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Police and University push safety measures
CINCINNATI (Deb Dixon) -- It's been a big week at the University of Cincinnati.
The first part of welcome week included orientation with parents who helped students move. Now the parents are gone! Welcome week is about welcoming young people to the university neighborhood. That includes parties; some sanctioned by the university, others...not so much.
At orientation police talked about making good choices; everything from choosing friends to choosing whether or not to drink.
Sgt. Jason Voelkerding said house parties can be trouble. Parties at Stratford last school year got well out of hand. Police passed out letters reminding students that illegal behavior can lead to expulsion or loss of financial assistance.
For some, house parties are just not worth it. One student said, "Everyone gets drunk, I'm spending all this money to be here, don't want to risk losing it by getting in trouble for drinking."
Parents are gone so students make their own choices now.
University of Cincinnati has added more Night Ride vans, the free shuttle service around campus. And the Live Safe app connects users to UC police. It's free and available through iTunes and Google Play. Friends and family can monitor users in real time as they walk to where they are going.
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