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UMass-Amherst to invest $2M in dorm security

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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) -- UMass-Amherst has announced plans to spend more than $2 million to enhance dormitory security, a little over a year after a woman was allegedly gang-raped in her room.

University officials on Wednesday said the upgrades to be phased in over three years include a new electronic sign-in system for visitors at all 51 dorms.

The software will be installed as a pilot program at one dormitory during the winter break, and will be in use when students return in January.

A security consultant hired by the university made 87 recommendations in a 214-page report.

A freshman student alleged she was raped by four non-students she knew in October 2012, one of whom bypassed dorm security entirely and three of whom were signed in by a resident who didn't know them.

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