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Some Wash U students say school is ignoring student safety concerns

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Some Washington University students say the school is ignoring concerns about safety after someone was carjacked near student apartments Friday.

The carjacking occurred outside an $80 million mixed-use development on the Delmar Loop known as “The Loft.” The building, which is opened in 2014, features a grocery store, diner and apartments for 400 students.

“It’s convenient, there are a lot of places to eat and things to do, but there are those (safety) concerns, and they’re definitely real,” said Washington University student Gabby Lipsitz.

After the carjacking, an editorial in Washington University’s school newspaper accused the school of ignoring the safety of students who walk from the lofts to campus.

An administrator from the university said the school takes student safety very seriously and has spent lots of money to make sure students are safe.

"Over the last several years, we have invested heavily in lighting along routes connecting the Delmar Loop to the campus. The two I would highlight are along Skinker and the Archer Walkway,” said Dr. Rob Wild, Associate Vice Chancellor for Students.

Wild added the university has spent around $2 million on security equipment such as cameras, lighting and emergency call boxes at The Loft. He also said the school works closely with police to keep students safe.

Some students say they have felt safer recently but think more needs to be done.

News 4 attempted to reach out to the school newspaper for a comment, but calls were not returned.

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