risk? And flat out simple, if someone wants to rob me or mug me or you, they almost always will do it when there are few witnesses. The most simple thing is reduce the number of times where there are no witnesses where I am vulnerable."

University leaders who are a part of the crisis team met Friday afternoon to talk about other helpful safety plans.

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