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Missing. It's something parents never want to hear. Police in Virginia are still searching for college student Hannah Graham, who went missing September 13th. On Tuesday authorities announced they'd issued a warrant for Jesse Matthew Jr., who is believed to be the last person Graham before she vanished.

As the search for Graham continues, the search for another missing student ended Tuesday. Police in Fargo, North Dakota say the body of a missing North Dakota State student was found Tuesday morning. Tommy Bearson was reported missing Saturday.

In both these cases, the missing students were last seen leaving places alone in the early morning weekend hours. Walking home by yourself or leaving a party alone is something many young adults have probably done. In the wake of these disappearances, we wanted to know how colleges here in the Inland Northwest are taking steps to educate students on how to stay safe.

At Gonzaga University Eric Baldwin is the Dean of Well-Being and Healthy Living. He says the university's goal every night is to get everyone home safe. Baldwin says, "most of our programs, most of services have a safety element involved with them. So it's a thread that's interwoven throughout the experience here."

On campus, Gonzaga takes security. Besides the blue emergency lights throughout campus the university also has security officers that not only cover campus, but also parts of the neighborhood surrounding it.

Students say they also try take precautions to stay safe. Jaymee, a GU senior, says, "we go out in pairs, or groups of people, and we pre-designate someone's house that we're staying at that night."

We also talked with several other students who all sang the praise of the Gonzaga security force. Sophomore Angelo Marchesini says the security officers are a comforting sight. "Even deeper into the neighborhoods," Marchesini says, "there are security officers there, so you really feel safe, like someone's watching out for you."

It's also not just the university looking out for students. The Student Government Association has created a safe ride program. It just takes a phone call from students to get a ride in town back to campus, and it's free.

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