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SIUC students work to curb on campus violence

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - At least eight Southern Illinois University Carbondale students were arrested in multiple incidents between September 12 and September 24.

In response to those recent acts of violence including sexual assaults, student leaders from the student government associations at SIUC have band together to curb on campus violence.

Two students were arrested on campus on September 12 for criminal sexual assault.

Four students were arrested on campus on September 13 for criminal sexual assault.

Two students were arrested off campus for disturbing or resisting a peace officer in a large downtown Carbondale disturbance on September 20.

“If we want to change the culture on this campus, we have got to do it from the bottom up," said Adrian Miller, the SIUC student trustee. "It's got to be a student driven initiative.”

The group unveiled their master plan at a press conference on Tuesday. Students leaders plan to take part in the White House-backed "It's on us," campaign.

The campaign promotes education on steps to recognize, identify, and intervene in incidents of sexual assaults.

“This is not your fight alone, this is on all of us," said Matthew Ryg, the SIUC graduate student government president. "[For] everyone of us to fight campus sexual assault.”

Student leaders also said they are working on a website which will be titled "Saluki 4-1-1," that will link to on-campus resources and information that will make incidents on campus more transparent.

The students said they will also be hosting town hall meetings where students will be invited to voice their opinions on how violence should be tackled on campus.

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