Howard University students return amid campus crime worries

WASHINGTON (AP) - As students return to Howard University for a new academic year, the school is working to make sure students feel safe after two violent attacks last month.

Howard President Sidney Ribeau tells The Washington Post students can't learn if they are worried about crime.

Recent crimes include the fatal shooting of a rising senior July 4 and the rape of a campus visitor in an academic building on July 22.

The university is seeking to boost security. Freshmen will begin moving into dorms Saturday and will be counseled on safety. Guards will be posted at residence halls, and there is 24-hour shuttle service to off-campus apartments. Undercover D.C. police officers also will patrol the campus.

Howard officials say there has been a drop in crime over five years.