Eleven Years After Shocking Death, WKU Continues to Upgrade Safety

By Kayla Vanover | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- It's been eleven years since the murder of Katie Autry, a WKU freshman who died in the hospital after she was raped and burned in her dorm room.

Officials at the University are still taking extreme measures to ensure all students have a safe experience on campus.

Western Kentucky University's security teams begin implementing safety procedures for freshmen as early as Master Plan Week a week before the semester officially begins.

"We work with fraternities and sororities and talk about alcohol abuse and other things that will help keep them safe. It's just a major priority for us. In addition, we've taken advantage of technology that has become available in increasing the number of closed circuit televisions that we have across campus," said Bob Skipper, WKU's Director of Media Relations.

Campus officials say they have upgraded their notification systems and now provide an escort service with campus cadets and police.

WKU has also instituted RAD, rape aggression defense program, to inform students how to protect themselves.

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