Following Alleged Rape On Campus, UMass Amherst Searches for Security Consultant

Umass Amherst officials announced a plan Thursday to hire an outside consultant to review security procedures in campus residence halls. The move comes about a month and a half after an 18-year-old student was allegedly raped in her dorm room by four teenagers from Pittsfield, none of whom are UMass students. University spokesman Patrick Callahan says the consultant will provide a “new set of eyes” to review current security procedures and determine what improvements are needed. But he says most UMass students think campus security is working.

“For the most part, our students have told us they believe our security system works well, but it’s always possible to improve that, and that’s the outcome that we’re looking for.”

Callahan says the University has already begun an internal review of its security systems following the alleged rape in October. He says the university is still investigating how the four Pittsfield teenagers were signed into a campus residence hall after midnight on October 13th. All four defendants are awaiting trial on multiple rape charges.