Orientation addresses student’s disappearance, safety

For the nearly 300 incoming freshman that arrived on IU’s campus this week for the start of New Student Orientation, Lauren Spierer’s disappearance has been a difficult topic to avoid.

Headlines on the front page of newspapers around campus and downtown depict a desperate search. On lamp posts, signs pointing the way to advising stations are hung just a few inches above missing person fliers.

It can be an ominous first impression for some, and it’s an impression the Office of First Year Experiences is trying to address as it welcomes IU’s newest class.

“We definitely understand that new students and family members may be anxious about a lot of things as they prepare for their transition to Indiana University, and safety is no different,” Assistant Director Daniel Murphy said. “Our hope is that through participating in orientation, students will feel affirmed and confident in their choice to attend IU.”

Murphy said orientation leaders have and will continue to spend time talking to groups of students about available resources on campus, as well as general safety tips. Leaders are also encouraged to share personal experiences about safety issues on campus.

In addition, the IU Police Department will provide information to parents and family members at different points throughout the program.

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