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FVSU: Women can move onto campus due to rape cases
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Fort Valley State University says it's opening its campus housing to female students who live off campus for the rest of the school year, due to a recent string of rapes and break-ins.

That's according to university spokeswoman Pamela Berry Johnson.
She said the housing is free for women who don't feel safe off campus.

The school's graduation is tomorrow and other students are scheduled to leave campus May 11.

Fort Valley State University's Student Government Association created a safety app.

It alerts up to 6 people in the case of an emergency.

The app is called "Circle of Six" and its available for iPhone and android.

"I feel like when I come in the gate or out the gate. They're always checking who's in the car and try to check our IDs and make sure we are students here," said freshman Taylor Redwine.

Graduation is on Saturday and many students and their families are planning to celebrate by partying.

"I didn't really feel worried about the events that are going on tonight because it's going to be a large group of people in one place, so I'm sure if anything crazy were to happen somebody would see it," said student Khalia Payton.

Many students said they felt safe while on campus and felt the school does a good job of notifying students of new crimes.

But, Javaris Carruth says the minute he steps off campus that safe feeling goes away.

"You really see patrol cars sitting out in the middle of no where, but there's really nobody up in it," said Carruth, "So as far as me walking off campus saying if I seen police or anything like that I really haven't seen any."

A Fort Valley State spokeswoman said the school has around 6 patrol cars surveying the campus at night.

When 13WMAZ's Sitarah Coote asked the Fort Valley Police Chief if he was increasing his patrols for graduation, he said it was "operational information" and that he couldn't comment.

Keith Greenwood's son is a junior at Fort Valley State.

He says anytime any crime involving a student happens, parents get a call.

"That's a good feature for the parents to know that something has taken place on or off campus with a student. Normally when we get the calls, the first thing we do is call him," Greenwood said.

Several law enforcement agencies involved in the case said there were no new developments in the investigation and they declined to comment further.

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