The unsolved murder of a college student in Madison, Wi., a string of robberies near Marquette University and a recent spike in assaults at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have some parents packing summer orientation sessions at local colleges, anxious about students' safety, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Colleges are trying to ease fears while helping parents take an active role. University of Wisconsin Milwaukee parents can now sign up for emergency text alerts on their cell phones, a service that previously has been available only for students, faculty, and staff. With only about a fifth of students registered for the alerts, administrators are making a harder push this summer to get new freshmen to hand over their cell phone numbers and sign up. At the Milwaukee campus a police officer told parents “you should be able to see two emergency or safe phones from any point on campus.”