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Timely Warnings & Crime Alerts Archive

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 timely warnings, crime alerts, or any information you feel could warrant a timely warning or crime alert, please contact the UNC Police Department at (970) 351-2245.

Timely warnings & Crime Alerts are displayed on the Timely Warning & Crime Alerts page for six months. After six months, they are moved to this archive.

November 11, 2020

I would like to make you aware of a recent increase in motor vehicle thefts and thefts from vehicles on campus and the surrounding area.  These criminal events are currently under active investigation by the UNC Police Department.  There is no suspect information available for release at this time.

Here are some basic crime prevention actions you can take to help minimize your risk of theft when parking on campus.

   *   Lock your vehicle doors.  Always be certain to lock your car doors, regardless of the time of day or how long you may be away from your vehicle.  Many individuals intent on stealing items from a vehicle first look for vehicles with unlocked doors.  Please call the UNC Police Department If you see someone trying the door handles on cars as soon as you can safely do so at (970) 351-2245.

  *   Remove valuables.  Remove all valuables from the interior of the vehicle.  Never leave a purse, wallet, phone, laptop, or other valuables in the vehicle.  It is less likely that your car will be targeted if valuables are not visible.

  *   Report suspicious activity.  If you see an individual lingering in the parking lot looking into vehicle windows, please call UNC Police to report the incident.  Be sure to know the location of the incident and provide a description of the person and the suspicious activity you witnessed.

The UNC Police Department would rather respond to a report of suspicious activity or person and check to see if everything is OK rather than have someone become a victim of a crime.  If something looks out of the ordinary, please call the UNC Police Department at (970) 351-2245, utilize a blue emergency phone, or call 911 in case of emergency.

Thank you for your partnership in our campus safety efforts,

Dennis R. Pumphrey

Chief of Police

November 1, 2020

As communicated in a UNC alert during the early morning hours of Sunday, Nov. 1, multiple shots were fired adjacent to UNC at the 1900 block of 11th Avenue. Based on information received from the Greeley Police Department, we believe there is no longer an active threat on our campus.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Greeley Police Department. If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact the Greeley Police Department at 970-350-9605.

 Health and safety remain a top priority for UNC and we have a number of student resources available as well as information available for our faculty and staff: 

 Counseling Center: We recognize that this incident may cause stress and concern among members of the UNC community. The University Counseling Center provides professional counseling services to currently enrolled UNC students free of charge. The UNC Counseling Center offers 24-hour/7-days a week access to an on-call counselor by calling the Counseling Center at 970-351-2496. Additional resources can be found by calling 970-351-2001 or visiting the UNC Counseling Center website, unco.edu/counseling-center/
Student Outreach and Support: As part of the Dean of Students Office, SOS provides support by coordinating with campus resources, makes appropriate referrals, and provides follow-up services to address an individual’s unique needs. More information can be found by calling 970-351-2001 or visiting unco.edu/student-outreach-support

As a reminder, UNC Police enacts a number of emergency preparedness measures including sending emergency notifications to our campus when an incident occurs on or near our campus. These alerts are sent to campus phones and computers through text messages and emails and to subscribed cell phones through text messages from UNC's Emergency Alert system. To learn more visit, unco.edu/alerts/

We will communicate with the campus community as more details become available.


Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police

March 24, 2020

In compliance with provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the University of Northern Colorado has been informed that a UNC employee has tested positive for the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19. The employee has not been on campus in over a week. To protect the individual’s privacy, and to be consistent with Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment public notifications, no identifying information will be provided. The individual’s close contacts are being notified.

 This is UNC's first confirmed case. UNC President Andy Feinstein previously announced that UNC's campus operations would be limited to essential personnel beginning at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. Since that time, faculty and staff have been permitted only limited access to facilities over Spring Break and until 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, to access any remaining materials they need to provide instruction and complete other work from home. Feinstein has also announced:

Transitioning all in-person classes to alternate delivery (online) for the remainder of the spring semester
Canceling all in-person events and meetings for the remainder of the spring semester
Postponing Spring Commencement ceremonies (alternate plans are in the works)
Encouraging students who are able to live off campus to do so after Spring Break 
UNC is undertaking these and other proactive steps in order to ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to actively monitor the health of our community and communicate about the wide variety of effects the pandemic response is having on our daily lives and operations. 

 In addition to social distancing, the university encourages members of the campus community to follow these CDC guidelines on ways to protect yourself. 

 More information is available on UNC's COVID-19 information page and updates will continue to posted on the site.

March 15, 2018

Law enforcement authorities are searching for a suspect wanted in connection to a report of an attempted sexual assault this morning. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 6 foot 3 inches tall and 180 pounds. He was wearing black-rimmed glasses, a mint or mossy colored hoodie sweatshirt and black jeans. He had a backpack and was traveling on a black mountain bike with a red-and-white flashing light mounted on the front.

 If you have If you have any information regarding this suspect, please immediately contact UNC PD at (970) 351-2245.

 UNC and Greeley Police responded to the report at 6:45 a.m. A person walking on campus during the pre-dawn hours was approached repeatedly by the unknown suspect, who assaulted her on the west side of the University Center after she told him to leave her alone following attempted conversations by the suspect. The suspect fled northeast on his bike toward 10th Avenue and 20th Street. Greeley and UNC Police canvassed campus and didn’t locate him.

 UNC Police want to remind the campus community to report any instance of unusual encounters or suspicious behavior by calling the department at 970-351-2245. You’re encouraged to program that number into your mobile phone. Some other precautions you can take:

Request a UNC police escort if you’re uncomfortable walking alone on campus by calling the department
If you believe someone is following you, go where there are other people.
Carry a personal alarm or whistle. 
Know where campus emergency poles are. See the Campus Emergency Pole Map.
Trust your intuition if you feel a situation is unsafe.
In addition, RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, provides tips for staying safe on college campuses.  
 Call the Greeley Police Department at 350-9600 to report a suspicious person or activity off campus. Always use 911 in the event of an emergency. 

Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police

February 7, 2017

Local law enforcement authorities today arrested a man matching the description of a person of interest identified in a crime reported Saturday, Feb. 4, in Wilson Hall.

The person taken into custody on unrelated charges was shown on UNC surveillance footage entering and exiting the residence hall around the time a student reported being unlawfully touched while taking a shower. UNC PD had been following up on leads reported to them after a crime alert with surveillance images was emailed to campus Saturday afternoon.

We believe the suspect in the case may have entered Wilson Hall by following a resident into the building, which is locked and requires card access 24 hours a day to enter. As a safety precaution, the campus community is reminded to avoid providing building access to strangers who lack permission to be inside secure areas.

The UNC Police Department extends its thanks to the campus community for tips and cooperation in helping the investigation.


Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police

February 4, 2017

Law enforcement authorities are requesting public assistance to locate a person of interest in a crime reported Saturday, Feb. 4.

At about 11:40 a.m. Saturday, a student was using the women’s common showers in Wilson Hall.  As she was showering, a man, whom she did not recognize, entered the shower stall and unlawfully touched her. After doing so, he immediately left the area and the student called police.

Authorities are searching for the man, who is described as white or Hispanic with medium-colored skin, approximately 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 inches, with black or dark brown hair.

Attached are three photos of a man whom police would like to interview regarding this incident.  He isn’t considered a suspect at this time, but was in the building during the reported time frame. If you recognize this person, please contact the UNC Police Department at (970) 351-2245.

Additionally, if you saw anyone loitering or acting suspiciously around the central campus residence halls on Saturday morning between 11 a.m. and noon, please contact the UNC Police.

Housing and Residential Education staff are aware of the situation and front desks have been notified to be on the lookout for the individual. All UNC halls require UNC card access to enter and are locked 24 hours a day.

The photos of the person of interest are also available by clicking the links below:

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Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police

December 5, 2016

Crime Alert: Greeley Police are investigating the report of an attempted robbery near campus. A UNC student reported that three men approached him Friday night, Dec. 2, in the 1800 block of 10th Avenue and demanded he empty his pockets. He said one of the suspects had a knife in hand. The student was able to leave the area without incident and didn’t see which direction the suspects went.

The suspects are described as two white males, one 6-foot and the other 5-foot and stocky; and a black male about 6-foot-2. The taller white male was reported to have an unknown style of knife in hand. There is limited information regarding this case, which is still under investigation by Greeley Police.

UNC Police remind campus to be alert and aware of their surroundings. Stay in well-lighted areas when walking at night. Call UNC Police at 970-351-2245 for an escort if you’re uncomfortable walking on campus after dark. Be sure to program that number into your cell phone and call UNC Police when you notice a suspicious activity or person on campus.

Also, please be advised that there’s been an increase in thefts from vehicles parked on campus in the past week.  There have been two arrests and two other contacts on persons lingering in parking lots. Reports indicate that suspects are pulling door handles to determine if a vehicle is unlocked. If the vehicle is unlocked they enter and steal anything of value, including spare change and minor personal items.

Please be sure to lock your vehicle and remove any obvious items of value. If you are taking any items home over break, avoid the temptation to pre-pack your vehicle. Although hours of darkness are the most likely times of such activity, this may happen at any time during the day. Be sure to call UNC Police at 970-351-2245 if you see any suspicious activity or suspicious persons in the parking lots.

 April 24, 2015

UNC Police are investigating a report of unlawful contact the night of April 23 on west campus. Police received a report of a male suspect who briefly grabbed a female from behind after she refused to talk with him. The suspect then fled after the female, who was uninjured, fought back.

Police have only a vague suspect description. However, it appears that the suspect may attempt to engage in conversation with women who are walking alone with no one else in the area before attempting physical contact.  Be particularly cautious if a stranger approaches you under these circumstances. 

UNC PD would also like to provide some basic protective measures you can take:

  • 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 when possible.
  • Call 970-351-2245 for an escort if you’re uncomfortable walking on campus after dark.
  • Utilize the campus emergency poles if necessary. For locations, see the map at https://www.unco.edu/map/?l=5  
  • Trust your instincts if you feel a situation is unsafe.
  • Call Police at 970-351-2245 to report suspicious persons or activities. Police would rather check and make sure everything is OK than have someone become a victim of a crime.
    Dennis Pumphrey
    UNC Chief of Police

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 UNC Police department at (970) 351-2254. 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 (970) 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 health 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. 

 June 27, 2014

 The UNC Police Department received a report of indecent exposure on central campus near Garden Theater about 3:45 p.m. Thursday, June 26.

The subject was caught on video and positively identified by a witness. Please view the Crime Alert flyer to view the photo. If you recognize the individual or were in the area and saw this person, please contact the UNC Police Department at (970) 351-2245 and reference case number 1402019.

The subject’s description is similar to another incident of indecent exposure that occurred at about noon May 30 near 10th Avenue and 17th Street. In this incident the male got off his bike, spoke to a witness, and then exposed himself. In Thursday’s incident, the male didn’t speak to anyone and exposed himself while riding his bike.

In both incidents, the subject is described as a white male, with dark hair and average build. The male in the first case was riding a grey mountain bike and wearing a white shirt. In the second case, the male was riding a dark-colored BMX bike and wearing a black baseball cap.

Dennis Pumphrey
UNC Chief of Police