Vanderbilt urges campus safety, passes out green dots - WKRN News 2

Vanderbilt urges campus safety, passes out green dots at football game

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The Vanderbilt Commodores hosted their 2013 season opener against the Ole Miss Rebels Thursday night.

As the two teams battled it out on the field, Vanderbilt students showcased a unified front to help promote campus safety.

Students and faculty handed out "Green Dot" stickers outside Vanderbilt's stadium prior to kickoff.

Several organizations encouraged Vandy fans to wear the stickers as a way to emphasize shared responsibility for campus safety.

"We're here to represent everyone.  And just as other student organizations partner with us, and just like the athletic department has partnered with us, all athletics are a part of our community and we're here to support them," Student Body President Isaac Escamilla said.

The idea comes in the wake of four former Vanderbilt football players charged with sexually assaulting a female student in June.

"I don't think it's something we need to brush this under the rug, but I do think it's something as a team we need to move forward for moral purposes and play the football game here," student Kyle Klansek said.

He added, "I think any initiative by the campus to improve and promote safety is a good thing I would definitely support something like that."

Students that News 2 spoke with said they take pride in wearing the school's colors of black and gold, but added they are open to wearing the Green Dot sticker to support the message the initiative stands for.

"I think it's a great thing. I think its represents what the Vanderbilt community wants to say about how we feel about these types of things.  And I think it's a great movement and I think everyone is going to be wearing them tonight," student Noah Smolen said.

The Green Dot sticker symbolizes a comprehensive approach to violence prevention. It's a nationally recognized initiative that's been practiced for several years.

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