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Officials beef up patrols at University of Iowa

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IOWA CITY (AP) -- Officials at the University of Iowa say they're ramping up police patrols and taking other measures to curb violence as students return to campus this weekend.

University president Sally Mason says the school's top priority is student health and safety. She says there'll be a greater police presence on campus as students start classes Monday.

Other university officials say there'll also be free late night transportation available and training workshops for bystanders.

Iowa City Police Sgt. Troy Kelsay says there's typically a spike in calls reporting fights and assaults during this time of year.

He says he hopes more visibility police presence will work as a deterrent.

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