Crime alert off campus
On December 3, 2013 at approximately 6:58 PM, an off campus strong armed robbery was reported to the Richmond Police as having occurred in the area of 1600 block of Idlewood Ave. The Richmond Police Department is handling the investigation.
Five to six black male juveniles all wearing all dark clothing. All suspects were last seen fleeing the area south and east from the scene.
Sanger Hall Update
Crime Alert follow up - attempted abduction unfounded
To the VCU and VCU Health System communities:
Last night, VCU Police issued a crime alert based on a report of an attempted abduction in the 300 block of Hancock Street. The crime alert was issued based on information that was provided by the victim. The information was distributed for the safety of VCU community.
After extensive investigation, which included interviews, analysis of electronic data and review of video footage from multiple cameras in the vicinity, the VCU Police Department is carrying this incident as “unfounded," which is defined as “the investigation conclusively proved that the action or acts complained of did not occur.” The information that was reported by the victim to the VCU Police Department was false.
At no point in time was any member of the VCU community in danger. This follow-up to the crime alert is to help relieve the fear the alert produced.
VCU Police encourage all members of the community to always use good judgment and maintain good safety habits as the semester comes to a close. For more information on ways to stay safe in our urban environment, please visit www.police.vcu.edu and call us at 804-828-1234 if you ever see someone or something suspicious.
Sanger Hall Update (8:30 p.m.)
To the VCU and VCU Health System communities:
VCU's Sanger Hall, which was badly damaged in a water main break last week, will resume partial operations on Monday, Dec. 2. Sanger Hall Phase III, with the exception of level B3, will be open for use. Building occupants and visitors should expect some inconveniences while crews continue work to bring the entire building online.
Please note that, for the week of 12/2/13, classes and other activities that were scheduled this semester in Sanger rooms 1-038, 2-020, 3-016, 4-026, 6-032 and 8-036 have been relocated to rooms in other Health Sciences facilities. Most activities have also been relocated from Sanger 1-044, which is in Phase 3 of the building and should be operational later in the week to support a limited number of activities that require video transmission to remote locations. All instructors and contacts for these classes and activities have been notified of the new room assignments. In addition, room locations for classes scheduled in the next several days are currently available on the Health Sciences Instructional Scheduling web page:
http://www.healthsciences.vcu.edu/edu/roomscheduling/index.html under the red ALERT statement. The rest of the week's class schedules will be added in the next couple of days.
The following is an update on restoration of Sanger and other buildings on the Medical Center campus:
· Hunton Hall is operational now
· Sanger Phase III is operational with the exception of B3. There may be a few electrical components that will not be working. The elevators that are working are in Phase I. These do go down to the B3 level.
· Sanger Phase II will not be operational until at least Thursday due to more power and sewer issues. The far right lane of Marshall Street beside Sanger will be closed for sewer line and emergency generator support.
· Sanger Phase I will not be operational until at least Thursday and B3 will not be available. Currently on limited emergency power. When Phase I does come on line, it may be using generators for some time.
· Sanger B2 – 12 (upper level floors) all phases: Refrigerators that are not on emergency power that may have been used for storing personal items, as well as some that may have had chemicals/specimens in them, need to be cleaned out on Monday. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety (OEHS), and facilities, will assist with the appropriate disposal locations.
· Elevators: Currently elevators 2, 3 and 4 are operational. All freight elevators are out (one freight elevator may come back on line by Tuesday; all other elevators will not be available until Thursday). As power is restored and elevators are repaired, elevator banks will be changed and occupants notified.
· Sanger/B3: B3 will not be available in any phases until after the winter closing. To prevent severe mold issues, and to conduct abatement, B3 will need to be cleared out of supplies, materials, cabinets and other nonstructural elements. We are isolating B3 from the remainder of the building so that, while abatement and restoration are underway, no other parts of the building will be affected. OEHS will be on site. Occupants are asked to retrieve any items they need immediately. Starting Monday, access to B3 will be severely restricted.
· Sanger Loading Dock Relocation to MMRB: Until we can return to normal operations at the Sanger loading dock, vendor deliveries will be managed as follows.
o Please ask receivers to postpone delivery of any non-essential items until the loading dock is back in service.
o All essential deliveries should be diverted to the loading dock at MMRB. A receiving clerk from Facilities Management will accept shipments and a mover will deliver packages to Sanger staff for final delivery.
o The physical address of MMRB is 1220 E. Broad Street.
· MMRB. A leak unrelated to the Sanger Hall issues resulted in a short in the electrical system, forcing the building to rely on emergency power, which will be the case until Monday. The building should be fully back on line by late Monday.
· 12th Street: It is expected that 12th Street will be excavated by the city to make water main repairs as well as storm sewer repairs starting Monday. This street is currently blocked to traffic due to construction prior to the water main break.
· Work orders for Sanger. Facilities will have an individual at the front desk from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday for additional issues that may arise.
Following is a description of the Sanger Hall phases:
Phase I - Marshall Street Side Floors B3-9
Phase II - Marshall Street Side Floor 10-12
Phase III - Broad Street Side Floors B3-12
Please check the VCU Alert page at www.alert.vcu.edu to ascertain any changes in the status of repairs and recovery. We will continue to provide updates on the recovery effort as new developments become available.
Sheldon Retchin, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Senior Vice President for Health Sciences
Francis Macrina, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research
Jerome Strauss, III, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
Update on Sanger Hall restoration
For those people based at Sanger Hall, here are the boundary locators for the phases referenced in the restoration plans:
Phase 1 - Marshall Street Side Floors B3-9
Phase 2 - Marshall Street Side Floor 10-12
Phase 3 - Broad Street Side Floors B3-12
The only area opening is Phase 3, except for level B3. Another update will be issued Sunday evening.
It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.
The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.
The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see www.police.vcu.edu and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and to share this information with other members of the community.
VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.