FVSU opening dorms to students who don’t feel safe off-campus

FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – As investigators continue to search for a serial rapist in Fort Valley, the university is opening its doors to girls who live off campus and don’t feel safe. 

One administrator at the school says the decision was an easy one, because nothing should come in the way of student safety. 

“I’m not going to play and say I’m not scared, because I am scared,” Kalandria Leslie, a Fort Valley State University student, said. 

For the most part, even during the day students are walking together on campus. 

It’s a safety in numbers mindset. 

“Just to think that I have to find other ways to protect myself now besides just locking my door, trying to make sure that I’m safe considering that I’m a female that lives off campus, it’s really scary” Leslie said. 

Several law enforcement agencies have teamed up to try and catch the person or people accused of attacking and raping several college students in April. 

“At this point we have enough residence life housing to accommodate  the students that we have invited to come on campus,” Dr. Angela Harris, the vice president of student success and enrollment management, said. 

School administrators are lending a helping hand — opening up dorms for students who live off campus and don’t feel safe. 

“I know females like myself have actually started to just pile up together in one house so no one would have to sleep alone. I do feel like campus is much safer,” Leslie said. 

Fort Valley police have put out alerts on their Facebook page — the most recent urges people to remain vigilant and lock their windows and doors.

“These past few weeks have been horrible. I really can’t remember the last time I’ve even stayed at my house,” Leslie said. 

It’s a reality students have come to terms with, and are looking to make the move as soon as possible. 

 “…to be able to be vigilant, to be able to be keen, to be able to be global individual citizens in this world and be able to survive,” Harris said. 

According to Fr. Harris, there isn’t a set number of available dorms. The university is looking at accommodating everyone who’s worried about their safety until the end of the semester and it’s free. 

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