Riley said the location of Hill Hall might make it less safe than buildings on central campus, but building access passes help protect against break-ins and crime.
“Due to its closeness to Franklin Street, Hill Hall is more easily reachable to the general public than buildings farther south on campus,” he said.
“You need to swipe your OneCard to access Hill Hall during the nighttime hours, so it is safe in that regard. In addition, you need to have a practice pass on you that you can get from your private teacher or ensemble director in order to practice in Hill Hall.”
He said the assault will not deter him from practicing in the music building.
“It could have happened anywhere,” Riley said.
Junior music major Sean McWeeny said he practices violin in Hill Hall almost every day but was not there Tuesday night. He said additional security measures were put into place in recent years after people were found trespassing in the basement.
“I know that two years ago there weren’t any incidents of assault, but there were people who weren’t supposed to be down there, so they upped the security and made it so past a certain hour you needed OneCard access granted by Paul Cole , who’s sort of the keymaster,” he said.
McWeeny said there have recently been signs around practice rooms reminding people to lock doors and cover the windows. He said he does not feel unsafe and will continue practicing there.