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President of Alabama A&M addresses sexual assault incident in letter to community

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., President of Alabama A&M University, sent out a letter Wednesday afternoon in response to "the recent news about incidents of sexual violence or misconduct" on AA&MU's campus.

The letter reassures the community that the university takes sexual violence seriously, and recognizes it as a national issue.

Dr. Andrew Hugine, Jr., President of Alabama A&M University (Courtesy

Dr. Andrew Hugine Jr., President of Alabama A&M University (Courtesy

He encourages students to complete 'HAVEN', an online sexual assault prevention training program, which is available to students via their student portal logins.

In an effort to stress the priority of campus safety, Hugine lists thingsĀ the university has done to reinforce safety on campus, such as closing gates to campus after hours, enforcing visitor sign-in procedures, installation of additional lighting on campus, and the implementation of an escort system, etc.

Students and faculty are reminded to check their university email accounts for information on forums, safety tips, and policies.

You may read the letter here.

The most recent incident happened Saturday, September 23. There was another reported crime earlier in the month.