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UMass Residence Hall Security To Be Reviewed By Consultant

AMHERST, Mass. (WGGB) — The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is hiring an independent consultant to review its residence hall security policies in the wake of an alleged student rape in October.

To get into the lobby of one of the 45 residence halls day or night, a student needs to swipe their ID card. Often, students will do it for others who don’t have theirs. People will also walk in quickly behind someone else who’s opened the door.

After 8 p.m., there’s more security. To get past a second door leading to the dorm rooms, even residents must show ID to a student at a security desk. Any guests must be signed in by a resident and escorted from there.

On the night of October 13, a student signed in four non-UMass students into a dormitory. The teens, all from Pittsfield, allegedly gang raped a student one of them knew in her dorm room several hours later.

“Let’s take an independent review at this, see what best practices are out there in the field,” said Edward Blaguszewski, Executive Director of News and Media Relations for the UMass Amherst. “We do some things quite well. There may be some other things we need to do better.”

There also may be things students can do better such as not opening the door for people without ID’s.

“It happens all the time,” said UMass sophomore, Brandy Robidoux. “I guess that aspect of it definitely needs to be looked over.”

The university has already begun the process of looking for the consultant.

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