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Per our Timely Warning Policy, the UNC Police Department may post new information on this page relating to situations on or off campus. If you have any questions concerning the timely warnings, or any information you feel could warrant a timely warning, please contact the UNC Police Department at (970) 351-2245.

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January 16, 2015

 

The UNC Police Department received a report of a male who aggressively approached a female on the northwest side of Harrison Hall at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15.  The female, who didn’t recognize the man, pushed him away when he hugged her tightly from the front as she was walking from Michener Hall. She again pushed him away and quickly left the area when he attempted to hug her again and kiss her, stating something to the effect of “you used to kiss me all the time.” The male lingered and yelled at her as she left.

The suspect is described as a short, Hispanic man with ‘squinty’ eyes. He may have been under the influence of a drug or alcohol. He had a neck tattoo that was large, with an unknown name written in black cursive lettering and underlined twice. He was also wearing a gray jacket, jeans and had a backpack. 

If you witnessed this or know the suspect in this case, please contact the police department at (970) 351-2245. As a reminder, report suspicious persons and activities at (970) 351-2245. And be sure to program this number into your phone. 

The police department would also like to provide some basic protective measures you can take on campus to help protect yourself and your belongings:

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Don't get so engrossed in text messaging or smartphone surfing that you forget to look around.
  • Walk with others at night.
  • Stay in frequently traveled, well-lighted, open areas.
  • Walk confidently
  • Call 351-2245 for an escort if you're uncomfortable walking on campus after dark.
  • Carry a personal alarm or whistle.
  • Know where campus emergency poles are. See the Campus Emergency Pole Map
  • Lock your house or residence hall room, and follow rules to limit resident hall access.
  • Don't carry large amounts of cash or credit cards.
  • Have your keys ready when walking to your car or home
  • Be cautious of strangers
  • If you believe someone is following you, go where there are other people.
  • Trust your intuition if you feel a situation is unsafe.
  • Don't hesitate to call police.
  • Alcohol is also a significant factor in many crimes. Students who are drinking are more likely to be involved in criminal activity. We strongly encourage you to make safe and healthy choices when it comes to alcohol consumption. Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they’ve had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
  • If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.). Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).

Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police


November 12, 2014

 

The UNC Police Department is currently investigating two reports of alleged sexual assaults that may have occurred on campus within the past two weeks. The information available to the University Police is limited based on the reporting circumstances of the individual cases.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), while acknowledging that you can never completely protect yourself from sexual assault, offers these personal safety steps to help reduce the risk of being assaulted:

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way to get out of a bad situation.
  • Try to avoid isolated areas. It is more difficult to get help if no one is around.
  • Walk with purpose. Even if you don’t know where you are going, act like you do.
  • Trust your instincts. If a situation or location feels unsafe or uncomfortable, it probably isn’t the best place to be.
  • Try not to load yourself down with packages or bags as this can make you appear more vulnerable.
  • Don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don’t trust or someone you don’t know.
  • Avoid putting music headphones in both ears so that you can be more aware of your surroundings, especially if you are walking alone.
  • When you go to a social gathering, go with a group of friends. Arrive together, check in with each other throughout the evening, and leave together. Knowing where you are and who is around you may help you to find a way out of a bad situation.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel unsafe in any situation, go with your gut. If you see something suspicious, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.).
  • Don't leave your drink unattended while talking, dancing, using the restroom, or making a phone call. If you’ve left your drink alone, just get a new one.
  • Don't accept drinks from people you don't know or trust. If you choose to accept a drink, go with the person to the bar to order it, watch it being poured, and carry it yourself. At parties, don’t drink from the punch bowls or other large, common open containers.
  • Watch out for your friends, and vice versa. If a friend seems out of it, is way too intoxicated for the amount of alcohol they’ve had, or is acting out of character, get him or her to a safe place immediately.
  • If you suspect you or a friend has been drugged, contact law enforcement immediately (local authorities can be reached by calling 911 in most areas of the U.S.). Be explicit with doctors so they can give you the correct tests (you will need a urine test and possibly others).

If you believe that you or a friend have been a victim of sexual violence, you may report the incident to various departments including:

The University Police Department at (970) 351-2245

The Assault Survivors Advocacy Program (ASAP) at (970) 351-1490 or (970) 351-4040

Additional resources and policy statements may be found at http://www.unco.edu/police/uploads/2014_UNC_Security&Fire_Safety_Report.pdf

Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police

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