February 14, 1975

Letter from UVA President Hereford to Delegate Wyatt Durrette, Jr. - February 14, 1976

A response to Delegate Wyatt Durette's Jan. 29th inquiry regarding the "'potential rape problem' at the University of Virginia." President Hereford addresses Durette's concerns not only by enumerating the actions the administration and Student Council have taken to help ensure the safety of students, but also by noting "Our female students have experienced many more problems off-Grounds than on Grounds, i.e., in the City of Charlottesville and the County of Albemarle."

Notes "recently initiated programs"" for student safety, including:
-Showings of the film "Nobody's Victim"" by Student Council
-Distribution of "Rape Prevention," a booklet composed by Student Council and the Office of the Dean of Students
-An escort system
-Making "Supersound” - described as an "alarm device used by women to ward off would-be assailants" - available to students at "well below cost" (joint effort by Student Council and the Alumni Association)
-Increased lighting around grounds
-Locking women's dormitory areas at midnight
-Installation of emergency telephones


Edward Gaynor, University Archivist
Date Added July 30, 2017
Date Modifed October 17, 2017

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