After being thrown into the national spotlight on issues of sexual assault, the University of Virginia's president says it will consider plans to create a research institute on violence and offer new courses on campus safety.

University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan said in remarks Friday to the campus community that she wants the school to become a national leader in improving campus safety. The university drew national attention recently after one of its students was abducted and killed and after Rolling Stone magazine published a story that described a culture of sexual violence at the school.

Sullivan says that this past semester was one of the most traumatic in the school's history. While much of the Rolling Stone article was discredited, Sullivan says the national spotlight gives the university an opportunity to lead.